Under their mother’s watchful eye, identical twins Haylee and Kaylee Fitzgerald have lived their entire lives in sync. Never alone, never apart, everything about them must be exactly the same: clothes, friends, punishments.
One night, in the darkness of a movie theater, Haylee reveals that she’s leaving to meet up with someone she knows from online. But suddenly feeling ill, and not wanting to disappoint this older man, she convinces Kaylee to go in her stead. He’ll never know, and this way he won’t think she stood him up.
Kaylee reluctantly agrees to go, but when the credits roll and she’s nowhere to be found, Haylee confesses everything to her mom. With the manhunt on, Haylee knows everything must be done to find her sister. Still, for the first time in her life, she’s free from her twin, which, really, isn’t so bad…is it?
Review: Although it has been more than two decades since I first picked up a story by V.C. Andrews, the author still has the power to give me chills.
This story, Broken Glass, is the second in the Mirror Sister series, but I read it easily as a stand-alone book. It tells the story of twin girls, Kaylee and Haylee. As is typical with this author, the storyline is rich with foreshadowing. In a classic case of good twin/bad twin, a set of circumstances is put into play, leaving me with goosebumps. For two girls who were practically treated as one person by their mother, it was unsettling to see the lengths that Haylee goes to become her own person.
The storyline focusing on Anthony and Kaylee was horrifying in itself. The author did an exceptional job creating this horrific situation. Kaylee’s feelings of being trapped are well expressed and Anthony certainly does his part as the crazy kidnapper even though in his mind, Kaylee’s a willing partner. It was especially interesting to delve into Haylee’s world where she starts to adjust to life without her sister. Her relationships, especially with her parents, provide a window into her true feelings.
What would have been a perfect crime eventually crumbles, with plenty of unexpected twists and turns. From the well-developed characters to the perfectly choreographed scenes, this story once again took me to a place of darkness where V.C. Andrews reigns as one of the best authors. The next installment, which concludes the series, should be phenomenal.