I received this book from Hachette Publishing New Zealand,
in exchange for an honest review.
Tell a lie and the darkness will find you.
Quinn and Piper are twins, but they've never met. A tragic event brings them together, and draws them into a family curse that stretches across centuries. One twin can command the darkness; the other could hold the key to breaking the curse.
But when lies become truth and truth looks like lies, who can you believe?
When Piper's mother dies suddenly, a girl who looks just like her appears at the funeral. Separated at birth because of an ancient curse placed upon their family, Quinn grew up with her grandmother in a house in the middle of the moors, only seeing her mother occasionally. Her upbringing was harder than Piper's, who had everything - a nice family, friends, a good school - so when Quinn discovers that Piper exists, a secret she knew nothing about, she can't help but feel like she had the harder life, the worse deal.
When the two of them meet, they start figuring out all the secrets and lies that kept them apart for all their lives. I won't go into too much detail, for fear of spoiling it for you, but they were separated by their family because, through witchcraft, while one of them would be light, the other would be dark.
Think 'The Parent Trap' with curses and magic. Think 'that's your evil twin'.
I did like the idea of this book, and I have given it an overall 3 stars. But to be completely honest, I didn't really get into it as much as I was hoping. While the curse, the secrets and the potential darkness in one twin was subtly woven through the whole first half, I felt like the 2nd third dragged a bit. By the end I just wanted to know what was going on.
My favourite character was actually Zak, Piper's boyfriend, as the two girls didn't really grip me at all. Piper was a bit of a you-know-what at times, and Quinn just really got on my nerves, for reasons unbeknownst to me. Zak was the light-hearted best friend sort of character, with flaws and issues of his own, of course, but a much more enjoyable character, in my opinion, than the others.
Final verdict? An interesting twist on curses and magic, with a definite Parent Trap feel at the beginning, that was an easy, fast read, and one not to miss if you're a Teri Terry fan.
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