Tilda and Callie are twins. But they are not much alike. Tilda is the beautiful, talented girl everybody loves. Callie is shy and likes to watch and observe her sister. She is a bit obsessed by her and wants to protect her.
As adults, Tilda is an actress and gained a bit of fame. Callie works part-time in a book shop. Tilda is still a very important person for Callie. Callie loves to spent time with her sister and hardly has a life of her own. Then Tilda falls in love with a man. Felix is good looking, successful and charming. Callie likes him at first and they include her in much of their activities. But as time goes by, Callie feels that Tilda is changing. She begins to find clues that Felix is harming Tilda. But Tilda is denying it. She is very determined that she loves Felix and is very happy. Callie finds a website for women who are suffering from an abusive relationship. She soon finds people to talk to and share her fears for her sister.
I have a bit of mixed feelings for this book. The story is not very new. I read a lot of stories about sister who have a toxic relationship. The writing style is good but I could not really connect to the story. What I did like was that is has a very weir character as a narrator. Callie is strange. She lives willingly in the shadow of her glamorous sister. She does not envy her, she just wants to be part of her life and be the number one person for her. She develops strange behaviors like f.e. she feels the urge to eat things which belonged to Tilda, like her hair or her baby teeth. It is really disturbing.
What I also liked was that feeling that something sinister is going on right from the beginning. The main characters are all not very likeable. They are all weird and have issues. But somehow I liked that. It made it hard to work out what was going on. I had an idea but I did not figure it out entirely.
The book has its flaws and the idea of the story is not new. It is full of clichés. Tilda is the extraordinary beauty who charms everyone and Tilda is the shy sibling who thinks she is ugly and fat but of course everybody else thinks she is lovely and pretty. But I enjoyed reading about those creepy people. The story is twisted and keeps you guessing. It was an easy read, nothing spectacular but a solid and entertaining read.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review