Author: Kerry Anne King
Rating: 4/5 ⭐️
TW: Domestic Violence
Synopsis: Maisey has always fallen short of her own mother’s expectations—never married, a bit adrift, wasting her high IQ on dead-end jobs. The only thing Maisey’s sure she’s gotten right is her relationship with her twelve-year-old daughter, Elle…until a phone call blows apart the precarious balance of their lives. Maisey’s mother is in a coma, and her aging father faces charges of abuse and neglect.
Back at her childhood home, Maisey must make a life-or-death decision. Searching for answers, Maisey uncovers one unspeakable secret after another when she stumbles upon a shattering truth: a twin sister named Marley.
Review: I loved this book because it was pretty straight forward. As my grandparents get older, I play a lot of what if situations in my head and the beginning of this book is my worst nightmare when it comes to them. What I loved so much about this book is that it doesn’t try to be something it isn’t. The synopsis IS the story, there aren’t many twists and turns, and it doesn’t try to turn itself into a thriller. Instead, it feels like you know Maisey from high school or maybe you worked together and you’ve had the story explained to you in a sort of life update.
I really enjoyed hearing Maisey’s mother through the journal entries, but for Elle ended up being my favorite character. Much like Elle, I found myself taking care of the day to day duties in my house as an 11/12-year-old so her maturity resonates with me. The ending felt a bit unrealistic, BUT I think that’s entirely subjective and I think that’s the point. We see so little of Marley throughout the book as we’re trying to figure out what happened that we don’t really know her enough to know whether or not the ending was realistic for her character.
I highly recommend this book, it’s a rather quick read and an enjoyable story. Thanks, AmazonFirst Reads for the free copy of the book. I look forward to reading another Kerry Anne King novel.