{The Twins: Saskia Sarginson}

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{The Twins: Saskia Sarginson}The Twins by Saskia Sarginson
Published by Redhook on July 30, 2013
Genres: Drama, Mental Illness, Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 377
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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1 Stars

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 over the events they unknowingly set into motion as children.

When it seems that Viola might never recover, Issy returns to the town they haven't seen in a decade, to face her own demons and see what answers, if any, she can find.

A deeply moving, gripping debut, this is a novel about the secrets we carry, and the bonds between twins.

{My Thoughts} – I have been struggling trying to read this book for the past week. I cannot make myself finish this book. This book is about two twin girls named Viola and Issy. It covers the basis of both their adult life at age twenty-four and their childhood years around age twelve. Their mother has a huge mental illness issue where she drinks a lot as a means of self medicating. Eventually she kills herself by getting drunk and drowning in the ocean. The twin girls then go to live with their aunt and that is when Violas illness comes to light. She shuts out everyone and everything and starves herself into almost nothing. Issy tries to keep everything together and go on about her life when her childhood had traumatized her as well.

This is the jist of the book from what I have read. I made it to about 30% and I honestly cannot force myself to read anymore. I understand the book is meant to be mostly flashbacks of both girls and about their modern day struggles within their lives. However, I just cannot gall into the pages and be lost like I am able to with most books. I have tried to force myself to read it which didn’t get me far. It is time I close the book.

This book covers some things that I don’t like to read in books as well. Near the beginning the girls had found a rabbit that was ill and ran into a set of twin boys. The boys later became close friends of the girls, however the rabbit the boys had brutally murdered. I couldn’t believe how graphic that had been within the words. I do not care for un-needed violence especially violence about animals.

Also there is the constant drinking going on through out the book with their mother and how lost she was and no one seemed to notice or care enough to get her help. Obviously since she had successfully killed herself. Then there is the fact that both girls didn’t get help with dealing with the loss of their mother, their friends etc when they went to live with their aunt. All this stuff was just pushing for a bad outcome. Anyways, I couldn’t bring myself to finish this book, my apologies to the author bu this book wasn’t the book for me. I had originally thought it was going to be more appealing then it had turned out to be, but that wasn’t the case. I do wish the author much success in the future.