- Written by: S.K. Tremayne
- Published by: Grand Central Publishing, May 19, 2015
- Length: 306 pages
- Source: Publisher via Net Galley for consideration of a review
Summary: One of Sarah’s daughters died. But can she be sure which one?
A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcroft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.
But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity–that she, in fact, is Lydia–their world comes crashing down once again.
As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, they are forced to confront what really happened on that fateful day.
My Thoughts: I am the mother of twins, and I know personally that twins have a special connection. Twin speak or a language understood only to the twins is typical. The premise of this book begins with the death of one of the twins, and unspeakable tragedy to the family.
In what is an attempt to start over, Angus and Sarah move their family from England to this tiny island in Scotland, an island barely reachable by boat in the winter and only by foot on the moors during low tide. The lighthouse keeper’s house is barely habitable, but it belonged to Angus’ grandmother and he spent many summers visiting. Moving there solves some of their financial problems as they own it. The setting of this book is a character as much as the people. The details paint a dark and ominous picture; the weather is cold and wet, the house is torn apart, overrun with vermin and mold, the waters to be crosses are not calm and inviting.
Add to the setting and the tragedy the surviving twin Kirstie begins saying she is Lydia, and that she also keeps seeing her sister. Kirstie is unable to acclimate to her new school and make any friends. Her behavior has her mother completely distraught and her father is already drinking with all the increased stress in his life.
There is an edge of pure fear and creepiness in this book. I’d been warned by others who read it, and I did enjoy that factor. This is a book to read with the lights on, or in the daylight. I enjoyed this one, but I’d say it’s best borrowed from the library. This is the first book I’ve read by the author S.K. Tremayne, a pseudonym for Tom Knox.