Chloé Esposito

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Narrated By: Emily Atack

Duration: 9 hours and 55 minutes

What to expect

Penguin presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of Mad by Chloe Esposito, read by Emily Atack.

Seven days of sin. Seven days of secrets. Seven days to steal her sister's life.

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.

'The must-have beach read'

'Sizzlingly glamorous'

'A fast-paced tale of sex, lies and murder'


Modern & contemporary fiction, Psychological thriller, Comic (humorous) crime & mystery, Contemporary romance, Fantasy romance

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The white-hot debut


Pure, unadulterated entertainment. There is nothing Chloé Esposito's Alvie won't do. Strap in for a fun, fast and fresh read

author of Sunday Times bestseller Good Me Bad Me

If you loved [Paula Hawkins'] Into the Water, try Mad


Allergic to chick lit? Meet Alvie Knightly . . . Insane as its title promises

Mail on Sunday

One of the most compelling and hilarious characters we've come across in a long time. Warning: this brilliant and dark book is not for the faint-hearted

New Magazine

This novel cracks along with frenetic, addictive style, beautifully descriptive in hot and heavy fashion . . . highly recommended

NetGalley Reviewer

Mad is deliciously over-the-top, with a protagonist you'll never forget and an ending that promises more chaos to come


A page-turner, compelling and delightfully crazy. I can't wait for books two and three

NetGalley Reviewer

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

She's an evil hot mess is what she is, and I kinda like it!

bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k

100% MAD about this book

NetGalley Reviewer

Mad is certainly mad! I was hooked on our hero, Alvie

NetGalley Reviewer

Chloé Esposito has broken the mould. The unconventional heroine and plot breaks so many conventions leading to an enjoyable, fast-paced read, which manages to be well-written and funny. It is perfect for the beach or a long journey

NetGalley Reviewer

Whoa! Yeah I started my review like that . . . but that's what this book is whoooaaa! it truly is M.A.D. . . . Mental Addictive

NetGalley Reviewer

Chloe Esposito introduces a compelling and uncensored antiheroine

US Weekly

Chloe [has] a fantastic natural vibrancy and humour in her work

Richard Skinner, Director of Fiction at the Faber Academy

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


Trust us when we say that you won't ever have encountered a character quite like Alvie Knightly - the often-drunk, sex-mad, always-sassy heroine . . . A brilliantly bonkers read


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


Insane for all the right reasons - once you meet Alvie Knightly you won't want to turn your back on her, no way!

NetGalley Reviewer

Like The Devil Wears Prada - fast-paced, but funnier and more readable

Independent, 10 Best Debut Novels by Women Authors

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


Raunchy, fun


Absolutely loved this book, a real page turner and I didn't want to come to the end

NetGalley Reviewer

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


What readers are saying about Mad


Sizzlingly glamorous


Using Sicily as a backdrop with its gorgeous architecture, villas and sexy men, Esposito pens an unforgettable summer debut headed by a no-holds-barred protagonist

Library Journal

I just read Mad in one go. I bloody LOVED it. Like Gone Girl, if Amy Schumer had written it. SUCH fun