As denoted from the blurb above this is not a happy book. It tackles a difficult variety of subjects, religious fanaticism, deformity, how we as a society treat those that are different, abuse, and how neighbors are willing to look the other way.HephzibahYou've no idea what it's like having a freak for a sister.RebeccaBorn first, prettier, Hephzi's always been the more popular one.The FatherWhen he was busy with his bottle we were usually safe. Usually.The MotherHer specialist subject was misery and lessons of painful silence...
Hephzibah and Rebecca are twins. One beautiful, one disfigured. Trapped with their loveless parents, they dream of a normal life. But when one twin tragically dies, the other must find a way to escape. Because if she doesn't, she'll end up like her sister.
As the twins told their story, I found my eyes pricking with tears often as they laid out the horrors of their lives. It was not just the things that were done to them that upset me, it was the constant fear they lived in, that they could see no way out, that no one had ever helped them or ever would because their father was beyond reproach. I wanted so badly for someone to see what was going on, to suspect, to understand but it didn't come until it was almost too late.
That said, the book does have some what of a happy ending. Not a HEA for those are for fairy stories and there was nothing like that bout this gritty, dark tale. The ending however leaves you with hope for the remaining sister and that feels like enough.
I give it