Her Perfect Twin by Sarah Bonner

Sarah Bonner. Grand Central, $17.99 commercial paper (368p) ISBN 978-1-5387-1001-2

Leah and Megan, the identical twin sisters at the center of British author Bonner’s masterfully orchestrated debut, have been estranged for five years since Leah stole Megan’s idea for a book about their relationship, added some scandalous revelations that they allegedly agreed not to disclose and became a best-selling celebrity author in London. Management consultant Megan has eased her anger and resentment towards Leah, coming to terms with her relatively pedestrian life with her husband, Chris, in the country town of Guildford. Then Megan discovers a photo of a lingerie-clad Leah on Chris’ phone and proceeds to confront her. The ensuing argument turns deadly, but which twin survives? Thanks to the author’s ingeniously twisting plot – including inspired use of Britain’s Covid lockdown – and a trio of unreliable narrators (the twins plus a mystery man in the middle), readers won’t know the answer before the surprising and karmically satisfying final pages. Also credit Bonner with crafting more complex and generally compelling characters than most psychological thrillers powered by a similar plot. This author is one to watch. (seven.)

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