WWW Wednesday 02/20/2019

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readingAs Long as We Both Shall Live
by JoAnn Chaney

“What happens when you’re really, truly done making your marriage work? You can’t be married to someone without sometimes wanting to bash them over the head…
As Long As We Both Shall Live is JoAnn Chaney’s wicked, masterful examination of a marriage gone very wrong, a marriage with lots of secrets…”

American War
by Omar El Akkad

This is the Girly Book Club selection for this month! It’s a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel that takes place in an America ravaged by climate change and a second civil war. I’m not far enough into it yet to have much of an opinion, but judging by reactions I’ve seen from others, almost no one seems to be lukewarm towards it. You’ll love it or hate it.

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The Night Tiger
by Yangsze Choo
This is a historical fiction novel imbued with Chinese culture and folklore, a dash of magical realism, and a mystery to top it all off. I really enjoyed this one. Full review here.

The Lost Girls of Paris
by Pam Jenoff
Another historical fiction novel, this one takes place during WWII and is inspired by true events. The Lost Girls of Paris tells the stories of British female spies sent to sabotage Nazi efforts in France. Full review to come. This is a good choice for fans of The Alice Network and Lilac Girls. 

Moloka’i
by Alan Brennert
I just finished Moloka’i this morning. It’s (yet another) historical fiction novel. Moloka’i tells the story of a young Hawaiian girl named Rachel who contracts leprosy in the 1890’s and is sent to live on a leper colony away from her family. The novel follows her throughout her entire life. I sometimes tend to dislike stories which attempt to encapsulate the entire life of the protagonist, because it’s very easy for them to drag, but I thought this was beautifully done. Full review to com.e

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Daughter of Moloka’i 
by Alan Brennert

The publisher was kind enough to send me a copy of this book which was just released this week, so it’s next up on my TBR! This is what prompted me to read Moloka’i as it’s technically a sequel, but I get the impression from the blurb that it may be able to be read on its own.

“DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA′I is the highly anticipated sequel to Alan Brennert’s acclaimed book club favorite, and national bestseller, MOLOKA′I. It’s a companion tale that tells the story of Ruth, the daughter that Rachel Kalama—quarantined for most of her life at the isolated leprosy settlement of Kalaupapa—was forced to give up at birth.

The book follows young Ruth from her arrival at the Kapi’olani Home for Girls in Honolulu, to her adoption by a Japanese couple who raise her on a farm in California, her marriage and unjust internment at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II—and then, after the war, to the life-altering day when she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth’s birth mother, Rachel.

DAUGHTER OF MOLOKA′I expands upon Ruth and Rachel’s 22-year relationship, only hinted at in MOLOKA′I. It’s a richly emotional tale of two women—different in some ways, similar in others—who never expected to meet, much less come to love, one another. And for Ruth it is a story of discovery, the unfolding of a past she knew nothing about. In prose that conjures up the beauty and history of both Hawaiian and Japanese cultures, it’s the powerful and poignant tale that readers of MOLOKA′I have been awaiting for fifteen years.”

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WWW Wednesday 02/13/2019

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readingAs Long as We Both Shall Live
by JoAnn Chaney
“What happens when you’re really, truly done making your marriage work? You can’t be married to someone without sometimes wanting to bash them over the head…
As Long As We Both Shall Live is JoAnn Chaney’s wicked, masterful examination of a marriage gone very wrong, a marriage with lots of secrets…”
I’ve only just started the audio book for this, so I have no thoughts so far, other than the fact that I think the narrator is a tad over the top.

The Night Tiger
by Yangsze Choo
I received a free copy of this as an official ambassador for the Booksparks winter reading challenge, and I’m absolutely loving it. Super magical and atmospheric.

Women Talking
by Miriam Toews
I’ve kind of stalled out on this one. This is a NetGalley ARC and it’s a novel based on a true story about a group of Mennonite women dealing with the aftermath of sexual violence in their community when they’ve been relatively isolated from the outside world and have limited means to leave. The premise really intrigued me and I feel like there’s an important story to be told, but the author’s stylistic choices just aren’t meshing well with my tastes. The narrator is a trusted male member of the community with limited writing skills, and the novel is told in the form of the minutes of a meeting between the women. The style is kind of killing it for me and I can’t get engaged.

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This Mortal Coil
by Emily Suvada
This is a YA science fiction novel that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a mysterious plague. I read this on the tail of Warcross and Wildcard, which I didn’t end up enjoying much, so maybe my perspective is skewed, but I thought this was a super fun and fast-paced read. I will be reading the sequel, This Cruel Design, soon.

