Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Twins - Saskia Sarginson

Publisher: Redhook (August 27, 2013)
Pages: 384
Source:  I received a review copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Genre: Adult, Suspense, Mystery

I know many people who hate reading books that are told in multiple points of view.  I happen to love it.  I feel like I get a more rounded picture in my head.  This book is not only told in multiple points of view but also alternates between first and third person.

This is the story of two twins who lived with their mother who was a hippy.  She had originally lived in a commune and then moved the kids into a cabin in the woods.  She kind of let them do their own thing.  They spent a lot of time in the woods. It is there that they met twin brother Michael and John.  Then something terrible happens.  Their mother dies and they go to live with an aunt.
Isolte, called Issy has grown up to be very successful.  Her twin Viola has battled an eating disorder.  As she is in the hospital Issy decides to help her.  The only way is to go back to their childhood home and face the demons that are keeping Viola in this state of self-destruction.

Issy's chapters are told in third person and deal with present time which happens to be 1987. Viola's chapters are told in first person as flashbacks to 1972.  There are many secrets to be uncovered for both of the to heal properly.  There were a lot of things that kept you reading.  I love books that are so descriptive.  This author has the ability to describe the setting so that you feel you are there or you wish you were.  She has also created an emotional read that kept me turning the pages.  As I tell my students, a book that can pull you in and make you emotional is a good book. This in my opinion is a great book.

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