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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 sisters have had dramatically different upbringings--and have never known of the other's existence. Lucy''s mother soon becomes determined to transform her sister Helen into the kind of lady that all o society will admire. And the change in Aunt Helen is indeed remarkable. But is it just Lucy's imagination, or does Aunt Helen seem to delight in being mistaken for Lucy's mother...especially where Lucy's father is concerned? Then one day Lucy is horrified to stumble upon a scene of brutal murder in her own house. Who is behind the vicious slaying--and who has been left alive?
Character Development: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Total Score: 64/70
Obtained: Free ARC provided by publisher.
Age Appropriate? PG-13
Language: None that I recall.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Some drinking and drunkenness; mild references to drugs of the age, I think I remember.
Sexual Content: Alludes to sex; some erotic scenes.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Very graphic, very bloody murder.
The Twin's Daughter is a book unlike anything I have read before. Wildly fascinating, it is a very intimate look at life during this period, a time when girls were sheltered and ignored in equal parts. Lucy was a wonderful heroine. When she's younger, she's slightly irritating, but still very much a strong-willed, charming child. As she grows, she becomes an intelligent, determined woman that I loved reading about.
This book is intriguing like many Gothic-style novels, perfectly blending mystery and romance in a slow-paced, chilling way. From the start, it is clear that something larger is afoot, but the exact nature of the thing is never fully revealed. Even now, I'm not entirely satisfied with the ending. There's something so unsettling about a pair of identical women who may or may not have ulterior motives as they go about their daily tasks. Add in a gruesome murder, and it becomes downright bizarre.
An alluring, suspenseful novel that is sure to leave you second guessing yourself. It will not disappoint.