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Mandi Kaye @ Never Too Fond of Books

Louisa May Alcott may as well have been writing about me when she wrote "She is too fond of books and it has turned her brain!" But I am a staunch believer that there is no such thing.

The Twins - Saskia Sarginson Reviewed at http://www.mandikayereads.com/the-twins-by-saskia-sarginson-review/ (8/19/13)I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting from this book, but I do know that what I got wasn't it.This is a book that must be read from start to finish to get the whole story. It's not told in a linear fashion, but in a series of flashbacks from the POV of both Viola and Isolte. It was jarring, at first, to experience the change in perspective. The book opens from Isolte's POV, told in 3rd person. It switches to Viola's, told in 1st person. And the switch in POV is the only distinguishing factor in who is talking. I had to reread a few passages the first time it happened!And though they are twins, Isolte doesn't know the whole story from when they were children. Most of that story - but not all - is told to us by Viola. And Isolte hides part of the unfolding story from Viola now that they are adults. It's understandable. Viola is sick and Isolte only wants to protect her. But it seems the only person who knows the whole story is the reader.What a heady place.The only problem (in the way that's not really a problem at all) is that it's told to us in bits and pieces and back and forth that it must be pieced together like a puzzle without a picture. Once the puzzle was solved, it became a beautiful story of loss, grief, and tragedy. A picture was painted that shared the consequences of tragedy and how lives that should be shared can diverge as a result.I found myself thinking of Audrey Niffenegger's Her Fearful Symmetry while reading it. It had the same kind of flow (not to mention similar setting - and the obvious twins).This is definitely not my normal fare - but I definitely enjoyed it.