Review: The Mirror Sisters by V.C. Andrews

The Mirror Sisters by V.C. Andrews
Series: The Mirror Sisters (# 1)
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 384
Source: Book provided by publisher for review

 

 

Alike in every single way…. with one dark exception.

As identical twins, their mother insists that everything about them be identical: their clothes, their toys, their friends . . . the number of letters in their names, Haylee Blossom Fitzgerald and Kaylee Blossom Fitzgerald. If one gets a hug, the other must too. If one gets punished, the other must be too.

Homeschooled at an early age, when the girls attend a real high school they find little ways to highlight the differences between them. But when Haylee runs headfirst into the dating scene, both sisters are thrust into a world their mother never prepared them for—causing one twin to pursue the ultimate independence. The one difference between the two girls may spell the difference between life… and a fate worse than death.

 

Review:  Imagine a life as an identical twin where everything is shared. From clothes to parental affection, everything is always equal. What happens when the image you see across from you no longer wants to be the same?

V.C. Andrews is well known for penning twisted family thrillers with plenty of unexpected events. She’s the type of author whose stories are timeless in that readers of all ages can get caught up in the darkness. We all know that there are bad people in this world, but is it a matter of nature vs. nurture? Sometimes evil can hide behind a beautiful innocent face.

With The Mirror Sisters, the author introduces the first story in a trilogy featuring identical twins, Haylee and Kaylee. Since I read the series out of sequence, I already had a sneak peek at future events. However, the first installment provided a very important foundation for the back story. More importantly, the author gave clues about why Haylee had such a yearning to break away from her twin. Of special interest are the secondary characters including the twin’s parents and the role they play in creating the stifling atmosphere of sameness.

My experience with this author spans more than three decades. This new series contains all of the same ingredients I’ve come to expect from her writing. The characters are realistic, set against a believable backdrop that is rich with details about their inner battles of good vs. evil. It’s the type of story that tends to stick with you, long after the last page is read.

 

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