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Six-year-old Helen and Ellie are identical twins, but Helen is smarter, more popular, and their mother's favorite. Ellie, on the other hand, requires special instruction at school, is friendless, and is punished at every turn. Until they decide to swap places - just for fun, and just for one day - and Ellie refuses to switch back. Everything of Helen's, from her toys to her friends to her identity, now belongs to her sister.
With those around her oblivious to her plight, the girl who used to be Helen loses her sense of self and withdraws into a spiral of behavioral problems, delinquency, and mental illness. In time, she's not even sure of her memory of the switch. Twenty-five years later, she receives a call that threatens to pull her back into her sister's dangerous orbit. Will she take this chance to face her past?
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By Deborah on 05-04-16
A brilliantly written but painful story.
This story is hard for me to rate. On the one hand, I LOVED the author's brilliant writing and psychological insight. On the other hand, it was a painful listen. For 12+ hours, I listened to the main character endure one psychological blow after another. I almost gave up on this one, because my empathy for the character made it a torturous listen! If I were rating the writing, I'd give it 5 stars for sure. In the end, I deducted one star because...frankly...I'm relieved to be finished with this one!
89 of 92 people found this review helpful
By 6catz on 04-01-16
Excellent and unusual story of twins
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This book takes an in-depth look at twins in an identity crisis. I've known identical twins who swapped places to take exams in high school because each was better at one subject or other, but never considered what would happen if one refused to switch back. This is quite a gripping story, and avoids the twin cliches present in other suspense stories I've read. A true psychological thriller, full of madness and sadness and love.
45 of 48 people found this review helpful
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By Kaggy on 12-08-17
I was absolutely bowled over by this book. Part psychological thriller and part exploration into mental illness, it is a compelling listen brought brilliantly to life by Lisa Coleman. The heroine 'Smudge' is a complex woman who at times can appear hard and unlikeable, but conversely there is nothing in her story that left me unmoved. The mystery of her identity swap was genuinely intriguing and the full extent of her background mystery is played out to the very end of the book. I was saddened, I was infuriated and I was rooting for her throughout and she is a character I will remember for a very long time. This comes with my strongest recommendation.
13 of 13 people found this review helpful
By jv on 11-19-16
A break from the norm
Gosh!!! I hadn't anticipated such a story. Harrowing at times, funny occasionally but mainly quite shocking. A couple of times it dragged but the rest was addictive. Very well narrated and this story will get under your skin. A gem of originality. A great insight into a different life.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful