The Identicals is one of the many books I’ve read this fall. Though it has been a while since I read it, I thought it would be a great book to review.

Here the Goodreads-summery:
Nantucket is only two and a half hours away from Martha’s Vineyard by ferry. But the two islands might as well be worlds apart for a set of identical twin sisters who have been at odds for years. When a family crisis forces them to band together — or at least appear to — the twins slowly come to realize that the special bond that they share is more important than the sibling rivalry that’s driven them apart for the better part of their lives. 

The story

Some books are meant to be read in Summer on the beach. I’ve read that most of Elin Hilderbrand’s books are like that. Though I didn’t read the Identicals on the beach, I did get a lot of Summer vibes. It probably has something to do with it being set on an island (two actually).

The Identicals is a great story about two sisters, twins. They grew apart when their parents split up and each parent took a sister. I mean, if that doesn’t scream ‘that’s so wrong’ I don’t know what is.

Of course this leads to resentment and a lot of distance. When the family crisis as mentioned above happens and they are forced to meet and somehow work together on something, it brings up a lot of the past. But there is also a lot happening in the present. There is no doubt that the story line is everything but boring.

Also read: Book review of The Happiness Project

The characters

The narrator switches almost each chapter. This makes it easy to understand each character and their wants and needs. I really liked the twins, even if they were different like night and day at the beginning. Each parent took a twin when they split up, and you really see how their upbringing differs and makes them different people.

The twins were the main characters of course, but I think there is a lot and enough variety in other characters too.

The writing

This was the first book I read by Elin Hilderbrand and I’ve already added some more. The style is very easy to read. And it’s true what they say, she writes perfect beach reads that are not too cliché and sappy (at least this one wasn’t).

The only thing that was kind of a negative point for me is that the narrator switched almost every chapter. It would’ve been fine if it was just between the two sisters – and most of the time it was – but sometimes the narrator would be one of the minor characters and that was unnecessary.

All in all, I would totally recommend this book. If you like family stories, island life and drama, this is the book for you!

Have you read a book by Elin Hilderbrand? Do you recommend it?