Title: A Twist of Fate
Author: Joanna Rees
Synopsis from publisher:
One sister is determined to uncover her past, the other is desperate to bury it . . .
Romy and Thea, two beautiful baby girls, their future’s sealed with the flip of a coin.One will enter a life of privilege, surrounded by only the best money can buy. The other will fight for survival in an orphanage, against an evil regime who seek only to exploit her.
Throughout the years their paths will cross, neither knowing who the other one is, their lives overflowing with secrets, blackmail and murder.
From the snow covered forests of Eastern Europe to the glistening white beaches of the Caribbean. From the gutters of London’s Soho to the towering skyscrapers of New York, A twist of fate tore them apart, only their strength and determination can reunite them…
When I first saw the cover of this book, I was immediately attracted.
And, as the cover promised, I was left awe struck after reading A Twist of Fate!
I loved this story and especially the two main characters, Thea and Romy.
You knew that they would meet each other at one point, but everything turned out differently than I expected. They ‘meet’ sometimes, but they don’t ‘see’ each other, which I really liked. This seems quite difficult to reach as a writer, so well done, Joanna Rees!
The author writes alternately from two points of view, Thea’s and Romy’s, which increases the tension during the story a lot.
The story starts in 1971 and takes you on a journey through the girls’ lives, up till 2011. Every new chapter, the time has moved on a few years and there is a quick description of what has happened after the cliff-hanger in the previous chapter. At first, I didn’t like this, but now I realise that this is what authors do to create tension and expectations among their readers.
The only weakness in this book was its credibility. Because of the entangled relationships and the complicated storyline, I didn’t always believe that certain things could happen, i.e. this books was very melodramatic. But, of course, that is typically bookish: an amazing story, of which you’re not sure it will ever happen!
This is one of the best books that I have read so far during 2012 and I hope to read more by this author soon!
There is currently no Dutch translation of this book available.