By Sally Hepworth
4.5 / 5 stars
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I. Could. Not. Put. This. Down.
The narrative switches between the points of view of twins, Fern and Rose. Fern tells us about the present day, Rose recounts moments from their childhood in the form of a journal, ostensibly suggested by her therapist. And that journal provides some interesting context for what’s happening in the present. So while it seems, as far as mysteries / thrillers go, nothing is really happening in the present, SOMETHING IS HAPPENING.
There is just an underlying sense of, something isn’t right throughout the story. I agree with other reviewers that if this is a genre you read frequently you’ll start to guess at some of what is to come. I pride myself on guessing what a twist will be before it happens (ask my husband how much he likes watching movies with me), but I just didn’t see this one coming.
This novel is a perfect example of how a writer can successfully use the “unreliable narrator” trope. In this case, the question you’re asking yourself the entire book is, who is unreliable?
So well done. Adding more Sally Hepworth to my “To Read” list immediately.
Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.