Book of the week

The Twins by Saskia Sarginson, published in paperback original by Piatkus. PA Photo/Piatkus.
The Twins by Saskia Sarginson, published in paperback original by Piatkus. PA Photo/Piatkus.

The Twins

by Saskia Sarginson

Twins Viola and Isolte had a seemingly idyllic childhood – albeit one blighted by the chaos that travels in the wake of their mother, who took them from a commune to a cottage in the Suffolk forests in the hopes of a more normal life.

We meet them in 1987, when Isolte is slaving away as a magazine journalist and is in a flourishing relationship, while Viola is wasting away, having been hospitalised for anorexia.

In a series of flashbacks, we slowly learn how their meeting of another set of twins, John and Michael, would come to trigger tragic events that haunt their adult lives.