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- Listening Length: 11 hours and 20 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 29 Aug. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00EJ70QQ8
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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.
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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I wanted a bit more from the ending, I feel like there is more that could have been told, but after some thought, maybe it is best to leave it where is was as we may not want to know what happened next, especially if it didn't go the way they wanted it to, but then again if it did, it would have felt like a convienient tidy up to a loose end and ruined the point of the book.
I feel like the twins had lost before they realyl began with their ... interesting mother and her choice of living style. It was nice to see them have some friends, as odd as they did seem, but their relationship is what made them who they were. There was tragedy after tragedy and no normal person could have come out of it unscathed, even though Isolte appears to have it together, deep down you can see she has her own sufferings.
If you are reading this book/plan to, be patient with how it is written, it makes sense as you keep going, there is a story and you should understand it
I have seen other reviewers say they disliked the animal death in the book and thought it unnecessary. I must admit I didn't really like it but understood the reason behind it. In one scene the boys kill a rabbit but it was not reckless violence. The rabbit was ill and suffering. The boys killed it to put it out of its misery. To me this demonstrated although the boys were rough and prone to violence they had compassion. It also showed their proximity to nature and the forest around them.
The reason I have given it 3 and not 4 is because it changes from 1980's and 1970's often and sometimes this happens during an actual chapter making it hard to know which period you are in. It became easier as the book progressed because you were expecting the changes but this seemed a little odd at times. I also found at times the writing a little too descriptive and waffley and the ending far to open. What happened to Isolte & Ben? Viola & John? Overall I liked the story and would read another by the author.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A sense of place permeates the novel from the beginning. Forest surrounds the twins’ garden, pressing in at the edges, creating a private world. Read morePublished 21 days ago by tracemyself
Intriguing tale of sisterly love and the relationships of twins I found parts of the book quite disturbing but I was not able to put it down until I found out what happened to the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by E. Armstrong
I was Sakia's infant school teacher and taught her to read and write. I am delighted to see she has become a writer. I enjoyed the book very much.Published 1 month ago by Jacqueline Paine
I loved this book! The twins were both great characters and you got a real sense of them both individually. I also loved that it was set in the past. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
This was an annoying book. I liked none of the characters [nor was there anyone to really dislike]. Too often it wasn't clear which twin was speaking and the leaps from the present... Read morePublished 9 months ago by SAE
A thoroughly engrossing book , a beautiully written story of relationships and how events in childhood can have such a huge effect on the rest of a persons life. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Beverly Robertson
I had heard great things about this book, quite a few of my friends had recommended it to me. I have no idea why it took me so long to get around to reading this as I absolutely... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lincs Reader
. If you're looking for a fast moving thriller, this book is not for you, but if you enjoy words, and beautiful evocative writing, you will love this story. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Catherine