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The Twins

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  1,886 Ratings  ·  290 Reviews
They were inseparable until an innocent mistake tore them apart.
Growing up, Viola and Issy clung to each other in the wake of their mother's eccentricity, as she dragged them from a commune to a tiny Welsh village. They thought the three of them would be together forever.
But an innocent mistake one summer set them on drastically different paths. Now in their twenties, Issy
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Published August 27th 2013 by Redhook (first published January 1st 2013)
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Miranda Lynn
Unfortunately, I finally had to give up on this book after drudging my way through 40% of it. So please keep in mind that this review is only for the parts of the book that I was able to finish.

I really did want to like this had an intriguing premise, based on the powerful connection between two twin girls. The idea of identical twins has always interested me, and I normally like books that are classified as "drama," so I thought that, for sure, this one was going to be a winner. But i
Jul 05, 2013 Juliet rated it really liked it
I read The Twins on a flight between Sydney and Perth, and the book allowed the hours to pass almost unnoticed. Two threads are interwoven in this tale of Isolte and Viola, twin sisters who were inseparable as children but who have grown to live very different lives. Isolte has a successful career working for a fashion magazine; Viola has struggled for years with an eating disorder.

The novel combines the story of the twins as adults with the story of their highly unusual childhood, and a particu
Lolly K Dandeneau
Jul 02, 2013 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it really liked it
Twins Isolte and Viola start their lives with a free spirited, damaged mother living off the earth in a somewhat hippy existence. While their home is dilapidated and their bellies are often empty the little girls are feral and happier than they become later in life. After a tragic accident steals them of their bohemian mother they are forced to move in with their aunt leaving behind their new best friends, two twin boys who have become everything to Viola. A mistake the children made together ha ...more
I received an ARC from GoodReads in exchange for an honest review.

This book is difficult for me to review because it's so muddled, I don't know where to begin to describe the story or my opinion of it. The book was described as involving a set of twins who were inseparable until an innocent mistake tore them apart. I witnessed an incident quite similar to the "innocent mistake" these twins were part of when I was younger than they were in the story. Even at that young age, I knew what was happen
Sandra Stiles
Aug 24, 2013 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, adult, suspense
I know many people who hate reading books that are told in multiple points of view. I happen to love it. I feel like I get a more rounded picture in my head. This book is not only told in multiple points of view but also alternates between first and third person.

This is the story of two twins who lived with their mother who was a hippy. She had originally lived in a commune and then moved the kids into a cabin in the woods. She kind of let them do their own thing. They spent a lot of time in the
Burma Turner
Jul 02, 2013 Burma Turner rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway.
I absolutely loved this book. It is definitely one of the best books I have read in a long time. This is one of those books that you keep thinking about when you lay it down and after you are finished reading it. The story is wonderful, the characters are well developed, I think almost everyone would be able to relate to this book. The main part of the story takes place in 1972 when the twins, Isolte and Viola are almost thirteen. Events take p
Kitty (I solemnly swear that I am up to no good)

"We weren't always twins. We used to be just one person."

I absolutely loved 'The Twins'.
I read it on a long a train journey, and I think that is part of the reason loved it...because although it is a great story, it is quite confused. I would not want to put it down and pick it up again after a few days of memory loss...But this book did resonate with me; it also left me missing my sister more than ever :(

"I felt weightless, boneless, as if part of me had fallen away. And I knew then that I c
Dec 03, 2013 Kristin rated it liked it
I heard Sarginson on BBC Womans Hour (along with her twins) and was intrigued by the premise. I enjoyed the nuances between the girls throughout the years; anyone who knows twins will see echoes of behaviours in this book. That was done very well indeed. I also liked the present-day story of Isolte and Ben; their life in London and the juxtaposition with the Suffolk upbringing was predictable but done well.

Where this book falls short is the erratic use of flashbacks. Instead of being gently wove
Oct 31, 2013 Susan rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013books
They were inseparable until an innocent mistake tore them apart.
Growing up, Viola and Issy clung to each other in the wake of their mother's eccentricity, as she dragged them from a commune to a tiny Welsh village. They thought the three of them would be together forever.
But an innocent mistake one summer set them on drastically different paths. Now in their twenties, Issy is trying to hold together a life as a magazine art director, while Viola is slowly destroying herself, consumed with guilt
Sally Boocock
Dec 18, 2012 Sally Boocock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly amazing beautifully crafted and totally engrossing novel. One of the best I have read in a long time.having been brought up in Suffolk close to where this novel is based it brought back many happy memories of days spent on shingle beaches. The descriptions of places, objects and people are so real you can almost see,touch and smell them. It is also written in the era before technology took over our lives so the simplicity of the story is wonderful. I thoroughly recommend this book.
May 11, 2013 Lthelibrarylover rated it it was ok
This had the potential of a four star book, I expected it would be. I was very disappointed.

