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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  4,983 ratings  ·  372 reviews
Ein flirrender Sommer an Englands Ostküste. Die Zwillingsschwestern Viola und Isolte sind durch duftende Kiefernwälder gestreift, haben auf nebelüberfluteten Lichtungen längst vergessene Sagengestalten beschworen und den scharfen, salzigen Wind des Meeres geatmet. Doch nun, fünfzehn Jahre später, scheinen die beiden nichts mehr gemein zu haben. Während Isolte sich mit verz ...more
Hardcover, 415 pages
Published July 14th 2014 by Script5 (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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Marie Carlino
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.
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
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
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
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book has transported 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. W
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 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 05, 2012 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.
Helen White
What is this book? Is it a thriller? Is it a mystery? It's got elements. It's also got reading group notes at the back which always makes me want to punch the book for having expectations.
Isolte and Viola are twins living with their mother in a self sufficient existence. Their lives weave and seperate as they grow up. The narrative flips between sisters and past and present.
I wasn't keen on this as I think it tried too hard - too hard to be quirky, too hard to reveal secrets that weren't that
Liz Barnsley
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was slowly but surely drawn into this novel about two sets of identical twins - one without a father and a wildchild alcoholic mother, the other with an abusive father - who bond together while left to their own devices in the backwaters of the Suffolk coast.

This is a dark, pull-no-punches story - some anxorexia parts are just short of harrowing - but overall it is uplifting. Intially the flashbacks and multiple povs were a little difficult to get to grips with, but soon got into my stride and
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sallyann Van leeuwen
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
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked reading The Twins by Saskia Sarginson.

Why did I want to read The Twins?

Apart from when I was pregnant I really wanted twin girls. I love read stories about twins.

One of the things that I liked about the story were the names of the twin girls Isolte and Viola.

A little about the story of The Twins.

The twins mother would not tell the twins who their father was.

All the twins know is that their mother met him at a festival in California. The twins do suspect that their father is a f
Adele H
Jun 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Getting to the half way point of this book was excruciatingly difficult. I was about to give up on it when it got a little more interesting. I plodded on hoping for a good ending but sadly it never came.

I wasn't keen on the way the story was told, how long it took to unfold and the endless discriptions of smells. Just boring.
Melanie O'Neill
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book with trepidation having read mixed reviews. I’ve read another book by this author and thoroughly enjoyed it so thought I’d ‘give it a go’. Very happy I did! I really loved the storyline and the pace of the book, couldn’t put it down and was a pleasure to read. The characters and settings were described really well and I loved it.

Saskia’s Sarginson’s debut novel, The Twins, is both a touching coming of age story as well as exploring the impact of childhood trauma and guilt through the eyes of identical twins and the special bond they share.

It is 1972 and identical twins Viola and Isolte move with their hippy mother Rose from a commune in Wales to a cabin in the woods in rural Suffolk. With Rose fancying an alternative lifestyle and encouraging her girls to be wild and untamed, the twins enjoy a lot of freedom, roaming
Beth (bibliobeth)
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
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julie Mestdagh
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
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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
For a novel with such an intriguing blurb, this was quite a chore to read. The prose was nice and the author clearly has talent but the story was all over the place. It danced around the past making the flashback style anecdotes rather dull and seemingly pointless, and even the present was fairly boring. It seemed to half-tell a handful of ideas instead of weaving together threads of one whole idea. I think Viola's eating disorder was grossly undeveloped, and Issy was a character I found difficu ...more
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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, ...more

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