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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749958693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749958695
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everybody has an opinion about twins and the bond between them. Well, this novel has two sets of twins and will make you curious to know more. The competition, the struggle for power but also the loyalty between them are extraordinary . . . This novel reads like a modern fairy tale, I loved it (Pages & Pages, Sydney)

Beautifully written with characters you'll learn to love (Dymocks Rouse Hill, Sydney)

Sarginson's debut is a timeless and riveting piece that echoes the mystique and beauty of the lush, English countryside . . . bewitching (RT Book Reviews)

The haunting tale is skilfully infused with trauma and tragedy - and sinister suspense. [A] stirring debut (Independant.ie)

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A deeply moving, gripping read, this is a novel about the secrets we all carry with us, and the bonds between twins that can never be broken. It is an astonishing debut.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a deceptively deep and dark novel that belies the apparent superficiality of the close identical twins, Viola and Isolte. Their mother, Rose, is still in the hippy era 60's, full of idealism and in denial of the twins' father's identity that rubs onto them. They embark on life's journey. Needless to say, their paths take different directions completely defying their childhood Suffolk upbringing.

Their encounters with friends, Michael and John, also twins, add to the murkiness of recollections of trouble-free days of the past as both girls develop personal problems.

Saskia Sarginson's narrative is captivating, holding the secrets and tragedies that are later revealed and are central to understanding the twins' destinies. An intense and intriguing novel. Thoroughly entertaining.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Richard Terry on 29 Nov. 2013
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I would have given it 5 stars as it was a very good story with a lot of different characters, one thing let it down, it is set around 3 different times in the girls lives but sometimes it switched times in the middle of a chapter and a few times in the middle of a paragraph !!!!Once you were aware it could happen you prepared for it. Over all a good book. Would have liked a few more chapters at the end to finish it off more.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Nov. 2013
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This book is set with flashbacks to the 70's and 80's and in that regard was very interesting as this is a period I remember very well. The Great Storm being just one such incident.

But it was a book that I found very hard to get into. I got interested about half way through and even then it didn't fully grab me.

The writing style goes between bland and irritating. It tries to emulate Jodi Picoult style with the story being told from two perspectives and two time periods but the changes from one to the other are not clearly demarked and you can go from one period to the other from one paragraph to the next with no indication. So I was often half way through a paragraph and a bit confused until I realised the change of scene. Even a blank line spare between paragraphs would help.

But, unlike some other reviewers, I found the ending really good. It didn't leave me hanging as much as some - and I normally find that very irritating. Indeed, if it had not been for the ending I would probably have rated this book as a 1*

If you have bought this book already I would say persevere.

If you have not bought it yet then you may find others better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pauline Butcher Bird on 31 May 2014
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This is a good story. The plight of Issie and Viola, identical twins and their relationship with their dreamy, wayward mother as well as two rough boys, also identical twins, grew on me. I was irritated, in the beginning by the dreary side story of Issie's workplace in London and her present-day boyfriend - all irrelevant and could easily have been cut. Compare that with the wonderful descriptions of the children's wild life in the Suffolk countryside by the sea and the creeping disaster about to befall them all. The unusual ending was very satisfying.
(Freak Out! My Life with Frank Zappa)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Boxie on 16 July 2014
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Loved this. Beautifully written. The writing weaves through the years, told from each twin's perspective. Explores the relationship between the girls, and builds up a colourful and heartbreaking background. My only criticism is that the addition of a pause or break in the text layout would make it easier to follow as in the kindle format the writing flows from one time to another without so much as a paragraph break which was a little confusing at times. Despite this, it's an excellent read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By zaheera on 5 Aug. 2014
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It took me a few attempts to finish this book; mostly due to the fact that the first half of the book is really hard to get into. I feel it could have done with some serious editing; something deep, dark and dangerous happened when the twins were young and they've both used different coping mechanisms which has led them to where they are when the book starts.

The book doesn't really become interesting till about half way through; I feel this is where the writer could have explored the changes in the twins behaviour more. Nowhere do we see how people reacted to the twins in terms of what had happened and how people's reactions could have effected the twins.

The book ends well; with just enough information to know what happens with each of the characters but not so mush that you're spoon fed a fairy tail ending
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By ireadnovels on 8 May 2014
Format: Paperback
I really liked reading The Twins.

Why did I decide to read The Twins by Saskia Sarginson
Because when I was pregnant I wanted twins and I love reading stories about twins.

What I loved about the story of The Twins were the twins names Isolte and Viola.

The twins mother would not tell the twins who their father was. All the twins know is that their mother met him at a festival in California. The twins do suspect that their father is a famous singer Jim Morrison as the picture on their mother album cover is signed by him and she is always playing Jim's album.

Isolte one of the twins has to visit her twin sister Viola in hospital as she has anorexia. For Viola, this is her third time that she has been admitted to hospital. As isolte visits her twin she can see that a yellow tube threading from Viola's right nosrril across her cheek and behind her ear. The tube is stuck down with tape . Liquid calories are sent creeping through the tube straight into Viola's stomach.

This story brought back memories for me.

When I was very young I used to see the singer Lena Zavaroni a lot back stage. We became good friends writing to each other. Fans from Lena Zavaroni's fan club who I hang out with were amazed at how well Lena and I knew each other and chatted for so long. I was deeply upset when Lena Zavaroni died. I watched Lena Zavaroni get thinner and thinner, but at that such young age all those years ago I knew nothing of the word anorexia like we all know it so well today.

Lots happen in The Twins that I will spoil for readers.
All readers that read The Twins I hope you all enjoy it as much as I have.
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