Monday, November 15, 2010

Review: The Twin's Daughter

The Twin's Daughter
Lauren Baratz-Logsted
2010; Bloomsbury; ISBN 978-1-599990-513-6 (hardcover)

Historical Period/Events: Victorian England

Summary:  The first of many strange days for Lucy occurs when she answers her front door and sees her mother's face on another woman.  While Lucy's mother Aliese lived in comfort and luxury, Lucy's aunt Helen lived in the workhouse, unknown to Aliese.  Brought into the household, Helen learns to adapt, becoming a lady like Aliese.  Lucy is happy to see her mother and her aunt reunited.  But when tragedy befalls these identical twin sisters, leaving one alive and the other dead, Lucy is left with a wealth of questions.  First and foremost is whether a child really knows her mother.

Like a Gothic twist on The Parent Trap, this mystery keeps the reader guessing.  The identity of the woman left behind seems obvious to both Lucy and the reader, but there is a stunning turn of events as the novel reaches its conclusion.  Lucy is a stubborn yet thoughtful young woman, lucky enough to have the support of her friend turned love interest, Kit.  Lauren Baratz-Logsted crafts a memorable mystery, giving a historical setting to a thriller.  The Twin's Daughter is likely to be enjoyed by those who liked the contemporary mystery Dead Girls Don't Write Letters.

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