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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-10-12
- Reviewer: Staff
In British author Morgans intriguing first novel, identical twins Ellie and Helen Sallis decide to swap roles after their fathers death when theyre four. When outgoing Helen, the narrator, tries to end the game soon afterward, socially awkward Ellie continues to pretend to be Helen, denying that shes Ellie. Despite Helens fervent protests, the sisters self-absorbed and unsupportive mother believes the new Helen, concluding that Ellie is lying to be difficult. As a consequence of the switch, Helen (the real Ellie) becomes popular and a good student, while Ellie (the real Helen) fulfills the low expectations of her mother and friends by acting out. Over time, the game begins to spiral out of control. Helen becomes a famous talk show host with a husband and daughter, while Ellie is barely functional. The reader must piece together what, if anything, is true about Helens story as her familys secrets slowly surface. The arc of each girls life and the games tragic trajectory make for riveting and suspenseful reading. Agent: Caroline Hardman, Hardman & Swainson (U.K.). (Jan.)