“HER PERFECT TWIN. YOUR NEW OBSESSION.”
Set to be released on 20th January, Her Perfect Twin by Sarah Bonner follows identical twin sisters Megan and Leah, who haven’t spoken for nearly five years. So when Megan discovers photographs of her estranged identical twin sister on her husband’s phone, she wants answers. Leah already has everything Megan has ever wanted: fame, fortune, freedom to do what she wants. And when Megan confronts Leah, an argument turns to murder. The only way Megan can get away with killing her twin is to become her. But then lockdown hits. How can she continue living two lives? And what happens if someone else knows her secret too?
Thank you to NetGalley for a free digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Let me start off by saying that this was one of those books that I overhyped in my head after loving the premise so much, and I had such high expectations for it that I think I only have myself to blame for my disappointment in this book.
The story is told in three sections. While the first part sets up the brilliant concept, I found it quite slow and uneventful, and as though Megan did a really poor job pretending to be Leah Everything felt too easy for her, and the more difficult obstacles that I wanted to feel the intensity of were often rushed over.
The second part then went in a completely different direction to what I was expecting, so I struggled to engage with everything going on. But then the third part, I really enjoyed. Unfortunately, I just didn’t feel a connection to the characters at this point to take anything away from the more exciting finale, as it largely lacked the suspense that I was looking for.
I like how the situation of lockdown kept the story current and allowed for a few extra twists, but I do think the story could have worked without it (because I think we all try to avoid any mentions of Covid-19 where possible!).
As a debut, I think Bonner shows a lot of potential and I will definitely be reading more by her in the future. It is worth mentioning that I seem to be in the minority with my opinion for this one, though, so I’m sure this is going to be a standout thriller to look out for this year.
Her Perfect Twin by Sarah Bonner
Release Date: 20th January 2022
Print Length: 291 pages
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton