Maggie’s Ruse by Anne Leigh Parrish

I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my participation on this tour.

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Maggie and Marta Dugan are identical twins. Their relationship has the usual sisterly strains, until home alone one afternoon, Maggie masquerades as Marta when a friend of hers drops by. The ruse is quickly discovered, a rift between the sisters ensues, and they go their separate ways. But living apart is hard; real independence harder still. Will they come back together? How long until each realizes she needs the other to feel whole? 


A book about twin sisters pretending to be each other leading to their estrangement? Here for it!! I mean, could I have stumbled across a synopsis any more perfect for my preferences? I think not.

Ok, so first and foremost: that was a trip. Maggie and Marta were easily two of the most self-centered, unsympathetic, callous characters I have ever met. They were perfect for each other, but that’s as far as it extended. And I was not expecting that. Honestly, I thought I’d experience an emotional connection with them, finding a common sister bond to snag hold of. I mean, these two didn’t even seem to connect with the rest of their family in a meaningful way. And despite how horrible that sounds, despite the fact that the lack of a connection between myself and the characters usually means it’s a solid pass for me, I couldn’t put this book down.

Maggie and Marta grew up in a weird state of isolation, with everyone around them assumed they were capable of taking care of each other and didn’t need to be worried about or looked after. As a result, they really seemed incapable of feeling any kind of empathy for anyone else, not even each other. They were both very much out for themselves, and took each other’s presence for granted. It was very interesting to watch them self-sabotage, and then try to figure out how to move forward once they’d created such a significant rift between themselves. They each had that moment where they realized how much they had depended upon the other, and it was fascinating to see how each personality dealt with that realization.

This is definitely a book worth recommending to readers who love a good character study. The actions of Maggie and Marta could easily be interpreted a multitude of ways, and it would make for a great book club discussion. Also? Is that not one of the best covers you’ve ever seen?

Highly recommend. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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Book stats: paperback, 274 pages, Unsolicited Press, October 1, 2019

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