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Following the success of L.S. Hilton's Maestra series, it appears that wicked and murderous females are back in vogue (but had they ever truly faded away?). Alvina is down on her luck in London when she receives a call from her more successful and beautiful twin sister to join her in Sicily. Soon, she is murdering people with distracted aplomb and turning her life around in unexpected ways, accumulating male conquests on the way. It's the Talented Mister Ripley with a twist and a sharp sense of humour as the amoral Alvie rises and rises on the back of all opposition. Sisters, brothers in law, local Mafia studs, sculptor lovers next door, crooked priests... nothing can stop her in her quest for the perfect life she confidently believes she is owed. The first person narrative takes you into its conniving confidence and makes you almost an accomplice to her misdeeds. Wonderful guilty fun and the beginning of a trilogy with Bad and Dangerous to Know to come next. I can't wait! 

Maxim Jakubowski

Mad Synopsis

 Beth has always been the golden girl, leaving her identical twin, Alvie, in her shadow. She has everything Alvie ever wanted - the money, the hot husband, the cute baby, the fast car. So when she invites Alvie for seven sun-drenched days at her luxury villa in Sicily, Alvie accepts. Just because Alvie can't stand Beth doesn't mean she can't enjoy a slice of her decadent lifestyle. But her usually goody-two-shoes twin has a hidden agenda. And when the sisters swap identities for a day, it ends badly for Beth. Very badly. It's Alvie's chance to steal the life that she deserves . . . If she can get away with it. 'Sizzlingly glamorous' Guardian 'A fast-paced tale of sex, lies and murder' Stylist

Mad Press Reviews

'Sizzlingly glamorous' - Guardian

'This summer's raciest read . . . The must-have beach read for millennials this summer' - Telegraph

'A summer read to make you hotter than the weather outside . . . you'd be mad not to find room for this in your case' - Sun 

'A fast-paced tale of sex, lies and murder . . . Sex and the City dialled up several notches' - Stylist

'The white-hot debut' - Glamour

'Gone Girl plus . . . Esposito has added a dollop of Bridget Jones to the mix' - Telegraph

'So begins this caper that has Alvina up to her neck in designer labels, hot sex and trouble . . . outrageous - it kept me reading' - Daily Mail 

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ISBN: 9781405928793
Publication date: 31/05/2018
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405928793
Publication date: 31st May 2018
Author: Chloe Esposito
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Thriller / suspense,

About Chloe Esposito

Chloe Esposito is from Cheltenham and now lives in London. She has a BA and MA in English from Oxford University, where her dissertation focused on nineteenth-century feminist writers. She has been a senior management consultant, an English teacher at two of the UK's top private schools and a fashion stylist at Conde Nast. She is thirty-two, a graduate of the Faber Academy and is now writing full-time. Mad, the first book in the Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know series, is Chloe's first novel. Author photo © Charlie Hopkinson

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