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White Bodies

3.39  ·  Rating details ·  2,530 ratings  ·  632 reviews
This chilling psychological suspense novel--think Strangers on a Train for the modern age--explores the dark side of love and the unbreakable ties that bind two sisters together.

Felix and Tilda seem like the perfect couple: young and in love, a financier and a beautiful up-and-coming starlet. But behind their flawless facade, not everything is as it seems.

Callie, Tilda's
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published December 28th 2017 by HQ (first published September 19th 2017)
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Touchstone Books
Shelves: from-publisher
Disturbing, creepy, and unsettling- these are a few of the words that come to mind when I think of White Bodies. I'm usually let down by hyped up psychological thrillers, but this one was an updated take on an age old idea that we've seen time and again. I almost hate to categorize it as a mystery, because those who have read similar books in years past will likely see the who and why early on, but that isn't what makes this particular read so juicy. Robins has taken many characters who are unli ...more
j e w e l s
Dear Influential Reader (YOU!),

Please move White Bodies to the top of your TBR. Read it now! It is so good, so good, so good! I checked the ratings on Goodreads about midway through this little gem and was shocked to see so few! It looks like most readers have it sitting on their e-reader, a gift from NetGalley, perhaps. It's time to read it, people! YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

I get it....I wasn't exactly excited to start another run of the mill (twins, again?) mystery, suspense whatever. But
Meredith ( on Semi-Hiatus until February)


White Bodies was a rather painful read for me--I felt like I have read much stronger versions of this book before. Although, Callie’s weird “eating” obsession was a new one. After reading some great reviews touting the creepy weirdness of this book, I was super excited to get my hands on a copy. I love creepy weird. But White Bodies fell on the wrong side of weird for me.

This is a psychological thriller about an obsessive relationship between twin sisters, Callie and Tilda.
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2.5 Stars

I have always found twins and multiples fascinating. So when the opportunity to read “White Bodies” came up, I was looking forward to reading it.

When Tilda invites her new man, Felix to movie night, her twin sister, Callie is unimpressed but curious. She doesn’t often meet Tilda’s friends, especially the men in her sister’s life. When she first meets Felix, he seems polite and interested in Callie. He also appears
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s been much buzz surrounding this book and its high level of creepiness. So I went in with a little trepidation. And yes, it does start out very disturbing, but soon settles in to a good old fashioned, twisty thriller. So enter with caution, but if you enjoy creepy thrillers, chances are you’ll really like this one!!

Callie and Tilda are twin sisters, yet couldn’t be more different. Where one shines the other is hidden. Tilda has a new boyfriend Felix. She hopes Callie will like him and app
Elyse  Walters
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever found yourself reading a book - when suddenly you find yourself slowing down to enjoy a minor scene?.... noticing how refreshing it was?

Even though the plot was the driving force for my desire to keep reading ( find out how the story ends) - the complexion of the characters were too smooth. If there had been a little more texture to each of them- more dimensional complexity- it would have made them more compelling - more cerebral attributes. Although ‘Callie’ is the ‘most’ stando
Holly  B
Compulsively creepy and captivating! This novel sent some shivers down my spine and I loved it!

Is it weird and quirky? Yes
Is it fascinating? Yes
Is it twisted? Yes

Twins Callie and Tilda are close. Callie has always felt the need to “watch after” her sister. Tilda is a glamorous actress and Callie is much more plain and works in a book shop. Enter Felix, Tilda’s new love interest. Felix is successful and has a controlling personality and Callie can’t help but protect her twin sister from his
Sarah Joint
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's no better way to describe this book than dark, twisted, and creepy. I actually physically cringed while reading more than a few times. I read a lot of dark stories, and it's rare for me to have that reaction. Don't get me wrong: this story isn't graphic at all. The disturbing parts are more psychological. Just shy of 300 pages, it's easy to devour in a day... and if you have time, you probably will. I could hardly put it down. Suspense, twins, abuse, jealousy... it sounds like several bo ...more
Susanne  Strong
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.65 Stars* (rounded up).

Weird, Wild and Completely Freakish.

“White Bodies” by Jane Robins - this is a book that will make you uncomfortable. You will shift in your seat & get hot under the collar. Yet you will not be able to stop reading it and it will feel somewhat obsessive. Let’s dig in.

