Fern and Rose are twin sisters but as different as can be.
Rose has always been more of a mother to Fern than her own mother. Rose protects Fern and takes care of her, even as adults. Rose has protected a very dark secret about Fern for their entire lives.
Fern is becoming more independent and starts to think for herself, which is frustrating to Rose. After meeting a new friend named “Wally,” Fern begins to question some of Rose’s motives and decisions.
As the novel alternates between journal entries from the point of view of Fern to the point of view of Rose, the reader must determine who to believe.
I have loved all of Sally Hepworth’s books. She is a master at character development and the emotions that the women in her novels carry with them. I enjoyed the twists that occurred at the end of the novel.
I loved the details regarding the sensory issues that Fern had and how her friendship with Wally developed since he also was apparently on the autism spectrum as well. As a teacher, I have had many students with these behaviors and the details were explained so well.
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced reader’s copy of this book from Netgalley. This book will be released on April 21, 2021.