This book was unbelievably gorgeous and incredibly horrifying. Such a haunting and creepy story. I randomly picked this up in a London airport out of desperation for something to read (because of some awful jet-lag I was awake all weekend and read through all the books I brought with me, in only two nights! I seriously underestimated my vacation-reading intentions). There were a few books on a rack at the Heathrow airport drugstore & the cover on this book immediately grabbed me, leading me to want to know more about it. I like to read books I’ve never heard of before as well. Also it seemed to be a really popular book in the U.K. I am SO glad I binge read my books, and was “forced” to come across this one. It was honestly one of the Top 3 books I’ve read all YEAR.
This is a story about two identical young twins living in London. When one of the twins dies in a horrible accident, one remains alive, but which one is it? Such a simple, yet original never been-done-before type of story. Absolutely terrifying to imagine. The plot is just filled with insane twist, and the most eerie sense of oncoming dread. I found myself thinking “WHAT WILL THESE PEOPLE DO”, like 100 times over the night. I don’t want to say much more about the plot, for fear of spoilers. I will post the GoodReads plot synopsis below as well.
My favorite thing about this story was the setting. After the death of the one young twin, the family moves to the remote island of Skye in Scotland. The author describes it with such detail, that the dark, unforgiving, and ultimately beautiful island, really comes alive in your mind. The creepy setting really helps to add to the horrifying plot. All I could think about after finishing this story, was how badly I now want to travel/live in Scotland.
Please read this book, you won’t be sorry. I completely loved everything about it.
**GOODREADS PLOT SUMMARY**
“A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.
But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity—that she, in fact, is Lydia—their world comes crashing down once again.
As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past—what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died?”