Wow! This book was a stunner. A very subtle book, that draws you in with its simplicity but it’s so so clever. Your sympathies are torn, most of the characters are rather unpleasant but the writing is so compelling, you read on despite your feelings …
The basic premise of the book is that the twins swap places – and personalities – one day to tease their mother and others. They’ve done it on several occasions – but this time it’s different as Ellie (formerly the quiet one) refuses to switch back.
Slowly we see Helen begin to unravel… and the plot thickens. A dark, compelling tale which is well-written and unsettling at the same time.
I kept getting upset/annoyed with each of the twins and their mother as the story unfolds.
I’ve always been intrigued by twins – I wanted one as a child 😀 – and have great difficulty telling some twins apart, so this book really worked for me.
Highly recommended – a must read – one for the best sellers lists in 2016.
MetLineReader Rating 5 ***** (Metropolitan!)
About this book
Helen and Ellie are identical twins – like two peas in a pod, everyone says.
The girls know this isn’t true, though: Helen is the leader and Ellie the follower.
Until they decide to swap places: just for fun, and just for one day.
But Ellie refuses to swap back…
And so begins a nightmare from which Helen cannot wake up. Her toys, her clothes, her friends, her glowing record at school, the favour of her mother and the future she had dreamed of are all gone to a sister who blossoms in the approval that used to belong to Helen. And as the years pass, she loses not only her memory of that day but also herself – until eventually only ‘Smudge’ is left.
Twenty-five years later, Smudge receives a call from out of the blue. It threatens to pull her back into her sister’s dangerous orbit, but if this is her only chance to face the past, how can she resist?
Beside Myself is a compulsive and darkly brilliant psychological thriller about family and identity – what makes us who we are and how very fragile it can be.
I received a free advance copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. I loved it!