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Book Review: Women’s Fiction

Posted on May 13, 2017 |

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand


Women’s Fiction > General Fiction

Identical twin sisters Tabitha and Harper and Tabitha’s sixteen-year-old daughter are the primary story tellers of this novel. None of them are particularly likeable at the beginning. Tabitha is upright and not good at expressing her feelings; Harper is laid back but doesn’t have a real career and is having an affair with a married man; and Ainsley is a spoiled brat. The changes in their circumstances transform all of them over the course of the book—for the better.


Tabitha and Harper haven’t really spoken for fourteen years, since they were twenty-five when tragedy struck. Even before that, the twins, who had once been inseparable, started growing apart when their parents divorced and Harper moved to Martha’s Vineyard with her father and Tabitha went with her mother to Nantucket. They were seventeen-years-old when their parents divorced, so that can’t account for why Tabitha and Harper are so different. Had they been thirteen or younger, I would understand why Tabitha is so concerned with appearances—their mother is a fashion designer with a boutique selling expensive outfits to the wealthy. Their father, however, lets his home fall into disrepair and, like her father, Harper just throws clothes on without concern for what she looks like as long as she’s comfortable. With her string of waitressing and delivery jobs, she doesn’t need to look stylish.


When their father dies (at the beginning of the book), the sisters are forced to talk, especially when new events call for them to essentially switch places. I liked reading about the characters’ transformations.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.


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