ARC Review: Losing Leah by Tiffany King


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Title: Losing Leah
Author: Tiffany King
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Hardcover, 320 Pages
Published March 2018


Summary: Ten years after the tragic disappearance of her twin sister Leah, sixteen-year-old Mia Klein still struggles to exist within a family that has never fully recovered. Deep in the dark recesses of her mind lies an overwhelming shadow, taunting Mia with mind-splitting headaches that she tries to hide in an effort to appear okay. Leah Klein's life as she knew it ended the day she was taken, thrust into a world of abuse and fear by a disturbed captor―"Mother," as she insists on being called. Ten years later, any recollections of her former life are nothing more than fleeting memories, except for those about her twin sister, Mia. As Leah tries to gain the courage to escape, Mia's headaches grow worse. Soon, both sisters will discover that their fates are linked in ways they never realized.

***I received an ARC of Losing Leah in exchange for an honest review that was originally submitted to/published on TeenReads.com and have received permission to cross-post this review on The Book Bratz!***

You guys. You guys. I just finished this book a little while ago, and I'm still reeling. Losing Leah was an epic, mind-bending thriller that had me hooked from start to finish and threw it so many plot twists that I wasn't expecting, which kept me indulging in this roller coaster until this very end. I'm still shaking a little bit, this book truly affected me that much. 

As the summary explains, Losing Leah is the story of Leah Klein, a teenage girl who had been abducted from her front lawn when she was only six. While she was trapped in a basement and answering to her abusive "Mother", her twin sister, Mia, was living her life and having a "normal" high school experience and struggling to remember her twin sister, praying that she was, at the very least, alive. So this book takes you through their respective lives.

I really enjoyed the thrills of this book. I was constantly flipping the pages, eager to see what was going to happen next and how Leah was going to handle her life being held captive by her abductor, the woman who demands that Leah calls her "Mother." But then Leah starts building her plans to escape the basement she's been shackled in for the past ten years, and Mia suffers headaches that get worse and worse until she is literally bedridden...and then you find out that the sisters have more in common than you'd ever imagine. This book was just seriously incredible and packed so many great punches that I wasn't expecting. 

(MAJOR spoilers in this paragraph, so please skip to the next paragraph if you don't want the book ruined for you!) When Leah was finally rescued and you find out about her being Mia all along...I was completely floored. I actually had to put the book down and take a walk because I was so shocked. I'm usually surprised by plot twists (I'm not super good at figuring them out in advance), but this one completely caught me off guard without seeming too out of left field or out of place within the story. And then the hits kept on coming when you found out about Leah/Mia's high school friends that aren't real, either! Even after the first reveal, I guess I figured that stuff like that wouldn't happen again. But it did!!! TWICE!!! The Gunner one...wow. That reveal happened three times throughout the book, and I was completely caught off guard every single time. I still can't believe it. It was seriously that good.

(More major spoilers here -- please continue onto the next paragraph!) The only thing I wasn't super keen on with this book was the fact that the plot twist of Leah/Mia imagining people, while it was still surprising, eventually made me start questioning everything in the book. By the time I found out that Gunner wasn't real, I began to question every other character that came into play. Was she imagining her dad? Her brother? Amber? The girls that taunted her at school that her brother never seemed to take notice of? It all seemed a bit nerve-wracking to me, since that plot point had been used three times already, and I wasn't sure I could trust who was real and who wasn't after that. So that left me a little suspicious, but that was the only thing I can say I really wasn't crazy about in this book. Everything else was absolutely excellent.

Anybody that knows me knows that I am the biggest chicken in the entire universe -- I'm not a fan of being scared, whether in real life (like on rollercoasters!) or by watching/reading scary material. So I was a bit worried going into this book that it was going to be really gory or really terrifying. But this book was the opposite -- it was the perfect blend of mystery and thrills to keep me hooked and give me chills without being classified as downright terrifying. So that was definitely a plus for me!

Overall, I really enjoyed Losing Leah. The book took me on a ride that I wasn't expecting, and those plot twists kept my heart pounding. Tiffany King expertly created a thrilling, terrifying story of love, loss, and putting a life back together after so many years of damage -- and she did it in a way that felt real, gripping, and urgent. I'm so glad that I received the opportunity to review this book, because I tore through the nearly 400 pages in less than two days because I kept wanting to read the following chapter to see what would happen next! And if this book isn't on your TBR, trust me when I say you're missing out -- get it on there ASAP!





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