The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Summary of The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted:

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? Filled with shocking twists and turns, The Twin’s Daughter is an engrossing gothic novel of betrayal, jealousy, and treacherous secrets that will keep you guessing to the very end. (via Goodreads)

My Review of The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted:

You guys, when the summary says that The Twin’s Daughter will keep you guessing to the very end – it ain’t kidding. This plot will have you so twisted up into knots that you will be devouring it to get to the end. It is really rare to find a mystery where you aren’t mostly certain what the outcome will be, and The Twin’s Daughter is the answer to that problem.

When I was a kid, I read Victoria Holt novels obsessively. I loved them. They are gothic mystery/romance novels written back in the 1950s-60s. As I got into high school, they stopped feeding my gothic addiction. The fact that they have little to no character substance or development became a glaring problem that I couldn’t ignore. This book reminds me of those books, because it is exactly what I wish a Victoria Holt novel could be.

Basically, I have nothing negative to say about the story. As I’ve already said, the plot is brilliant and one of the best written mysteries I’ve ever read. The fact that it is a stand-alone is another huge plus. It seems like everything is a series lately. And the characters? Yeah. They’re amazing too. Lucy Sexton is the perfect heroine. She gets caught up in the mystery between her mother and newly discovered aunt – and we have to try puzzling things together along with her. All the things she considers and discovers are completely believable and perfect to fit the story.

Suspense, mystery, love, family dynamics and a rather large creep factor all come together in a perfect balance to make one fantastic story. I highly recommend picking up The Twin’s Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted.

{ 4 comments… add one }
  • Chrisbookarama October 5, 2010, 10:37 pm

    I loved Victoria Holt when I was younger too until I realized it was the same plot in different settings. This sounds like the kind of book for me!

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  • Sustenance Scout October 5, 2010, 11:32 pm

    Just love this cover!

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  • Andrea October 6, 2010, 2:54 pm

    I've been on the fence about reading it, but I might have to give it a try.

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  • Melissa (My World...in words and pages) October 7, 2010, 3:38 pm

    The sounds of it caught my attention, but I love that cover too! The way the pink between the women is made to look like a dagger. I love it! Glad you enjoyed it so. Thank you!

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