If I had to describe The Identicals, the newest release by the Queen of Summer Novels, Elin Hilderbrand, I would have to say drama.
Drama, drama, drama.
Estranged sisters, wild teenaged daughters, love affair, family betrayal, loss and good ol’ fashion gossip surrounds the core of this plot making it a delicious summer, beach read!
When Billy dies in Martha’s Vineyard, his daughter Harper is forced to call up Tabitha and Eleanor. Her identical twin sister and mother, whom she hasn’t spoken to in years. Making the trip from Nantucket, Tabitha arrives with her rebellious daughter, Ainsley in tow. A bit of mistaken identity and mishaps ensue as the girl’s struggle with old demons and to help tie up their father’s estate. A story of lost loves, once buried battles and the importance of family, Tabitha and Harper come to realize their bond is more important than the resentments that tore them apart.
This was just a fun read. Most of Hilderbrand’s novels are and I always like to indulge in one of her novels to start my summer. Commonly set in Nantucket, Hilderbrand switches it up in The Identicals by bringing us, not only to Nantucket but also to the neighbouring island, Martha’s Vineyard. Just as these vacation spots are rivals, so are the sisters at the core of this plot and I thought that was so clever! Hilderbrand uses the juxtaposition of the islands to mirror the sisters.
This one has a Trading Places meets The Parent Trap for adults types of vibe. The sisters, identical twins, are commonly mistaken for each other and they end up using that to their advantage.
I read this one in a single sitting; it had me sucked in for the entire afternoon! If you are a fan of Hilderbrand and are looking for your next summer beach read, this one is a no-brainer. I think it’s her best one yet!! It releases today!