The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
Publication date: July 8, 2014
THE HALF LIFE OF MOLLY PIERCE by Katrina Leno is a mind-numbing psychological mystery that takes the reader on a journey through life in the eyes of someone with a dissociate identity disorder. Leno’s novel is a tragic story about your not-so-average teenager, Molly, who suffers through life from multiple personalities. Ever since Molly was a young girl, she has lived a double life and has yet to figure it out. What she doesn’t know is that the strange blackouts she experiences frequently, is caused by Mabel, a separate personality playing host to her life and body. Molly has no idea of the alter life she lives, until her two worlds clash in a devastating accident, and the secret life she was living starts to emerge.
This novel is an intriguing psychological thriller, packed with enough mystery and riveting action to leave you entranced for hours. Although the mental mystery may only appeal to a small range, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is enticed by these sophisticated brainteasers. Slowly the reader is let into the main character’s world and everything seems to unravel instantly. Leno does a brilliant job tying all of the characters in the plot together, allowing the reader to be shocked by what they discover after every turn of the page. The novel holds an underlying message of feeling whole, secure, and coming to accept one’s self despite anything that might make us out of the ordinary. I believe this book is appropriate for ages 13 and up.