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Satisfying Characters and Locations That Come Alive

 

 

If you enjoy books that keep you guessing right up to an ending you never saw coming, this will be right up your alley. Twenty-five-year-old Seraphine has always felt that she didn’t belong in her family. She doesn’t resemble her twin brother or her older brother. When she finds a family photo of the day she and her twin were born, their mother is holding only one baby. And shortly after that photo was taken, their mother committed suicide. Seraphine’s father has died, and her wealthy, strong-willed grandmother refuses to talk about the day Seraphine’s mother fell to her death. The one person who may have answers is her older brother’s former au pair, Laura. But when Seraphine sets out to find her, everything becomes even darker and more complicated. The tale unravels in chapters alternately voiced by Seraphine and Laura, with Seraphine documenting the present, and Laura revealing the past. The characters and the location, a seaside mansion on the English coast, come alive. Although a couple of coincidences felt too convenient, the overall resolution was complex and unforeseeable, making for a satisfying ending.


~Rosemary Fifield, TopShelf Reviews