‘They tried to make me go to my sister’s funeral today. In the end I had to give in … I’d been walking in her shadow for sixteen years and I liked its cool darkness. It was a good place to hide.’
Rebecca’s twin sister Hephzibah was beautiful and daring. She was the one who always wanted more. The one who wouldn’t listen. Now she’s gone, Rebecca is alone.
While there were two of them, they stayed silent about their home life. But Rebecca, who knows the truth about how her twin died, suddenly finds herself keeping too many secrets. Hephzibah dreamt of escape, but failed. Could Rebecca be the one to find freedom?
Original and unforgettable, Black Heart Blue is not just Rebecca and Hephzibah’s story. It’s a story about all of us: a story about the lies we want to believe, the truth we sometimes can’t, and having the courage to discover the difference.
Rebecca has just lost her sister and in a world where no-one even wants to talk to her she is now more alone than ever. Somewhere in her subconscious though Hephzibah is trying to convince her she has to get free but it turns out that these twins don’t everything about one another.
Hephzibah had always just wanted to be normal and when her parents are finally convinced into letting them go to college she takes the chance without a second thought. She finally has a plan to get free and for just a little bit each day can feel like everyone else. Ignoring her sisters warnings she begins to dream of a normal life but she is unaware that her actions will cost her her life.
Rebecca has a secret too though and when she looses Hephzibah she might just find it within her to save her sisters dreams.
The first two-thirds of this book give you Hephzibah’s story till her death and how Rebecca is coping with it, the last third is just about Rebecca. I’m not sure what I was expecting from this book but it turned out to be a lot darker than I’d imagined. Nothing in Rebecca’s life is easy and although I could sympathise with Heph wanting to feel normal there were often times I was just annoyed at her and how selfish she could be.
Ultimately this a story about secrets. How right from the beginning of their lives there were secrets and they had to cover up the truth form the outside world. Even at home however as the sisters grew older they began having secrets from one another that in some ways lead to the tragedy that starts off this story. However it is also important to see the hope that Heph brings to the story. She never gave up on freedom and in the end it is this power that brings peace to them both.