Book Review: The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand

The Identicals by Elin Hilderbrand 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. A touching depiction of all the pleasures and annoyances of the sibling relationship, Elin Hilderbrand’s next New York Times bestseller, THE IDENTICALS proves once and for all that just because twins look exactly the same doesn’t mean they’re anything alike.


This was chosen as the first book club book of the year for one of the book clubs that I’m in. While it sounded somewhat interesting I was somewhat hesitant about it. Growing up I never really liked what would be classified as ‘chick lit’ and this is certainly it. I was therefore surprised by how much I liked it. Was it a great book? No but it wasn’t written to be one.

Hilderbrand, takes us into the lives of the twin sisters, both living their own lives separately from each other until events force them back together. Tabitha has lead a life of high expectations as dictated by their mother while Harper was living a life where she could do what she wanted to – plagued by a run of bad decisions – with their father Billy.

Despite being twins, the two of them are both completely different characters but as the book progresses you see the similarities as well. What drove the two sisters a part? Hilderbrand does a great job at drawing it in and while I figured out some of the aspects of that final mystery, it wasn’t something I fully figured out until the big reveal at the end of the novel. Not to say it was a <i>good</i> reason, in fact it was a fairly stupid one but emotions and grief do strange things to people.

Plagued with drama from the fall out of their relationship and being forced back together after so many years as well as Ainsley, Tabitha’s sixteen year old daughter, its a rough few weeks for the sisters. It took the drama to the extreme at times but it is to be expected given the type of novel that it is.

Overall, it was an interesting book that I enjoyed more than I expected. It’s light and easy to read and if you are after something like that I do recommend it. Just don’t expect a great work of literary fiction.



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