Lucy's mother's twin (who was separated at birth and grew up an orphan) knocks on their door one day. The family takes her in and teaches h3.5-4 stars
Lucy's mother's twin (who was separated at birth and grew up an orphan) knocks on their door one day. The family takes her in and teaches her proper etiquette, buys her new outfits, and hires her a tutor. Soon, Aunt Helen has the manner and grace of her mother. I did wonder if she had any cruel intentions, especially knowing that one twin gets murdered. When Lucy finds them one murdered and one alive, she cannot tell them apart, but is relieved when the one who's alive says she's her mother. Is it really the mother or did Aunt Helen take her place after learning how to be exactly like her?
From here on out, I was expecting a more sinister feel to the story. I was expecting to be creeped out and driven with confusion about which twin is which. But I didn't really get that. There were some tense moments that made me wonder, but I thought the book was more about daily life in Lucy's household that spans over a few years. The murder doesn't even take place until halfway through the book. Half the book was about acclimating Aunt Helen to their life, and the other half was a love story between Lucy and the boy next door, because it seemed like she was more concerned about her love life than solving the truth of the murder. But even though it wasn't quite what I was expecting, I still enjoyed it a lot nonetheless!...more
I knew this was a good book when my work efficiency started suffering because I was spending all my spare time reading, and even staying well past myI knew this was a good book when my work efficiency started suffering because I was spending all my spare time reading, and even staying well past my working hours because I couldn't put it down. It's been a while since a book has completely grabbed my attention like this.
Lillian has always grown up alone on a remote lighthouse island until her parents get relocated to Jasper Island. She comes into contact with other people for the first time in her life and grows close to the assistant keeper's family, especially their two sons. However happy days don't last forever as her mom slowly goes mad. She is left alone at the end to unravel the secret of her mom's insanity and the reason for her family's alienation. The tone is dark and foreboding throughout... you are just waiting for something bad to happen. I have to say that I predicted what the secrets are, but it didn't make the ending any less shocking. I look forward to reading the next books in the series....more
This was a good story exploring themes about family dynamics, adultery, memories, and race relations... but as a mystery novel, I didn't find it partiThis was a good story exploring themes about family dynamics, adultery, memories, and race relations... but as a mystery novel, I didn't find it particularly suspenseful. The main mystery is that of what happened to Callie's baby, whose body was never found. But there was no build up of suspense, and I didn't find the revelation to be satisfying either. This was my first Lippman novel and I have another one on my to-read shelf, and I hope that one will be better....more
I wasn't able to read this book in one go, which affects my rating. Everytime I picked it up to continue reading, I'd forget what had happened previouI wasn't able to read this book in one go, which affects my rating. Everytime I picked it up to continue reading, I'd forget what had happened previously. But I did find myself unable to put down the last 70 pages or so. However, the endimg wasn't very satisfying. I found some of the events to be incredibly unbelievable. The revelations of both the central mystery and the older mystery were revealed by confessions when Rhonda happens to stumble into the people (which isn't as satisfying as slowly uncovering truths). Everything was wrapped up pretty nicely as far as what happened to the girl goes, but I still ended up having unanswered questions.
The best part of the book is the flashbacks to the summer of 1993, where we get to see the group dynamic between Rhonda and her friends, and the slow breakdown of Lizzy....more
What a tangled web Jennifer McMahon weaved! Few books I read give me chills and make me crawl under the covers at night. I love reading her books at nWhat a tangled web Jennifer McMahon weaved! Few books I read give me chills and make me crawl under the covers at night. I love reading her books at night curled up in bed. But then the problem is that I'm too scared to turn off the lights! This is a terrifically creepy book about the dark secrets families keep (possibly forced by a supernatural being?). I love the uncertainity of everything: do the fairies really exist or are they simply the figment of a young girl's imagination? Is Teilo really a dark shadow man or a real human kidnapper? Just when you think everthing's been explained away and you're satisfied, the absolutely chilling conclusion leaves you questioning everything all over again....more
Wow... this was definitely not a light mystery/suspense read! For some reason, i expected the book to be a simple case of a boy searching for his vaniWow... this was definitely not a light mystery/suspense read! For some reason, i expected the book to be a simple case of a boy searching for his vanished twin sister. What I got instead was a very dark tale that also broached the subjects of abuse, pedophiles, serial murderers, and corruption. Multiple people die and mutiple murders are discovered through the course of the book. This book had twists and turns in practically every chapter, and I never saw it coming when the truth about Alyssa's disappearance was revealed. The conclusion was very satisfying. The overall reading experience was also very enjoyable as I found myself racing to finish and not wanting to put the book down!...more