Monday, May 9, 2011
The Twin's Daughter by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Lucy has lived a life of privilege with her loving parents. Lucy and her parents suffer a huge surprise when her mother's long lost twin sister arrives at their door. Aunt Helen has lived a hard life having been sent to a workhouse as a baby and she has had none of the advantages that Lucy and her mother have had. Aunt Helen is taken into the home while her sister tries to make up for lost time by outfitting her in the finest clothes, giving Helen a first rate education, feeding her enough food for the first time in her life, and teaching her the manners of high society. After several months the twins look so identical, even sharing clothes on occasion, that Lucy sometimes can't tell them apart and wonders how it is that a daughter can't recognize her own mother. But Lucy's world is turned completely upside down when she comes home one day to find both sisters in a room with one of them dead. Is the living twin her mother or Aunt Helen? Although the living woman claims to be Lucy's mother, several things make Lucy unsure. This is a gripping story with many twists and an ending that turned out to be a huge surprise.