The Promise
by Teresa Driscoll
I received a NetGalley ARC of this one. I requested it because I read one of Driscoll’s prior novels, I Am Watching You, with my book club last year, and I thought it was a pretty enjoyable read. This one was just okay for me. The central premise is about a group of women with a deep, dark secret going back to their boarding school days together. Their secret is in danger of being exposed because the boarding school is closing down and the land is scheduled for redevelopment. The story was interesting and had a fun, spooky vibe, but a bit too predictable.

The Outsider
by Stephen King
This book is kind of a wild ride in that it almost feels like two separate books. It all follows the same central story, but the first half reads like a murder mystery and the second half reads a bit like… well, It. Full review to come. I enjoyed it a lot, but I will say that you might not want to binge the audio book like I did, because there are a ton of characters to keep straight. My head was spinning a bit towards the end.

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The Lost Girls of Paris
by Pam Jenoff

From the author of the runaway bestseller The Orphan’s Talecomes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female spies during World War II.

1946, Manhattan

Grace Healey is rebuilding her life after losing her husband during the war. One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, she finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.

Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a ring of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.

Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war, and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances
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WWW Wednesday 02/06/2019

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This Mortal Coil
by Emily Suvada
This is a young adult, science fiction, dystopian novel that’s largely about DNA and “gene hacking.” It’s been on my radar for a little while, and I finally picked up a copy when the sequel was released late last year. I’m a little less than halfway finished right now and I feel… cautiously optimistic about this book. The last YA sci-fi series I read was Warcross and this definitely seems like it’ll be a set above that.

The Promise
by Teresa Driscoll
This is a thriller which comes out tomorrow and I’m scrambling to get it finished so I can have a review up on the release date. I read I Am Watching You from the same author last year with my book club, and I liked it but didn’t love it. So far this is looking like a three star rating, but I’m hoping the later part of the book bumps it up to a four for me. It reminds me a lot of The Lying Game, by Ruth Ware (a group adult women returning to the boarding school where they grew up that harbors a dark secret from their past in danger of being exposed) but it’s definitely its own story.

Women Talking
by Miriam Toews
This is another ARC (April 2, 2019 release date) and I honestly can’t seem to get into it as much as I’d like. The feminist themes had me super intrigued when I read the blurb (it’s based on a true story and it’s about a group of Mennonite women who have been sexually victimized by the men in their community as they try to decide how to respond: do nothing, fight, or flee) but the writing feels rather… drab, honestly. It’s intentionally unpolished, as the narrator is meant to be a male member of the Mennonite community who they have asked for help because he can write, and he’s not highly educated, but I do think it takes away from the story. I wonder if this may have benefited from a third person omniscient narrator.

I recently finished reading…

I didn’t do a WWW Wednesday post last week, so I’ve finished a lot of books since the last one, so I won’t be discussing each title here as I normally would. I will say The Silent Patient was phenomenal. Full reviews should be coming soon on most of these titles (if you’re curious about a particular title, though, please feel free to ask about it in the comments and I’ll let you know some of my thoughts before I write my full review)!

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This is the next book I’ll be reading as an official ambassador for the Booksparks Winter Reading Challenge! (By the way, the first two books were released yesterday: The Lost Man, by Jane Harper, and The Night Olivia Fell, by Christina McDonald. Both books are getting good reviews, but I highly recommend The Lost Man in particular!)

The Night Tiger
by Yangsze Choo

A sweeping historical novel about a dancehall girl and an orphan boy whose fates entangle over an old Chinese superstition about men who turn into tigers.

When 11-year-old Ren’s master dies, he makes one last request of his Chinese houseboy: that Ren find his severed finger, lost years ago in an accident, and reunite it with his body. Ren has 49 days, or else his master’s soul will roam the earth, unable to rest in peace.

Ji Lin always wanted to be a doctor, but as a girl in 1930s Malaysia, apprentice dressmaker is a more suitable occupation. Secretly, though, Ji Lin also moonlights as a dancehall girl to help pay off her beloved mother’s Mahjong debts. One night, Ji Lin’s dance partner leaves her with a gruesome souvenir: a severed finger. Convinced the finger is bad luck, Ji Lin enlists the help of her erstwhile stepbrother to return it to its rightful owner.

