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The Twin's Daughter

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,798 Ratings  ·  353 Reviews
Lucy is stunned when her mother's identical twin sister shows up at the front door. Separated at birth, the twins have led dramatically different lives and Lucy's mother, Aliese, will do anything to make it up to Helen. But Lucy soon suspects that Helen enjoys being mistaken for her mother a bit too much. Then, on New Year's Day, Lucy finds her mother and aunt tied to chai ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published January 14th 2014 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published August 1st 2010)
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First thing I want to say, I think The Twin’s Daughter has an awesome cover. It shows two twins with a dagger between them? Only I didn’t notice the dagger at first. In fact, I was about halfway through when it popped up, and I thought it was so cool. The cover fits the book perfectly.

And the book is great! It’s sort of an old school, gothic mystery. Written in first person, the style reminded me of Victoria Holt, yet the pace was faster.

The story is told by Lucy who is an only child from a wea
The Twin's Daughter is marketed as a mystery, but the only real mystery is why it was published in the first place.

Things are slow to start as we are introduced to Lucy, her upper-class lifestyle, and her parents. All of this is rattled to the core when - SURPRISE - a long-lost aunt appears! And, she's Lucy's mother's twin! SHENANIGANS!!

Baratz-Logsted lumps on one Victorian shocker after another as Helen (the Long Lost Aunt Twin) learns how to talk, dress, walk, and act like a proper lady. It'
Jul 05, 2010 Jaclyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This doesn't come out for a couple months but oh, I'd better review it before I forget! The Twin's Daughter is pure gothic goodness. I kept turning the pages to see how all the mysteries would pan out, and was surprised a few times. Even if you're good at guessing mysteries (I'm not) I expect you will enjoy seeing it all unfold.

Befitting the Victorian setting, this book is written in a somewhat formal, mannered way which might turn off some people, but I felt it really worked for setting up the
May 06, 2012 pdbkwm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purdy-covers, twins
Back in August of last year (2010) when I heard about The Twin’s Daughter, I instantly loved the premise, the cover, and the promise of twists and turns. However, it wasn’t until 2011 when I had the chance to finally read this novel.

Let me just start by saying that this exceed my expectations. The book starts with Lucy, the narrator of this novel, opening the door and finding her mom’s twin sister on the doorstep, the sister she never knew her mom had. Aunt Helen is quickly accepted inside the f
Mar 03, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting and fun! Creepy, a mystery, betrayal, and romance. I suggest this book now!
Maia B.
May 04, 2011 Maia B. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Yuck. I don't think so...
This book has a good premise. It does. And the cover is really cool. But the book doesn't live up to the cover or the dust jacket blurb.

Basis: Spoiled and obnoxious Lucy lives in London. One day a woman turns up looking exactly like her mother - only it's her mother's twin. Problems ensue. The predictable ending is unsatisfactory and abrupt, and the main question of the second half of the book - is the woman left Lucy's mother or her aunt - is left unanswered.

I swapped this one through Bookswap.
Dec 26, 2013 Elle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, kindle, 2010
This story had EVERYTHING!! Mystery, murder, romance, Historical fiction, YA, and contemporary. This complicated plot with twists around every turn will have you on edge the entire time. The author Wows her readers with exceptional attention to detail. Her characters will make way into your heart only to be wrenched out then placed back again!! Recommend for 14+ years old for reading level and content (fighting). 4.5 stars. I read this book on kindle. NOT FREE.
Liza Verdon
Dec 28, 2010 Liza Verdon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I never finished this book. NEVER read it. It is not virtuous, lovely, of good report or praiseworthy.
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Nov 18, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Twin's Daughter was a great book, but it is also written in the perspective of a girl from the 1800's so the context is very different than that of a book now. I personally really like it though. There was so many different unexpected twists, predictable was the last word I would use to describe it. The book is about a young girl name Lucy who lives with her mother, Aliese and father, Fredrick when one day a poverty-stricken woman appears at the doorstep who happens to be her mother's long l ...more
Wendy Darling
3.5 stars Recommended, although with some strong reservations. The story gets pretty convoluted as it progresses, and the book would have been much stronger if many elements and just about all the characters were further developed. I'm also a bit turned off by the numerous occasions when a young teenager was witness to some pretty squicky adult situations, although they were admittedly non-graphic in nature.

An entertaining gothic tale in the tradition of Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt (for m
Feb 08, 2014 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who is the victim?

When her mother's identical twin shows up out of nowhere, Lucy Sexton's world is turned upside down. Her aunt takes the place of a sibling she never had as she begins to teach her the ins and outs of society. But just as life begins to feel normal again, tragedy strikes leaving Lucy feeling alone. But who is the victim?

The premise of Lauren Baratz-Logsted's The Twin's Daughter had me very intrigued from the first time I read about it. It's a story that you hear on the news: "Tw
Feb 20, 2014 wrecked_life rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is unlike any book I have ever read. Its a Gothic mystery. Usually I am not a fan of Gothic stories but this one was an exception. The book is well written, with a fairly good plot which will keep you guessing until the end.
The story begins when Lucy opened the door to her aunt who looked so much like her mother that at first she didn't realise who the woman was. The two sisters are twins and clearly hadn't seen each other before. The story revolves around them. One has lived a life of luxury
May 03, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pg-13, historical, ya
There was nothing about this book that I did not like. It was an amazingly fast and easy read with endearing characters and a writing style that sucks you in from the first chapter. This book is told from Lucy's point of view and when the novel begins, she is thirteen with no real cares in the world. Her life gets flipped upside down when there is a knock on the door and she opens it to discover her mother's twin sister standing on the threshold. Entering with her new found aunt are mystery and ...more
Oct 05, 2010 Lizzy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Twin's Daughter was a suspenseful read, with the perfect amount romance and history thrown in. When I first leanred about the book, I knew I would enjoy it. Who doesn't want to read about twin's separated at birth, especially when class, money, and murder are involved.

