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The Twin by Natasha Preston

IMG_20200302_150349_668.jpgPublished March 2020 by Delacorte Press


After their parents divorced, 10-year-old twins Ivy and Iris were split up–Ivy lived with Dad, Iris with Mom. Now, after a tragic accident takes their mom’s life, the twins are reunited and Iris moves in with Ivy and their dad. Devastated over Mom’s death, Iris spends the first few weeks in almost total silence–the only person she will speak to is Ivy. Iris feels her life is over and she doesn’t know what to do. Ivy promises her twin that she can share her life now. After all, they’re sisters. Twins.
It’s a promise that Iris takes seriously. And before long, Ivy’s friends, her life at school, and her boyfriend, Tyler, fall under Iris’s spell. Slowly, Ivy realizes she’s being pushed out of her own life. But she’s just being paranoid, right? And Mom’s accident was . . . just an accident. Right? It’s not like she–or Dad–or Tyler–are in any danger. . . .


I was sent this book by the publisher and it was my first foray into Natasha Preston’s writing.

I really didn’t enjoy this book. I’ve given it a two star rating purely because I finished it and that was only because it wasn’t a difficult read and I wanted to know how it all finished (and how it could be finished). I personally didn’t think the ending was worth it, I didn’t feel it resolved anything (was that the point? – I genuinely don’t know).

It is a shame because I usually lap up the good twin/ bad twin trope but alas, this just didn’t work for me and I knew it from the first few chapters. The main character twin, Ivy (the one you are supposed to care about), is so self-centred and annoying, the narrative is from her point of view but she constantly jumps to weird accusations about her twin, Iris. Every chapter pretty much ends with her asking herself ‘why does my twin want my life?’ and half the time Iris hadn’t even done anything … the actions just didn’t match the accusation a lot of the time causing me to find the narrative disjointed and unenjoyable.

I think if the story had been a little more imaginative and unique I would have felt differently. I was really excited to read this one but unfortunately I just don’t think it worked!

Goodreads Rating: 2 / 5


30 something bookish crafter.

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