(from the book blurb):
One sister has everything. Her twin hates her for it.
Would life be better without Ali? Probably. At least then people might think about Morgan. Ali’s always gotten everything ― she doesn’t even realize how much Morgan resents her.
Ali also doesn’t realize that when she shuts Morgan out entirely, she will unleash a chain of events that show just how dangerous the underside of love really is. As their lives spin toward something neither one of them can control, a terrifying crime reveals how those who know us best can destroy us…or save us.
The Other Sister brought up so many thoughts on siblings and twins, especially right before the holidays.
It seems like, whenever I get together with my brother, we fall back into who we were growing up. Maybe because we don’t see each other all that often, so that is the pattern that we know and we haven’t had much of a chance to change it as adults. It’s not a bad dynamic, and it works, so it’s okay.
But if you’ve grown up doing the same things over and over, one as the strong one, the leader; and one as the needy one, that one that gets shielded and taken care of? It would be harder to break those patterns and to be given a chance to be on your own — to fail or to fly.
The dynamic would be even more firm and harder to break with twins.
Also, fraternal twins? They seem to fall somewhere in-between. Same womb, same birthday, sharing everything since birth, but not identical. A stronger bond than siblings, but not as strong as identical twins.
It’s all crazy.
But any way, back to The Other Sister. Morgan and Ali are fraternal twins, so they have that bond (which is why I just went on that ramble).
Ali is the leader. She’s pretty, vivacious, likable, friendly, brave. Morgan is more of an introvert, always letting Ali take the lead and pull her along. She hates her for stealing her light, and then hates her for leaving her alone. It’s an unhealthy dynamic for both of them, but one neither seems able to break.
But then Ali gets married and moves across the country. Morgan finds someone to listen to her deepest and darkest thoughts. When Ali’s world starts to fall apart, Morgan must decide if she wants to help her fall or to step up and help. To keep being resentful, or to find her own life.
There’s a lot going on in the book, and a few too many windy roads that aren’t necessary, but it’s a fun read. There’s a lot of real ambiguity in the characters — and by that I mean the characters aren’t necessarily all good or all bad (well, except the really bad guy). They’re mostly shades or grey, doing some not-great things, but also having redeemable qualities that make them real.
I wish the extraneous characters and storylines were stripped away, because I wanted more of the Ali/Morgan dynamic–especially Morgan. She was very interesting, and I feel like we only skimmed the surface of her psyche.
But this book moved quickly, pulling me in from the first pages. thriller with heart–delving into relationship while trying to unravel the ins and outs of the characters, all while giving readers a mystery to solve.
I liked this book. A perfect read for the upcoming snowy weekends! I give it 4 stars!!!
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