Obsessive - just like Callie, one of the main characters in “White Bodies.” Callie is Tilda’s twin sister. She is consumed by her sister Tilda, a self-centered actress, who has smooth, translucent skin and b
 3.5 Stars. Callie usually only visits her twin sister Tilda once a month, but Tilda has been inviting her over more often since she started getting serious with her new boyfriend Felix. Callie is thrilled to be included in her sister's life. At first she finds Felix beguiling, but she begins to see signs that he's abusive and controlling. Her once vibrant sister seems to be withering away, but Tilda refuses to entertain Callie's concerns. Callie joins the forums for support, ...more
Diane S ☔
Two strange sisters, twins, Tilda supposedly the brilliant, intense one. Callie, enthralled with her twin, unusual habits, to get closer to understanding her, wanting to be her, consume her essense. In my opinion both of these girls could have used mental health intervention when they were younger. Now grown, Tilda is said to be a well known actress, in a new relationship with a fabulous man. Callie, just biding time, still hanging on her sisters coattails, but now worried about her too, concern ...more

WHITE BODIES is a roller coaster of CRAZY. Twin sisters Tilda and Callie are so very with a CRAZY obsessive behavior I have never read about in any novel....a behavior I still cannot believe....and the other with a CRAZY dark agenda I did not see coming.

So.....ENTER dangerous, controlling man who pulls Tilda away from Callie and together with his impulsive aggressive behavior, the plot thickens to a place you may think sounds familiar, but in fact en

Copy furnished by Net Galley for the price of a review.

Twins. One dark, one golden. Callie feels overwhelmed by her twin, excluded. Tilda is exuberant, gregarious, the center of attention wherever she goes. Callie is just so . . . ordinary. Quiet and intense. And twisted. Note the differences between them, and the sameness. The obsession that lies within. Stalker or prey? Victim or monster? And how does Felix fit into the puzzle?
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
A book about jacked up twins? When I'm supposed to be reading some October horror.

Callie and Tilda are those twins. Callie has always been the unassuming sister that blended into the background so that star Tilda could shine.
Callie has some issues though..when she was growing up she wanted some of Tilda's shine to come her way and so she devised ways for that to happen. Including swallowing some..ah well you'll have to read it.

You think that's weird? It gets even weirder when Tilda forgets
White Bodies by Jane Robins is a 2017 Touchstone publication.

Unconventional, incongruous, and macabre-

Callie and Tilda are twins, but are polar opposites, in appearance and personality. Tilda, an actress, is on the cusp of stardom, while Callie stands in the shadows, living a quiet life as a bookstore clerk.

But, when Tilda becomes involved with Felix, Callie begins to worry that Tilda is withdrawing, losing weight, maybe abusing herself or being abused by Felix, putting her career in jeopardy,
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Menacing, dark, and incredibly eerie!

White Bodies is a gritty, gripping, character-driven novel that delves into the dynamic relationship between sister’s, especially twins, and highlights that we only see what people want to show us and even then we only see what we want to see.

The writing is fluid and clear. The characters are multilayered, deceptive, and unstable. And the plot uses a past/present, back-and-forth style to create suspense and tension as it subtly unravels the relationships, his
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-own
Tilda and Callie are twins that couldn't be more different. Tilda is a beautiful yet struggling actress and Callie is the quiet introspective one that lives in her sisters shadow. Add to this mix, Felix, an abusive husband to Tilda, "interesting" ( 🤮 ) eating habits, and a murderous plan and you've got the makings of one crazy concoction that is White Bodies. Being that this is basically a re-hashing of Strangers on a Train I had some idea of what was going to happen but, I'll admit, the author ...more
Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Setting: London, England
Triggers: Nah

In a nutshell, this book is about the awkward, introverted twin sister versus the beloved and outgoing twin sister. There's more inner monologue than actual dialogue and plenty of flashback scenes generously mixed into the text.

The narrator in this story was obsessed with her twin. How so? (view spoiler)
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars. It was a 4 star right up until the last few pages when I wanted to scream "Are you F'ing kidding Me?"

So, I really enjoyed the book and I am still trying to figure out what I think of the ending.....

Callie and Tilda are twins. Since they were children, Callie appears to be obsessed with her sister (eating her things!?!) and Tilda seemed to be the twin in controlled. Tilda does not come off as the nicest person and was often mean to her sister growing up. But was she mean or was she cr
We were lost in the weedy, mudding, murky coulee reading this with some of our Traveling Sisters and we ended up splitting into different coulees.