As the 49 days tick down, and a prowling tiger wreaks havoc on the town, Ji Lin and Ren’s lives intertwine in ways they could never have imagined. Propulsive and lushly written, The Night Tiger explores colonialism and independence, ancient superstition and modern ambition, sibling rivalry and first love. Braided through with Chinese folklore and a tantalizing mystery, this novel is a page-turner of the highest order.

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WWW Wednesday 01/23/2019

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The Silent Patient
by Alex Michaelides
This Thriller was my Book of the Month pick for January. There’s been so much buzz around this one, and I’m super intrigued so far!

Women Talking
by Miriam Toews
This is a NetGalley ARC (pub. date April 2, 2019) about a group of Mennonite women struggling to decide what to do in the aftermath of sexual violence in their community.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz
by Heather Morris

I’m definitely in the minority opinion on this book, but it’s really not working for me. The story itself is fine (although, being based on a true story, that really no credit to the author) but the writing style feels really mechanical and detached to me. Apparently the story was originally written as a screenplay, and I feel like knowing that has made some of my stylistic issues with it make more sense.

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Queenie, by Candice Carty-Williams
This was a NetGalley ARC (pub. date March 19, 2019) about a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman named (you guessed it) Queenie. Queenie is in the midst of a downward spiral for most of this novel, coping with a miscarriage and loss of a long term relationship through lots of casual sex with people who couldn’t care less about her emotional well-being or even her sexual pleasure. Needless to say, this isn’t an effective coping mechanism for her. Full review won’t be up until the publication date, but I rated this one four stars.

Severance, by Ling Ma
Severance is a post-apocalyptic novel about Candace Chen, a Millennial living in New York who immigrated to the US from China as a child. This book has a really interesting mix of things going on, from the science fiction aspects (a mysterious fungal infection which has rendered most of the population zombie-like) to the exploration of culture and the experience of immigrants. A full review will be up tomorrow!

Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver
I adore Barbara Kingsolver, and as much as I personally loved this novel, I do understand why it has very mixed reviews. This book is a mixture of contemporary and historical fiction, following the stories of two families living in the same place over a century apart. Kingsolver explores themes surrounding societal upheaval and family drama. At times, it can be a bit dialog-heavy and long-winded, and I think that was the bulk of the reason for some negative reviews. Personally, I was really invested in the characters, and these issues didn’t get to me. Full review here.

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Wildcard
by Marie Lu

I wasn’t super crazy about the first book of this series, but I was intrigued enough by the ending to want to continue. Both books have pretty solid averages on GoodReads, so I’m trying to be optimistic about starting this one.

Here’s the synopsis:

Emika Chen barely made it out of the Warcross Championships alive. Now that she knows the truth behind Hideo’s new NeuroLink algorithm, she can no longer trust the one person she’s always looked up to, who she once thought was on her side.

Determined to put a stop to Hideo’s grim plans, Emika and the Phoenix Riders band together, only to find a new threat lurking on the neon-lit streets of Tokyo. Someone’s put a bounty on Emika’s head, and her sole chance for survival lies with Zero and the Blackcoats, his ruthless crew. But Emika soon learns that Zero isn’t all that he seems–and his protection comes at a price.

Caught in a web of betrayal, with the future of free will at risk, just how far will Emika go to take down the man she loves?

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WWW Wednesday 01/16/2019

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by Ling Ma
“An offbeat office novel turns apocalyptic satire as a young woman transforms from orphan to worker bee to survivor.” I’m clearly a bit early into this book to have formed any opinion yet.

Queenie
by Candice Carty-Williams
This is a NetGalley ARC with a publication date of March 19th. Queenie follows the story of a young Jamaican British woman as her life goes into a downward spiral.

Unsheltered
by Barbara Kingsolver
This one has super mixed reviews, but I”m enjoying it so far, despite the somewhat slow pace. Unsheltered is half contemporary, half historical fiction and follows the stories of two families living in the same house over 100 years apart.

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An Anonymous Girl
by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
Review to come soon! I was hesitant to read this after The Wife Between Us fell really flat for me, but I’m glad I gave it a chance. It’s totally a Lifetime movie in the making and 100% ridiculous, but a super fun thriller. It was also kind of an interesting contrast to The Stranger Inside, which I also read recently. Part of the reason The Stranger Inside didn’t work for me was my intense dislike of the protagonist. The protagonist of An Anonymous Girl shares a lot of similarities with that character as far as what makes her a hot mess, but she was infinitely more likable. Hendricks and Pekkanen did a really excellent job of writing a flawed protagonist without making the readers hate her.

