Book 3 in the Mirror Sisters trilogy
Published in 2017
3 out of 5 stars
In this finale of the darkly gothic Mirror Sisters trilogy, one twin fears her reunion with sister dearest—from the legendary New York Times bestselling author of Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina (now Lifetime movies). For fans of Ruth Ware (The Woman in Cabin 10) and Liane Moriarty (Big Little Lies).
They share an unbreakable bond…
An inescapable bond.
As identical twins, Haylee and Kaylee Fitzgerald have always done things in exactly the same way. Under their mother’s guidance their every outfit, every meal, and every thought was identical.
But now things are different.
With Kaylee back at home after her sister’s betrayal, her life has been turned inside out. Both her mother and Haylee are away and Kaylee’s alone and more lost than ever. Her father suggests going to a new school where she can have a fresh start, and where no one will know about her dark past. But if Kaylee knows her sister at all, she knows that her twin isn’t through with her yet.
Let’s talk about the plot:
Okay, so this book picks up soon after the events of book 2. Kaylee is in therapy and getting ready to attend a new school, and starting to realise she needs to separate herself from Haylee.
Except she can’t. Haylee is constantly ‘with’ her everywhere. In her thoughts, and her speaking. A reminder of what Kaylee was put through, and her demons from that experience constantly came back to hurt her. At her new school, she finds herself meeting some colourful characters, and all the while is trying to shake a feeling of uneasiness and wondering what truly will become of Haylee, the sister she adores (I feel bad using present tense seeing as to what happened, but alas).
Let’s talk about the writing:
Can I just say that I was ridiculously excited about this final instalment? Whilst book 1 had be so angry with rage, book 2 kind of lulled a bit, whereas book 3 had such an intense start I was nervous for what was to come. The writing itself initially was great! Fast paced, nail biting, you couldn’t guess what would happen next. But then, about a quarter of the way through, it took a lull and I felt like I was mostly reading filler chapters. I was hoping that Kaylee’s roommates would be darker, and that there would be many a twist, and then about 3/4 of the way through, once Haylee was mentioned again, things rapidly picked up, and I was hoping for an epic finale. Because in the past I have freaking loved VC Andrews’ books, book 1 was freaking brilliant, and I love the authors Dollangager book series. The Mirror Sisters was fast on the track to becoming my next favourite series from the author, now, I can’t say that’s the case. I honestly feel like where it was dull, repetitive and not as exciting, so much more could’ve been happening! And I’m annoyed because the writing in book 1, and even in some parts of book 2, was so emotional!! This definitely didn’t deliver in the end! I mean, why write Haylee the way she did?! And have her come in and make what was possibly the most stupid exit, like ever?
Let’s talk about the characters:
Let’s not talk about Haylee. I don’t like her. Never have. Who arranges their own freaking twin sister’s bloody abduction?
Kaylee is honestly the definition of a sweet summer flower. That’s the best term I could think of. I was admiring her at first, excited to see her start fresh, but then she just became too repetitive, I mean okay I get she was reluctant to open up to people but then to turn to drugs because of this?! No honey!
And why the bloody hell (excuse me) did she forgive Haylee for putting her through everything? I mean, girl! You were TORTURED! And okay sure she was scared of her at first, as you bloody (excuse me) would be, and good on you love, for standing your ground. And I admire your forgiveness; but, and I guess denial was a prominent feature here, but to think that Haylee wanted to be ‘The Mirror Sisters’ as they were originally meant that theoretically, it all would’ve been for nothing!
I thank you for reading. I think this’ll be the last VC Andrews book I read for a good while. *shakes head sadly*.