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3.8 out of 5 stars 208 customer reviews

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  • Audio Download
  • 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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By ACB(swansea) TOP 100 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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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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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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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.
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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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Overall a good book but I found it took quite some time to really follw the story as it went back and forth from one sister to the other, past and present, but there was no clarity as to when this was happening, so you read a paragraph or sentence at one point, and then suddenly you are in the past with no warning. I got used to it and accepted the fact I may need to re-read some parts to keep track.
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
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Isolte (was never sure how to pronounce it) and Viola are twins with a hippy mother and free lifestyle. They move to the forest in Suffolk after their mother leaves a commune in Wales. They meet and befriend another set of twins John and Michael who are rough boys used to violence at the hands of their father. The boys are almost feral and the forest is their playground. The foursome spend hours in the forest free and with little boundaries or restrictions. The book is made up of flashbacks and you learn the mother is an alcoholic who struggles with life. The girls eventually leave the forest to reside with their aunt following a tragedy. In the present Isolte has a successful career in fashion and boyfriend Ben but Viola has an eating disorder and is ill in hospital for much of the story. It is unclear what happened to John and Michael after the girls left the forest following a tragedy until Isolte takes a trip back to Suffolk trying to lay some ghosts to rest.
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.
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