After their parents divorced, 10-year-old twins Ivy and Iris were split up--Ivy lived with Dad, Iris with Mom. Now, after a tragic accident takes their mom's life, the twins are reunited and Iris moves in with Ivy and their dad. Devastated over Mom's death, Iris spends the first few weeks in almost total silence--the only person she will speak to is Ivy. Iris feels her life is over and she doesn't know what to do. Emmy promises her twin that she can share her life now. After all, they're sisters. Twins. It's a promise that Iris takes seriously. And before long, Ivy's friends, her life at school, and her boyfriend, Tyler, fall under Iris's spell. Slowly, Ivy realizes she's being pushed out of her own life. But she's just being paranoid, right? And Mom's accident was . . . just an accident. Right? It's not like she--or Dad--or Tyler--are in any danger. . . .
What worked: Wowza, wow. Think Lifetime movie only with a more sinister undercurrent. I couldn't stop reading as I wanted to see what exactly Iris might be hiding. There's tons of psychological terror throughout this story.
Ivy is one of those overachievers and deals with anxiety. So when Iris starts acting one way in front of her and a different way with those around her, that anxiety is cracked up big time.
Slowly Iris plants herself in Ivy's life and not in a good way. It's not too obvious, but there are subtle hints throughout.
One thing that did bother me was how fast people were to believe Iris over Ivy. That includes their father. Iris is very manipulative and hides behind a friendly, concerned face. But I couldn't help but wonder why it was easy for everyone to get behind Iris. But other that that? This story is very compelling. I just couldn't put it down.
The ending has a mega sucker punch. I totally didn't see it coming.
Nail-biting thriller that will have readers second guessing themselves what's going on and ends with a chilling conclusion.