White Bodies is a chilling, creepy and unsettling psychological suspense thriller that explores the dark side of love and obsession that binds twin sisters together.

Jane Robins does a good job bringing on a very shocking unsettling twist that stunned us and we all became a little uncomfortable in the weedy muddy puddles of the coulee and wondering if
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 Stars

Callie and Tilda are twins. Tilda is an actress and Callie works in a bookshop. Callie was always the observant child. So when Tilda introduced her boyfriend, Felix, to Callie she noticed everything; that how Felix is in charge of everything, how Tilda was insecure around him, how Tilda became so thin, how she was inactive in her career anymore and how Tilda’s body became bruised…!! So she started to search in internet and found a site about controlling men and met two other people, on
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars. I did not guess that ending.
Erin Clemence
Sep 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an electronic ARC of this novel, received in exchange for an honest review.

“White Bodies” is the first fiction novel from author Jane Robins. In “Bodies”, Tilda, a has-been actress, meets and falls in love with Felix, an American financier. Tilda’s twin sister, Callie, is as quiet and reserved as Tilda is outspoken and loud. It is Callie who notices the marks on her sister’s arms, how her sister’s once commandeering personality has dwindled into someone
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

Despite having to wait months in order to obtain a copy and receiving frequent messages from my book bestie such as . . . .

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Amazingly, I was unspoiled on White Bodies before beginning.

All I knew was that this was a story about adult twin sisters Tilda and Callie – one of which had some bizarre methods when it came to making sure the two would be as close as possible. Those things made me think . . . .

And that I defin
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, non-fiction
I didn't know where this one was going, so kudos to the author for keeping me off track.

This is a dark, character-driven thriller that delves into the relationship between twins sisters Callie and Tilda. Told from Callie's POV, she is brutally honest about her obsession with all things Tilda. As in most twin stories, Tilda is the shining star: beautiful, charismatic, the center of attention. Callie is always in the background, just happy to be a part of her world.

But something isn't right with T
⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 / 5 rounded up to 4 🌟 for Goodreads

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Dark and twisted, and often disturbing, White Bodies is something different that's for sure.

I literally don't know what to think about this book. It's very obvious to me that Jane Robins is a very talented writer, but man this book is WEIRD. The eating obsession, the weird twin/sister
It looks like I am on an island all alone... Or, if there are others here, we have not found each other yet.

Reading White Bodies was a little short of pure torture. I said early on that it reminded me of a movie on the Lifetime Movie Network. Now, that I have finished it, I feel bad for insulting Lifetime. The plot; the characters; the overall story just did not live up to the respective potential that each possessed. I had to pat myself on the back for even finishing the book. Do you u
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WOW I loved this book. Drama, tension, shock value, and utterly engrossing pacing. This book is pretty darn crazy - as far as psychological thrillers go, it had some seriously twisted scenes. Totally surpassed my expectations!!
Krystin Rachel
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If you’ve ever wanted to eat your sister’s hair, this book is for you.

Or if you just like reading twisty novels about obsession, with a dose of weirdness, then definitely try this. I will in no way assume it’s because you also eat your sister’s hair.

This novel has a decidedly bleak and gloomy, unsettled atmosphere hanging over it, with a noir quality that is subtle, but evident. Combine that with twins and the “murder exchange” trope and you’ve got yourself something tha
Liz Barnsley
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A definite 5 wonderfully twisted and creepy stars.

Memorable characters and a highly creepy feel to this. Admittedly the resolution was no surprise but that did not detract from the fact that this is beautifully written, explores mostly the relationship between 2 sisters who are both, frankly, all the weird and whether you want to call it a psychological thriller or not it is, for sure, an incredibly riveting character study.

It is indeed deeply disturbing, the voice that Jane Robins gives to Call
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Jane Robins began her career as a journalist with The Economist, The Independent, and the BBC. She has made a specialty of writing historical true crime and has a particular interest in the history of forensics. She has published three books of nonfiction in the UK, Rebel Queen (Simon & Schuster, 2006), The Magnificent Spilsbury (John Murray, 2010), and The Curious Habits of Doctor Adams (John Mur ...more

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