We probably all have that one person that we see in our life – either directly or indirectly, in our close circles or not – that has “the perfect life”. Or, the “life we should have had”. For Iris, that perfect person who has it all is her sister. Her twin sister. Everything she could have / should have been, as she sees it.
There's little I can say about this book without getting into spoilers, which I'm determined not to do, so please pardon if this all sounds a little vague.
Summer and Iris are mirror twins, nearly exactly identical except they're mirrors of each other. The story is told from Iris's point of view. Their father is a self-made millionaire, but a twist in the will leaves the family fighting to get the inheritance.
On the surface, the book is a plain, good story. It picked me up from the very beginning, and hooked me in with believable characters that each have their quirks without being OTT and a plot that develops at a steady pace. However, once you've settled in for a nice cozy ride, things start changing… The plot, as they say, thickens.
The story is interesting as it's one of only a handful I've read where I've spent a lot of the time in the story changing and re-forming my opinions of the characters in the book. I instantly identified with Iris, and sided with her in seeing her sister as just a little too-perfect. There's something about that person that ‘has it all’ that it seems so easy to hate on them. However, the more I got to know Iris through her inner dialogue, the more I started to rethink my liking of her. However, this is part of the beauty of both the characterisation and the storytelling in my opinion… Usually with a character I'm not solidly on-side with I lose interest in the book. Yet in this case, I still wanted – needed – to see what happened.
For any more than that… You'll have to read it yourself to find out what I mean.