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Thursday, February 27, 2014

REVIEW: The Twin's Daughter, by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Lucy Sexton is stunned when her mother’s identical twin sister shows up at the family’s front door one day. Separated at birth, the two women have had dramatically different upbringings, and Lucy’s mother, Aliese, will do anything to make it up to Helen-including taking Helen into their home and turning her into a lady that all of society will admire. Aunt Helen’s transformation is remarkable. But is it just Lucy’s imagination, or does Helen seem to enjoy being mistaken for Lucy’s mother? 

Then, on New Year’s Day, Lucy is horrified to find her aunt and mother tied to chairs in the parlor. One of them has been brutally murdered-but which twin has died? Surely her daughter will know...

What an awesome book! It's a Gothic thriller that just doesn't disappoint. With multiple climactic points, this book keeps you guessing to the very end...just like Lucy is. You spend the story puzzling out the truth right along with Lucy. Truly, I didn't "know" the final outcome until the end. It's not predictable.

Lucy starts out as young, pre-teen, though it's hard to capture that because she seems so grown-up. But, she's an only child in the early 19th just weren't like kids these days. She grows up in the story, which takes place over several years, and this is written beautifully and fairly seamlessly.

I could see this as a movie..with Nicole Kidman as the mother and aunt.

What do you think??

Disclosure of Material Connection: I purchased this title as an ebook for my personal collection. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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