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Summary

'You be me, and I'll be you,' I whispered.

As children, Sam and Elli were two halves of a perfect whole: gorgeous identical twins whose parents sometimes couldn't even tell them apart. And once Hollywood discovered them, they became B-list child TV stars, often inhabiting the same role. 

But as adults, their lives have splintered. After leaving acting, Elli reinvented herself as the perfect homemaker: married to a real estate lawyer, living in a house just blocks from the beach. Meanwhile, Sam has never recovered from her failed Hollywood career, or from her addiction to the pills and booze that have propped her up for the last 15 years. 

Sam hasn't spoken to her sister since her destructive behaviour finally drove a wedge between them. So when her father calls out of the blue, Sam is shocked to learn that Elli's life has been in turmoil: her husband moved out, and Elli just adopted a two-year-old girl. Now she's stopped answering her phone and checked in to a mysterious spa in Ojai. Is her sister just decompressing, or is she in trouble? Could she have possibly joined a cult? As Sam works to connect the dots left by Elli's baffling disappearance, she realises that the bond between her and her sister is more complicated than she ever knew.

©2022 Janelle Brown (P)2022 Weidenfeld & Nicolson

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"Absolutely delicious...Janelle Brown is a surgeon of the complex relationships between women. I gobbled this up." (Emma Straub, New York Times best-selling author of All Adults Here

"You won't be able to put this novel down, and you won't want to." (Laura Dave, number one New York Times best-selling author of The Last Thing He Told Me)   

"One of those books you'll devour." (Chris Bohjalian, New York Times best-selling author of The Flight Attendant)

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Sisterhood

This is the 2nd book by this author that I've read, Pretty Things was a solid 5 stars, this one is a 4.25. I really enjoy her writing style. I loved hearing the different dynamics of the sisters, and I can't wait to see what she does next