Different Shades of a Feather (Broken Glass – A Book Review)

Broken Glass
Author: V.C. Andrews
Published: 2017

Broken Glass

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Sisters until the end…which may come sooner than they think.

Kaylee and Haylee Fitzgerald have been together since birth, never apart and never alone. They could nearly be one person with how closely their mother watches over them so that they are in sync in every way. They are, after all, two halves of her perfect daughter.

One night at the movies, Haylee confesses that she was supposed to meet somebody, but feeling suddenly ill she asks Kaylee to go meet up with him. When the movie ends and she still hasn’t returned, her mother and father are frantic. Haylee, however, is ecstatic. For the first time ever, she’s alone, and more importantly free…or is she?

Broken Glass

This book was different from the first one, The Mirror Sisters, in many ways. (You can read the review here) Broken Glass hit the ground running and I don’t just mean that it started right where The Mirror Sisters ended, which if you haven’t read it then I’m sorry for this spoiler: Kaylee was kidnapped at the very end of the book. The momentum was nonstop and bone-chilling. Not only that, but the POV of this book wasn’t restricted to just Kaylee as in the previous book. Both Kaylee and Haylee were featured in alternating chapters, giving me the inside tour of both of the twins’ minds.

Sitting in the front seat with both young women really gave an edge to the story for me. Haylee is at home with her father who is trying to keep everything together in the household while her mother is  going crazy because one daughter is missing, which means that both daughters are missing since she sincerely believes that whatever happens to one girl happens to both girls. Getting the inside scoop of what it’s really like inside of Haylee’s mind is even scarier than I thought. She’s manipulative and deceptive and I think a sociopath. There isn’t a single moment that she’s concerned for where her sister could be, if she’s alright, or if she’ll get her back. Meanwhile, Kaylee is stuck in a dark place with no apparent way out and her captor is obviously psychologically unstable. However, she begins to discover that everything she’s learned from Haylee could save her.

The desperation that the girls share is my favorite thing out of the entire book. The reason behind that is because it’s expressed differently from the two of them. Haylee’s desperation derives from striving to be her own person and be only child, though her twin is still everywhere and in everything around her. Kaylee’s was based on her sheer will to survive being kidnapped. She goes to extreme lengths she never imagined, some of which surprised me.

The book was still repetitive in places, but it was worth pushing through that. The story had me on edge, waiting to see what would happen next. The only time I was disappointed was at the very end. The story stretched out so nicely and then the ending was rushed too fast, like a rubber band being stretched out and then let go, snapping back at light speed. It made me disgruntled to say the least.

I will be posting the review for the third and final book of this trilogy soon.

Quotables:

“I prefer looking through windows rather than looking into mirrors. That way, I don’t have to see you, too.” (Haylee to Kaylee, p. 180)

“The truth was, in this world, we couldn’t exist without lies.” (Haylee, p. 209)

More to come soon…

-K.

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P.S. Song today? Love You Like A Love Song by Selena Gomez.

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