Rachel and Alice are an extremely rare kind of identical twins-so identical that even their aunt and uncle, whom they've lived with since their parents passed away, can't tell them apart. But the sisters are connected in a way that goes well beyond their surfaces: when one experiences pain, the other exhibits the exact same signs of distress. So when one twin mysteriously disappears, the other immediately knows something is wrong-especially when she starts experiencing serious physical traumas, despite the fact that nobody has touched her. As the search commences to find her sister, the twin left behind must rely on their intense bond to uncover the truth. But is there anyone around her she can trust, when everyone could be a suspect? And ultimately, can she even trust herself?
I've read so many glowing reviews about this book and I've always been fascinated with twin stories since I read Sweet Valley.
The idea is great, until it gets confusing to one point. I like both Alice and Rachel, and it's a bit jarring to have that sudden twist in the story, especially when the narration does not change. We are left to keep guessing, much as the main character is left to her own devices. It gets a little creepy afterwards, especially the dreams and images she gets, and the cover of both girls staring out gets me pretty freaked out.
The prose is simple but often too long and descriptive, I find myself wanting to skip the scenery and get right to the point. The plot is weaved nicely but not as taut as it could be. I love the flashbacks most but sometimes they're so long I get confused. The mystery is built from the very start but there's too much descriptions of the character's anxiety with not much happening that it takes the thrill away.
I love the surprising twist at the end, although I wish it could have a different ending.