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From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one and Fern is the quirky one. But the sisters are devoted to one another and Rose has always been Fern's protector from the time they were small.
Fern needed protecting because their mother was a true sociopath who hid her true nature from the world, and only Rose could see it. Fern always saw the good in everyone. Years ago, Fern did something very, very bad. And Rose has never told a soul. When Fern decides to help her sister achieve her heart's desire of having a baby, Rose realizes with growing horror that Fern might make choices that can only have a terrible outcome. What Rose doesn't realize is that Fern is growing more and more aware of the secrets Rose, herself, is keeping. And that their mother might have the last word after all.
Oh my god, I loved this book. I’ve got a whole video review for it if you want to check it out, but I’ll try to briefly jot down my thoughts here.
1. Fern was a wonderful main character and I loved the autism rep. In my opinion, it was done really well and very respectfully. I loved reading about an autistic character, and I loved Fern in general. She’s such a lovely person and I loved seeing her interact with her coworkers and friends. Oh and also, she’s a librarian who loves her job. A LIBRARIAN.
2. I loved the romantic relationship in this! I know that’s a bit of a weird thing to say about a thriller but it was absolutely lovely. Wally (not his real name) was super respectful and understanding, and also very on the ball about… things. I loved reading about him and Fern becoming closer.
3. The thriller/mystery plot was intense. I don’t want to talk about it too much because I might spoil something and I strongly believe you should go into this book knowing NOTHING. NOTHING AT ALL. The thriller elements were mind bending and super twisty, and I was questioning myself and my opinions for a lot of this book.
4. The relationship between Rose (Fern’s sister) and their mother was a tough one to read about. I had to kind of big myself up to read Rose’s diary entries because I knew they were going to be intense. Nevertheless, I’m glad I did persevere because it was pretty great.
5. I loved it, I want to read more by this author, and I think you should read it. Thanks.