I have massively enjoyed Sally Hepworth’s books in the past and this one was my favorite by far. She did an amazing job with the individual mental illnesses and portrayed them flawlessly and without them being problematic. I loved how both of the twin sisters in the books were both suffering from different mental illnesses and how she went about both of them, you can tell she really did her research and took her time on them.
This story follows twin sisters Fern and Rose; Fern works in the local library and has a carefully constructed life, avoiding bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. When Rose finds out she can’t get pregnant, Fern knows this is something she can do for her sister give her a baby, she just needs to find a father first. Little do either sister know but Fern’s mission will dredge up dark secrets from their past that neither of them are prepared for.
The fact that the author wrote both mental illnesses so well while incorporating them into a thriller made this book even better. It wasn’t a typical gasping thriller with a ton of plot twists but it built up the story perfectly and made you care deeply about both of the characters before throwing in small plot twists here and there that concluded into a big plot twist at the end that I didn’t see coming.
Excellent writing, great character building, and great research on mental illnesses, I highly, highly recommend this book.
*Many thanks to St. Martins Press for the gifted copy for my honest review!*