I should have known what to expect from this creepy, chilling novel centered on identical twins, Haylee Blossom Fitzgerald and Kaylee Blossom Fitzgerald. With a manic and controlling mother, the sisters received a truly identical upbringing, and were taught to view themselves as a single perfect being.
As children, their mother ensured that each twin received exactly the same treatment and experiences. If one twin received a new dress, the other must also have an exact duplicate. Likewise, if one child happened to cut her finger on a broken shard of glass, the other must be pricked in the exact same spot of the exact same finger. Differences in behavior and thought were frowned upon and punishable. Though centered on the relationship between the two girls, I enjoyed that this story also had a strong focus on all relationships within the Fitzgerald family. The obsessed mother. A troubled father. It was cool to see those unique family dynamics.
The story as a whole left me frustrated, and stayed with me long after reading. I applaud V.C. Andrews for composing a complexly disturbed narrative I simply couldn’t put down. Definitely not a feel good story in any respect, but well worth the read.