“I feel that I’ve been eliminated from her world and that makes me scared.”
This is a psychological game but just who are the players? Callie has always been in the shadow of her starlet sister Tilda’s brilliance and charm, but being the retreating type, she has accepted it as her fate. People have always been seduced by Tilda’s beauty, even Callie herself, feasting on pieces of her sister, wanting to consume her much in the same way the rest of the world does. That she does, but let’s not go into that here. It’d
Tilda has met a financier named Felix, and naturally together they are absolutely beautiful. But Callie sees cracks in the perfect relationship, as her sister begins to give up her acting jobs and retreat into herself Callie sees there are bruises on her body. Felix must be jealous of Tilda’s success! Trying to make sense of what is happening, finding ways to intervene Callie joins a website and support group, everything she reads seems spot on, all these things equate to abuse. If Felix isn’t an abusive man, why then is her sister changing before her eyes, reminding her of the time Tilda went over the edge over another guy? She must protect Tilda at all costs, she is vulnerable, has been wounded before, she must come to her rescue even if it means insinuating herself in their relationship, snooping through their perfect home. Felix’s OCD seems more than just that, Tilda is ripping at the seams and Callie refuses to watch the life fade from her sister’s eyes. What sort of happiness could Tilda feel being dominated by Felix, who is even taking over her home, no longer are her sister’s things scattered about. The home feels too sterile.
Tilda swears she doesn’t want nor need her sister’s help yet there is a push and pull, slips of confidences that assures Callie deep down Tilda is crying out for help. Though to the reader’s eyes, Tilda just wants Callie to stay out of her life and Callie seems crazy. Felix won’t win her over with his good looks and perfection! He may be able to seduce the world, but not her. The support group becomes too real when Callie meets with one of the members, when something horrific happens she decides, with another online friend that they will be victims no more. It’s time to concoct a plan, similar to a Hitchcock film.
Through the novel we’re on unsteady ground, is Callie just damaged, deranged, creating drama that isn’t there? Is she simply addicted to her twin? Tilda has a cruel edge too, playing with her sister’s fierce loyalty and love for her. Is Callie just the fledgling that fell from the nest and never quite took off? Tilda, the exasperated sister, feeling the dead weight of her twin that just can’t get herself together, who clings to her, hoping some of her beauty and success will rub off on her? Is Callie just an oddball with the bad luck of being twinned to someone she will forever pale in comparison too?
What a strange story. If only swallowing someone’s teeth and hair could turn you special too, but it can’t. This is a story of manipulation, who is the sociopath? Is this really a case of one sister letting her imagination run wild, because she has no life of her own? Will Callie even throw away her chance at love, to save her sister who may or may not be in danger? Will the story end with blood on her hands? Is Callie spiraling into madness or is the abuse real? This is a strange mix of unhealthy sisterly love, loneliness, stunted lives, and strange obsession. The twin sisters experience vastly different childhoods, it’s heartbreaking peering into the past and present through Callie. She has no shine of her own, and often is made to feel like a dead horse her sister Tilda is stuck dragging around. But is Tilda as flawless as she seems and just why does she have trouble with men?
The ending though, I just thought- really? That’s what happens? That is where we are left! But.. but… what? Curses! It’s a strange thriller, and I had to finish it. I could already see it as a film… I’m casting roles in my head. I have to mention the cover, because I love it, something about black and white always draws my eyes. I have to admit, Callie did things that made my skin crawl, I went from feeling really sorry for her to being appalled by her odd actions. Oh which twin to trust?
Publication Date: September 19, 2017