Book: The Twin’s Daughter
Author: Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Published: September 1, 2010 from Bloomsbury
My edition/number of pages: ARC/304
Age group: Young adult
Lucy Sexton is stunned when a disheveled 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?
The Twin’s Daughter was a fantastic historical suspense that I had the hardest time putting down. From the very beginning I knew that this was going to be a book that kept me guessing. This is my favorite Lauren Baratz-Logsted novel so far!
Lucy Sexton’s whole life changes the day she answers the door to find her mother’s long-lost twin standing on the other side. From that day forward Lucy’s family is different. Aunt Helen comes to stay with them and Lucy loves it, at first. As Lucy grows though so does Aunt Helen. Helen grows to be more like Lucy’s mother and she seems to enjoy it, maybe a little too much. When a murder is committed in Lucy’s home she begins to question everything, including who to really trust.
The Twin’s Daughter was full of twists that I did not expect at all. Helen and Aliese, Lucy’s mother, were the most confusing women. Helen seemed to want to be Aliese but I couldn’t understand Aliese. Helen had reason to be jealous but Aliese had everything. Lucy, on the other hand, lost so much. Throughout the book she lost a lot of people close to her but she was always strong enough to go on. I liked that about her. Kit was my favorite though. From the moment Lucy met him I could tell that he would be good for her. He also went through a lot but he didn’t let it change him. He was a great guy.
Overall, The Twin’s Daughter is a wonderful book full of mystery, romance, and lies. Fans of Lauren Baratz-Logsted will love this new one from her!
First line: I was thirteen the year everything changed with a single knock at the door.
Cover: 5=A++ (I love the hot pink!)