Haylee and Kaylee are identical twins and when they were born their mother insisted that each be treated the exact same throughout their lives. From everything from their clothes and toys to whether one gets a hug the other must get the same their mother would not let the two have any sort of identity of their own and the twins quickly learned as they got older that keeping their mother happy kept the peace in the family.
As Haylee and Kaylee got older it became clear to them that their mother expected perfection and would not tolerate any disobedience, if one twin was punished then the other was too. The girls were home schooled and even expected to perform and learn the same so if one fell behind the other would pretend to need help. This was their life until the twins were finally allowed to attend school were young Haylee began to test the waters and her independence much to the dismay of Kaylee.
The Mirror Sisters was probably one of the better V.C. Andrews books that I have read since Ms. Andrews passed away. I’ve not always been a fan of the books from after the ghostwriter had taken over but I continue to pick these up hoping for some of that earlier magic. With this book the psychological torment from the overbearing mother was most definitely there which made for an intriguing read. I was also impressed that for a change I didn’t feel that the book felt incredibly dated and seemed to be brought more into this century, there was even computers involved, color me shocked.
But the thing with this book that didn’t allow me to rate it extremely high was that it just took so long to get passed establishing the twins torment that the story borders on dragging along waiting for more to happen. Then when things really do take place towards the end of the story progressing past the world building the book comes to an end leaving the reader with a huge cliffhanger to carry over into the second book. I will definitely be interested in continuing the story but I was still a bit disappointed to not have more content in this one.
Overall, 3.5 stars. To me this one was one of the better reads from the ghostwriter era of the V.C. Andrews catalog really setting up what looks like it will be an intriguing psychological thriller series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.