The Masterpiecers by Olivia Wildenstein

The MasterpiecersThe Masterpiecers by Olivia Wildenstein
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ivy Redd has won a coveted spot on a reality TV competition, The Masterpiecers, taking place in New York’s Metropolitan Museum. The competition is for young artists competing to win the grand prize of a hundred thousand dollars and a spot in the Masterpiecers, a school for new artists. However, Ivy has a twin, Aster, who has been arrested for murder after hitting a mob member with her car.

The story switches back and forth between Ivy and Aster as Ivy competes in the reality competition and Aster is locked away in an Indiana jail. Aster claims self defense and thinks she will be released from prison right away but as the story unfolds we find the real truth behind the actions of these twins.

The Masterpiecers is a psychological thriller that has a reader hooked from the beginning with so many secrets and lies to uncover all throughout the story. Definitely a page turner going back and forth between the sisters that will keep a reader thinking all throughout trying to figure out what had happened to land these girls where they are.

Each sister has her own personality and tale to tell but their lives are still intertwined in everything even being separated. The girls were treated differently growing up and Ivy has turned into the over achieving good sister while Aster grew up feeling she was never good enough and would never amount to anything. The two obviously have a close relationship but also share a mutual distrust of each other due to their situations.

Definitely a good job with an original setting in this story with the reality competition. These days it seems like reality shows are taking over on television but the idea of doing one for artists to compete was certainly an interesting twist. Also, being from Indiana myself even though Aster’s setting could be placed in a jail anywhere it was nice to read about my own home state so that was rather fun for me.

My only complaint when finished reading this story is that it ended, while this did give an explanation to what had happened that night there’s still a lot that could be covered in the twins story but then I found out there will be a second book in this series so I’m quite looking forward to picking that one up.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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