My main criticisms of the book are:

*Being to drawn out

*Not giving the reader enough clues about what the 'dreadful event' was throughout the book

*Changing time period and character perspective without enough information

All of these things would have been so easy to fix, and it would have made the book much more enjoyable to read. Instead I felt as frustrated as I read it... disappointing.
Sep 17, 2014 Malia rated it liked it

The premise of THE TWINS was relatively vague, and all the more intriguing for it. The story is set between 1972 and 1987, times in which there was no Facebook, Twitter, or even CCTV, which really manages to simplify matters a bit. Nowadays, certain parts of the story could easily be explained away or problems solved. It's interesting to think about how much these small things like Google and better security technology have changed things in the span of a relatively short time.
In any case, back
Tania Martins
Jun 25, 2014 Tania Martins rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Acabei de ler ontem e quase que o deixava a meio, não criei a menor empatia com as personagens Isolte uma bem sucedida (não achei assim nada do outro mundo, ok trabalha numa revista) e Viola (com distúrbios alimentares e não só) e acho que todo o drama inerente ao passado de ambas bem como o trauma que um determinado acontecimento tem nas duas ao longo do resto da vida completamente estranho, nem as personagens secundárias salvam o enredo, desde os amigos delas de infância, a Polly e a mãe delas ...more
Sallyann Van leeuwen
Nov 09, 2013 Sallyann Van leeuwen rated it really liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Isolte and Viola are identical twins, raised by a hippy mum in a cottage nestled in the forest. There they met another set of identical twins, roughouse Michael and John. Together, all four share their time in the forest and by the sea. Tragedy sends the girls to live with an aunt and lose contact with their childhood friends. Fast forward and Issy is in the fashion industry, whilst Viola struggles to make her way or find her place in the world.

I really enjoyed this book, although at times it w
Adele H
Jul 11, 2015 Adele H rated it it was amazing
Throughly enjoyed this story; Saskia's ability to intertwine the different time periods of the characters lives was brilliantly executed. I felt like I was standing on the outside watching the characters evolve. My only regret was that the ending was left open for our own interpretation, I wanted to be able to witness Viola & John's reunion after so many years.
Jun 19, 2016 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gostei muito da capa deste livro, achei-a muito bonita. Infelizmente a história não me cativou tanto como a capa. A história tinha potencial mas não gostei da forma como foi escrita. Tinha pouco suspense, pouca emoção e totalmente previsível, sendo o final nada surpreendente
Ingrid Fasquelle
Jumelles est le premier roman de Saskia Sarginson. Entre amour et suspense psychologique, ce roman puzzle oppressant et malsain navigue entre les souvenirs des jumelles adolescentes, dans les années 70, et leur vie d'adulte. Il évoque avec force le monde étrange et fascinant de l'enfance et explore avec sensibilité les différentes façons dont les êtres réagissent face au sentiment de culpabilité.

Isolte et Viola sont jumelles. Autrefois inséparables, elles sont aujourd'hui des adultes très différ
Josephine Burks
Sep 29, 2016 Josephine Burks rated it it was ok
It's best to read this book in one or two sittings as it is really confusing at times keeping up with the plot. The author is really good at describing places and emotions, but I just couldn't get into the story. The ending was very abrupt.
Elizabeth Moffat
Jan 28, 2014 Elizabeth Moffat rated it liked it
This fantastic debut novel was chosen as part of the Richard and Judy Autumn Reads for 2013, which is where it caught my eye. Although I follow the Richard and Judy book club choices somewhat religiously, I still think I would have picked this book up as it has such an interesting premise. Our main characters are twins, Isolte and Viola who have had an “interesting” childhood to say the least. Their mother was a bit of a free spirit, and lived with the children in a commune before uprooting them ...more
Julie Mestdagh
Aug 18, 2014 Julie Mestdagh rated it liked it
In her debut novel, Saskia Sarginsson tells the life story about two twin sisters, Viola and Issy. At age 30 something, one is a (succesfull?) fashion journalist, the other is hospitalized while suffering from anorexia. The lives of these two women, who shared their entire childhood, couldn’t have turned out more differently than they have, or could they? As the story develops, we find out more about what exactly happened when they were younger, how the absence of a father figure weighed on them ...more
Jul 27, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
Two identical twins, raised by a "hippy dippy" mother in England - what could possibly go wrong? Well, let me tell you! Back in those "hippy dippy" days, Viola and Isolte live in a commune in Wales and then in a relatively primitive hut in Sussex, are homeschooled for a while and then join the village kids in grammar school, and generally run wild. Food is scrounged from the forest and transportation is on foot or Mom's Vespa (with sidecar). They meet two identical twin boys, John and Michael, a ...more
Liz Barnsley
Sep 13, 2013 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing
Free spirited Rose brings up her identical twin girls Isolte and Viola in the countryside of Suffolk – Allowed to run wild, they have a quiet but wonderful life. Fast forward and Viola is struggling with an eating disorder, often hospitalised whilst Isolte has a seemingly good life working in the magazine industry. Just what is it that has set the Twins on two surely separate paths….

