Whilst I enjoyed reading this, I did feel given the subject matter it could have been more gritty. There was too much perfection. Alex was too perfect, before the accident. Molly was presented as perfect, but reading the dialogue of when Molly first meets the twin she just sounded very dumb; it is hard to get what the boys saw in her. Molly’s appearance is never described in the book apart from hinting about her bump at the end.
The end is the main point where everything is too perfect. Really would Life have been so smooth? Alex( still had the same problems. It is cliche thetdhe is pregnant in the perfect happy ending.
Towards the end, it feels like it is building to a dramatic conclusion but, does not deliver. The reveal of the accident is not a twist or a great surprise. At the end of the day it was an accident; Graeme did not do anything cold blooded and calculating; he lashed out in the heat of the moment. Throughout the book it was hinted that Graeme felt responsible. It was not hard to guess that they were arguing at the time of the accident. The decision Molly makes not to tell anyone about what really happened is not really momentous, it makes sense; it was an accident so what good would telling do? Space apart does work out but perhapas that is another example of the perfect ending.
The sub plot with Nicola comes to nothing. The history with the twin’s parents is inconsequential in the ending. Perhapas a twist could have been the argument being about the Mother’s death and a reveal that Alex was not innnocent in that. Not that Graeme was guility in either case; both his twin and Mother seem to have had tragic accidents which he was associated with.
I have been quite harsh here but I did enjoy the read. Yes it was not gritty but instead it was a light pleasant read.