Alike in every single way.... with one dark exception.
As identical twins, their mother insists that everything about them be identical: their clothes, their toys, their friends . . . the number of letters in their names, Haylee Blossom Fitzgerald and Kaylee Blossom Fitzgerald. If one gets a hug, the other must too. If one gets punished, the other must be too.
Homeschooled at an early age, when the girls attend a real high school they find little ways to highlight the differences between them. But when Haylee runs headfirst into the dating scene, both sisters are thrust into a world their mother never prepared them for—causing one twin to pursue the ultimate independence. The one difference between the two girls may spell the difference between life... and a fate worse than death.
Written with the taboo-breaking, gothic atmosphere that V.C. Andrews is loved for, The Mirror Sisters is the latest in her long line of spellbinding novels about mysterious families and tormented love.
In true V.C. Andrews style, Mirror Sisters is fantastically dark and a tad bit creepy. The writing is top notch and definitely draws you deep into this disturbing story. Haylee and Kaylee are identical twin sisters and although their mother loves them dearly she is obsessed with everything being entirely equal for them. If one does something wrong both girls get punished. She even believes that they must even think the same thoughts at the same times. She openly expresses thinking of them both as halves to the same person and together as her perfect daughter.... singular.
The girls learn pretty early on what their mother expects of them and try desperately to please her by always being the same and equal in all things. Even as it drives a wedge between their mother and father. The problem with this is that one of the girls has much darker thoughts and motives than the other. Most of the book is establishing the extremes of their home life and starts to have clues into the one sisters darker nature.
The story was a bit repetitive at times but I was too invested in the overall plot to worry about that. Although it is hinted that something goes terribly wrong I was still amazed at just how far things got at the end of the book. That cliff hanger is just too much! I absolutely have to read the next book to find out what is to come of this horrible situation.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. April K.