I loved reading the book from Lucy's perspective. She's young, privileged, and sheltered. So, it's fascinating to see what she picks up on, and what she overlooks because of her age. For example, she's unable to understand some
Penny Yoke
Oct 27, 2012 Penny Yoke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really full of drama, twists after twists, and I think it would have been perfect for a movie, but not so good as a novel. Due to the many twists, sometimes the readers just get so confused (like the main character Lucy, since the story is told from her point of view), and for me, I don't like getting confused. I like to think that I'm smart and I know what is going on in the story, but in this novel, I just can't figure out. This is partly because the whole story is told in Lucy's ...more
Nov 28, 2011 Mara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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I had to sleep on the decision of how to rate "The Twin's Daughter." I found the reading experience engaging enough to stick with it to the end, and the writing is mostly very smooth and lyrical with a convincing voice and tone for Lucy. The story's first-person heroine does a lot of growing up in the novel. At its start, Lucy is fourteen years old, by its end she is an adult and a newlywed. I liked that she sounded more like a teen when she was stil
Sep 10, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, i-own, read-in-2010
The description of this book is very true in that you will be guessing till the very end. When a stranger comes to the door, with a remarkable resemblance to her mother, Lucy is shocked. After her mother and father decide to take her in, a drastic transformation occurs and Aunt Helen begins to look more and more like Lucy's mother. Aunt Helen grew up under completely different circumstances without the money and social standing as Lucy's mother. From Lucy's point of view we get to know this char ...more
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The Twin's Daughter is that rare find in the Teen section these days: a Historical novel that is not paranormal. Some of my favorite Teen books are Historicals. So when I saw the Twin's Daughter, I prepared myself for a Bewitching Season-style fantasy. Don't get me wrong. I loved The Bewitching Season (not so much its sequel), but I was dead happy to finally come across a Teen novel that wasn't either a Fantasy or about a doomed character
Eva Leger
Aug 08, 2010 Eva Leger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-fiction
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Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I adore Lauren's talent for writing historical fictions, as she paints a vivid picture of the era and has this ability to make me feel like I'm apart it. Like The Education of Bet, The Twin's Daughter is a well written historical fiction/ victorian era book.

The Twin's Daughter has a cast of great characters, a fast paced plot full of twits and turns that left me quickly turn pages to figure out the "who done it", and a beautiful victorian era setting. The mystery unfolds within the very beginnin
Alright, now, I’ll start by saying that I totally admit that I was worried after I started this book. Because thus far I’ve liked all of this author’s work but with this book it took me a full two-weeks to get through the first 100ish pages. For a reader like me (slow, slow, slow) that’s bad news! If a book doesn’t grab me right off and keep me moving along pretty quickly it’s fair to say the probability of me liking it is pretty low. Thankfully, a trusted blogger friend reviewed the book that s ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Sharon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No Spoilers!!

The Twin's Daughter is a descent read for a Young Adult book. The plot is pretty good (long lost twin sister shows up one day, is taken in and nurtured, only to possibly be killed later on in the home where she sought comfort) and fairly entertaining. I would highly recommend to my teenage nieces and nephews, but not so much for those who routinely read adult language/situation style books.

A lot of the *twists* that occur in the book seem somewhat predictable if you read regularly a
Arthur Pengerbil
Reading Level: Grades 7+

When the doorbell rings one day at the Sexton household, thirteen year old Lucy answers it herself, grumbling that her household servants never do much around the house. Standing on the doorstep is her mother, dirty, disheveled, and looking wholly not herself. But the woman is not her mother.

It seems that Lucy’s mother has a twin sister who, after being separated from both her parents and her sibling at birth, was sent to an orphanage and then a workhouse. Her whole life,
3 1/2 stars. I was expecting this book to be much creepier. While I liked reading about the different events that took place as Lucy grew up, I felt like the story dragged and meandered too much before getting back to the mystery.

I think the main thing that bothers me about this book is that... (view spoiler)
Sep 22, 2010 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I've been a big fan of Lauren ever since I read her previous release, The Education of Bet. Her terrific writing and knack for developing a strong, likable main character returned in The Twin's Daughter and I can't wait to see what's next for her!

To begin with, the plot was fast paced and addicting. Each page was filled with a new plot twist and I never knew where things were going. At first, it was just an ordinary, albeit interesting, story of a young girl who discovers her mother had a twin s
Sep 23, 2012 Neha is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The Twin’s Daughter was written by Lauren Baratz. The book is a historical thriller. This novel starts off with how a young girl named Lucy is shocked when she sees a woman identical to her mother on her doorstep. The explanation was that she was her mother’s long lost twin. They were separated at birth. You can sense that the two twins have been raised extremely differently, because of their different dress sense and presence. Lucy's mother’s long lost twin, Helen, suddenly becomes part of the ...more
May 02, 2011 Alyssa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-rant
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1.5 stars.

Whoa, there was a lot of affairs and general weirdness going on this book. (view spoiler)
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Lauren grew up in Monroe, CT, where her father owned a drugstore at which her mother was the pharmacist. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where she majored in psychology. She also has what she calls her “half-Masters” in English from Western Connecticut State University (five courses down, another five to go…someday!).

Throughout college, she worked semester breaks as a
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