American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers
by Nancy Jo Sales
This was absolutely not for me. You can read my full review here, but basically, the whole book reads like a lot of hysterical hang-wringing over teenage sexuality while seeming completely divorced from the reality of the situation.

Antigone
by Sophocles
I won’t be reviewing this for a few reasons: I despise reviewing classics because it always feels a bit presumptuous, I find it unfair to rate a play based on reading it rather than viewing it as intended, and also because I mainly picked this up as a refresher while brainstorming my review of Home Firewhich I still need to write. Home Fire is a modern retelling of Antigone, which I hadn’t read since sophomore year of high school, so I thought I should delve into the inspiration of the novel again in order to better understand it. I will try to get my Home Fire review up as soon as possible!

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Women Talking
by Miriam Toews

(ARC provided by NetGalley; publication date 04/02/2019)

One evening, eight Mennonite women climb into a hay loft to conduct a secret meeting. For the past two years, each of these women, and more than a hundred other girls in their colony, has been repeatedly violated in the night by demons coming to punish them for their sins. Now that the women have learned they were in fact drugged and attacked by a group of men from their own community, they are determined to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm.

While the men of the colony are off in the city, attempting to raise enough money to bail out the rapists and bring them home, these women—all illiterate, without any knowledge of the world outside their community and unable even to speak the language of the country they live in—have very little time to make a choice: Should they stay in the only world they’ve ever known or should they dare to escape?

Based on real events and told through the “minutes” of the women’s all-female symposium, Toews’s masterful novel uses wry, politically engaged humor to relate this tale of women claiming their own power to decide.

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WWW Wednesday 01/09/2019

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by Nancy Jo Sales

I picked this one up because of the feminist themes, but I feel like I’m too young for this book. So much of it is telling me things I don’t need to be told. Thanks, Nancy Jo, but I already know what “on fleek” means. It also comes across as hyper-critical of the sex positive movement, and while I think there are very valid criticisms to make of it, I’m not sure that all of the ones in this book fall into that category. Maybe I’ll find something valuable as I get further into this, but thus far I’m not a fan.

Queenie
by Candice Carty-Williams

Obviously I’m not really far enough into this one to have formed an opinion yet, but the publisher describes it like this: “Bridget Jones’s Diary meets Americanah in this disarmingly honest, boldly political, and truly inclusive novel that will speak to anyone who has gone looking for love and found something very different in its place.”

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The Stranger Inside, by Laura Benedict
This was an ARC of a February 5th release. It’s a mystery/thriller novel in which a woman comes home from a trip to find that a stranger has moved into her house. Things get… even more ridiculous from there. I wasn’t a fan of this one. Full review to come.

Home Fire, by Kamila Shamsie
I had no idea when I started this that it was a modern retelling of Antigone. It has kind of mixed reviews, but I really liked it. The myth is retold with modern Muslim characters dealing with extremism and loss within their family. Full review to come.

The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin
In case you missed it, you can find my review here. This was a four star review for me, but the magical themes were much a bit more understated than I’d expected from the blurb.

The Au Pair, by Emma Rous
I had a weird experience with this one, because I feel like it did a lot of things that I tend to dislike in thrillers, mainly stretching the suspense of disbelief way too far and having a copious amount of affairs…. but I kind of liked it? It’s definitely a guilty pleasure kind of read, and it feels like it should be adapted into a Lifetime movie. Full review to come!

Elevation, by Stephen King
Garbage. Sorry, but Stephen King can do so much better than this. You can read my review here.

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Severance
by Ling Ma

An offbeat office novel turns apocalyptic satire as a young woman transforms from orphan to worker bee to survivor

Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. With the recent passing of her Chinese immigrant parents, she’s had her fill of uncertainty. She’s content just to carry on: She goes to work, troubleshoots the teen-targeted Gemstone Bible, watches movies in a Greenpoint basement with her boyfriend.

So Candace barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York. Then Shen Fever spreads. Families flee. Companies halt operations. The subways squeak to a halt. Her bosses enlist her as part of a dwindling skeleton crew with a big end-date payoff. Soon entirely alone, still unfevered, she photographs the eerie, abandoned city as the anonymous blogger NY Ghost.

Candace won’t be able to make it on her own forever, though. Enter a group of survivors, led by the power-hungry IT tech Bob. They’re traveling to a place called the Facility, where, Bob promises, they will have everything they need to start society anew. But Candace is carrying a secret she knows Bob will exploit. Should she escape from her rescuers?