Oh what to say about this story…if I were to use one word “haunting” might perhaps be appropriate. Beautifully wri
Mar 15, 2014 Kamilla rated it really liked it
Reading this book has transpoted me back in time, back to my childhood. It reminded me of all the games, tricks, wild little things we did during the Summer holidays.
Isolte and Viola are twins growing up in Suffolk, where they are allowed to run free and wild. They even make friends with twin brothers Micheal and John and the four of them become unseparable, getting up to all sorts of mischief. What a fabulous childhood. Until one day something terrible happens. And this rips them all apart. Wh
Julie Barrett
The Twins by Saskia Sarginson
This book is about the bond between twins. In one neighborhood in the 1970's there is a family with two twin girls raised by their mother who becomes a drunk.
The girls go out into the forest and play in the fairy house with a set of twin boys from town. Later on as time goes by we find out somre details as to why one
of the girls is in the hospital and one of the boys is dead. I found this to be a dark book but really loved the detailed descriptions of the forest an
Julie Barrett
Aug 27, 2013 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
The Twins by Saskia Sarginson
This book is about the bond between twins. In one neighborhood in the 1970's there is a family with two twin girls raised by their mother who becomes a drunk.
The girls go out into the forest and play in the fairy house with a set of twin boys from town. Later on as time goes by we find out some details as to why one of the girls is in the hospital and one of the boys is dead. I found this to be a dark book but really loved the detailed descriptions of the forest and
Georgia Roder
Sep 26, 2014 Georgia Roder rated it it was ok
I gave up on this book less than halfway into it. It was boring and there was no plot or storyline. The timelines were confusing as nothing seemed to have any order to it, it was suddenly bouncing backwards and forwards from when the twins were young to two years later, to ten years later. I spent pages of this book confused and hated it.

The book is about identical twin girls and how their futures have split. How they have gone from being almost the same person to living in completely different
Tempo de Ler
Há pouca coisa a impedir As Gémeas de fazer parte do meu clube «1 estrela».

Não achei a história interessante e parte desta minha falta de interesse foi influenciada pela forma como a autora optou por a contar. A narrativa foi entregue às duas irmãs gémeas que partilham os seus diferentes pontos de vista tanto em relação ao presente como às recordações do passado, o que acaba por tornar a leitura confusa, lenta e, por vezes, entediante.

Não simpatizei com nenhuma das personagens, nem mesmo com V
Mar 19, 2015 Oberhuu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dieses Drama um zwei eineiige Zwillingsschwestern fand ich sehr packend und fesselnd. Schon allein der Schreibstil und die Aufteilung in die zwei verschiedenen Perspektiven, gepaart mit den Zeitsprüngen in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart. Irgendwie passt alles zusammen. Auch die Atmosphäre, die hier vermittelt wird. Ich bin kein Experte, doch mir erweckt sich der Eindruck, als ob die Autorin genau weiß, von was sie im Bezug auf Violas Krankheit schreibt. Nur ein kleines Manko habe ich anzumerken: Da ...more
Oct 22, 2013 Maitha_K_145506 rated it really liked it
The story got different aspects that the reader will learn about. The characters are viola and issy that were identical. There are also another twins John and micheal. In my opinion I think the story is a bit confusing but interesting when the author discribes the things in details that you can imagine. You learn about anorexia and different things that I didn't really know and I found them out while reading this book. I really enjoyed how the twins got a strong bond but somthing mysterious happ ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Sep 26, 2015 12:43PM  
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Saskia grew up in Suffolk and now lives in London. She is the mother of four children, including identical twin girls. She has a B.A hons in English Literature from Cambridge and an M.A in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway. She's worked as a Health & Beauty Editor,freelance journalist, ghost-writer and script reader. As well as writing and reading, she loves tango dancing and dog walking,
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