Jess C. Scott
Reviewed by Jennifer Hass for Reader Views (5/14)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘Playmates’ by Jess C. Scott on Blogcritics.
I have been known to watch a lot of true crime shows on the Investigation Discovery Channel and dig into shows like “Evil Twins,” among others. When I was offered “Playmates” by Jess C. Scott for review, I was intrigued after noticing two things; psychological thriller and twins. Not only do I love to read horror and thrillers, I am fascinated with twins, especially evil ones.
Tania and Trevor are introduced at the age of 9. They are twin siblings, Trevor being the one born first. Like many twins, they share a unique bond. They are being raised in a very dysfunctional home where mom favors Trevor and Tania is the more neglected twin. The twins are brilliantly portrayed through the age of 13, with point of views from each of the twins switching back and forth between chapters. The synopsis says this: “Instincts that turn into a deadly game igniting their first taste for blood,” which pretty much sums it up without me having to spoil anything for the next reader.
During the time I was reading “Playmates” I noticed that the Lifetime Channel happened to be premiering “Pedals on the Wind,” the movie version of the sequel to “Flowers in the Attic.” I was about half way through “Playmates” when I took a break to watch these movies. I remember “Flowers in the Attic,” however I don’t think I was of the age where I realized how dark and disturbing the storyline of V.C. Andrews’ books were. I watched both movies back to back, thanks to strategic programming, and then came back to “Playmates.”
I could not help but notice the similarities in my emotions between Andrews’ story and Scott’s story. Both storylines are totally different however they are both dark and truly disturbing in their own unique way. If reading “Flowers in the Attic” bothered you in an entertaining kind of way, you may just like the effects of “Playmates.” Now, the book is really dark and disturbing for sure but truth be told, I could not stop reading it. It is unconventional, it’s creepy and I was completely fascinated.
Jess C. Scott writes the thoughts of innocent minds heading for evil. The most precious bond that only twins could share is completely turned upside down and taken to a whole different level. I could not deny the unsettling feeling deep in my stomach while I read. At the same time, I was so entertained. “Playmates” is a fictional novel. It is NOT for the faint of heart.
If you enjoy exploring the dark side of people like I do, I would highly recommend “Playmates” by Jess C. Scott. Book one ends suddenly and I am not sure how long I will be able to wait to read the next book in the series, which has an even more sinister title: “Bedmates.” I can only image that this series is going to take me on a fictional ride like no other. Bring it on sista! 5 Stars!