A send-up and takedown of the rituals, routines, and missed opportunities of contemporary life, Ling Ma’s Severance is a moving family story, a quirky coming-of-adulthood tale, and a hilarious, deadpan satire. Most important, it’s a heartfelt tribute to the connections that drive us to do more than survive.Capture2.PNG

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WWW Wednesday 01/02/2019

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by Stephen King
This is Stephen King’s latest short story. I picked it up without knowing anything about the story, mainly because it’s been ages since I read any King. However, looking at the average rating on Goodreads (currently 3.76) I’m not sure how much I’m going to like it. It’s still early, and if it’s awful, at least it’s short. I should finish this one up very soon.

The Immortalists
by Chloe Benjamin
This story starts with a group of young siblings who visit a psychic rumored to be able to tell anyone their exact date of death. The information she provides to them inform their choices for the rest of their lives. I have a physical copy of this, but I was listening to the audio book and my loan ran out. Now I have to page through the book to figure out where I left off. Pray for me. Lol.

The Stranger Inside
by Laura Benedict
This is a NetGalley ARC and I’m honestly really not feeling it. I keep managing to find thrillers with super unlikable protagonists, and this is such a deal-breaker for me. All of the tension in a thriller should be (in my opinion) tied up in empathizing with the protagonist so that you actually care about what happens to them. Kimber is truly awful, selfish, and habitually dishonest. She makes a point of sleeping with married men because she’s a horrible, broken person, and their emotional distance feels “safer” to her. Then she befriends the wife of one of these married men that she’s slept with, because she thinks it will be fun to unnerve him with her proximity to his wife. Fast forward two years, and she’s become legitimately emotionally invested in this friendship. What could go wrong? None of this is even the main thrust of the novel, by the way, I just really needed to rant about it. I’m almost done with this book and I can’t wait for it to be over.

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The Haunting of Hill House
by Shirley Jackson
I’ve been dying to read this since the Netflix adaptation came out, and I finally had time for it, only to realize that the Netflix adaptation is… not really an adaptation? Like, at all. The stories bear very little similarity to one another besides the name of the house and the names of some of the characters. I may skip doing a full review of this one in favor of doing a comparison with the adaptation. I do think the book is worth reading, but it definitely feels dated. If you’re very partial to contemporary novels, this might not be a good fit for you, but I really enjoyed the subtle horror of it all. Bizarrely, it reminded me a bit of The Bell Jar, which probably sounds like a ridiculous comparison, but I felt like the protagonists were in a really similar place psychologically.

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger
by Rebecca Traister
I just finished this one today, but prior to getting to a full review, I want to say that I can’t recommend it strongly enough. I had previously read and reviewed Rage Becomes Her, by Soraya Chemaly. and I was a bit worried that the similarity in subject matter would make this one feel dull and repetitive. I actually found that the two books covered surprisingly little of the same ground despite centering on the same basic subject matter. Rage Becomes Her felt more psychological while Good and Mad veered more towards the political. Both books are important and well done, and both get loads of points for their attention to intersectionality.

Mirage
by Somaiya Daud
(Full review here.) This is a YA fantasy novel about a girl who is kidnapped by royalty to serve as a body double for the princess of the ruling class. Mirage plays with a lot of really interesting themes in regards to colonialism, culture, privilege, and power. All in all, I think I liked the idea of this novel more than the actual execution, but I’m still feeling really optimistic about the next book in the series.

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The Au Pair 
by Emma Rous

(This is a duplicate from last week’s post… and the week before, because I’ve been super lazy about reading during the holidays and have yet to start this.)

A grand estate, terrible secrets, and a young woman who bears witness to it all. If V. C. Andrews and Kate Morton had a literary love child, Emma Rous’ The Au Pair would be it.

Seraphine Mayes and her twin brother Danny were born in the middle of summer at their family’s estate on the Norfolk coast. Within hours of their birth, their mother threw herself from the cliffs, the au pair fled, and the village thrilled with whispers of dark cloaks, changelings, and the aloof couple who drew a young nanny into their inner circle.

Now an adult, Seraphine mourns the recent death of her father. While going through his belongings, she uncovers a family photograph that raises dangerous questions. It was taken on the day the twins were born, and in the photo, their mother, surrounded by her husband and her young son, is beautifully dressed, smiling serenely, and holding just one baby.

Who is the child and what really happened that day?

One person knows the truth, if only Seraphine can find her.

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