Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Alex and Leslie Twisden lead charmed lives-fabulous jobs, a luxurious town house on Manhattan's Upper East Side, a passionate marriage. What they don't have is a child, and as they try one infertility treatment after the next, yearning turns into obsession. As a last-ditch attempt to make their dream of parenthood come true, Alex and Leslie travel deep into Slovenia, where they submit to a painful and terrifying procedure that finally gives them what they so fervently desire . . . but with awful consequences.
Ten years later, cosseted and adored but living in a house of secrets, the twins Adam and Alice find themselves locked into their rooms every night, with sounds coming from their parents' bedroom getting progressively louder, more violent, and more disturbing.
Driven to a desperate search for answers, Adam and Alice set out on a quest to learn the true nature of the man and woman who raised them. Their discovery will upend everything they thought they knew about their parents and will reveal a threat so horrible that it must be escaped, at any cost.
Holy crap! This book was creepy! It takes a HECK of a lot to get me a bit wigged out, but this book did it for me! The premise itself is enough to give me the willies. I've known a LOT of couples that have had fertility issues and after they reach a certain point they either give up or get uber-obssessed with the process and go to somewhat drastic measures to get pregnant.
Alex and Alice start off as your normal couple, rich and beautiful and well liked. I think I would have liked more about their relationship before all the creepy stuff happens, but it isn't that irksome. They try and try for a kid, but nothing happens. Alice wants to give up, but Adam wants to try ONE last thing! He hears about a doctor with a radical new treatment that is highly effective but very out of the ordinary. He's in Slovenia (Wasn't that the place where the movie Hostel takes place?) *Cue creepy music!*
After the treatments, Alex and Alice start to notice some...erm..changes in their lives and behavior. They get pregnant, and they have twins..well sorta, but no super spoilers from me! Life in the Twisden family is less than ideal. The children are strange, solitary creatures that cling to each other and the parents..well let's just say that PTA meetings aren't on the top of their TO-DO lists.
This book had me ripping through it. I finished it in almost a day and a half! Loved the creepy but not TOO creepy vibe. The writing is awesome and although some characters could have been developed a little more strongly, I believe this is a solid book that will satisfy!