Corvus Books July 2017
Robin and Sarah weren’t the closest of twins. They weren’t even that similar. But they loved each other dearly. Until, in the cruellest of domestic twists, they were taken from one another.
Now, in her early 30s, Robin lives alone. Agoraphobic and suffering from panic attacks, she spends her days pacing the rooms of her house. The rest of the time she watches – watches the street, the houses, the neighbours. Until one day she sees something she shouldn’t…
And Sarah? Sarah got what she wanted – the good looking man, the beautiful baby, the perfect home. But she’s just been accused of the most terrible thing of all. She can’t be around her new family until she has come to terms with something that happened a long time ago. And to do that, she needs to track down her twin sister.
But Sarah isn’t the only person looking for Robin. As their paths intersect, something dangerous is set in motion, leading Robin and Sarah to fight for something much more than their relationship…
This book had been sitting on my #unreadshelf a while so a recent holiday seemed the ideal time to pick it up and see what it was all about! A curious read insofar as at times I found myself wondering where it was going – when something was going to happen. However I found the journey interesting so this was merely an observation.
Told across 2 distinct time periods – the present day and the childhood years from age 9 onwards and from the perspectives of Robin and Sarah. Interestingly Sarah’s story is in the first person narrative, while Robin’s is written in the third person.
At the time of meeting in adulthood, Robin and Sarah are both, separately going through their own crisis and their childhood stories help the reader to understand how they have got to this point, alone and estranged from each other.
There is much the reader doesn’t know for the majority of the book and while this created intrigue, it is in the final quarter that this story really does begin to pick up pace and come together.
I enjoyed the book, my first Holly Seddon. The short chapters made for a fairly quick read which was very easy to follow. Tackling some difficult issues, which personally I think the author did well, this is a recommended read from me.
Thanks as always for reading.