Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Twin's Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Lucy Sexton is stunned when a dishevelled woman appears at the door one day…a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Lucy's own beautiful mother. It turns out the two women are identical twins, separated at birth, and raised in dramatically different circumstances. Lucy's mother quickly resolves to give her less fortunate sister the kind of life she has never known. And the transformation in Aunt Helen is indeed remarkable. But when Helen begins to imitate her sister in every way, even Lucy isn't sure at times which twin is which. Can Helen really be trusted, or does her sweet face mask a chilling agenda?

It is unlike any book I have ever read. Its a Gothic mystery. Usually I am not a fan of Gothic stories but this one was an exception. The book is well written, with a fairly good plot which will keep you guessing until the end.
The story begins when Lucy opened the door to her aunt who looked so much like her mother that at first she didn't realise who the woman was. The two sisters are twins and clearly hadn't seen each other before. The story revolves around them. One has lived a life of luxury and the other has lived in poverty. But then her aunt arrives at their house and is readily accepted by them. The story intrigued me right from the beginning.
It has some twists and turns that make it interesting. It was worth a read. There is not much that can be said without giving spoilers, which I don't want to do because the book's beauty is in suspense. All I can say is that if you liked historical books then you will definitely like this one. as long as you don't have anything against Gothic novels.