From School Library Journal
Grade 6–9—A riveting peek into the lives of twins who have an unusual ability. Born on different sides of midnight on New Year's Eve, Merry and Mally Brynn have always shared a secret language and telepathy. Though they have dissimilar personalities, they tend to think, feel, and do things in sync. However, after a bizarre fire on their 13th birthday almost kills the girls, the thread between them ravels. Suddenly, they begin to have visions about other people. Mally can see events before they occur, and Merry can see them after they have concluded. Putting the pieces together gives the girls a startling picture of some disturbing incidents occurring nearby: Mally has visions of a friend's older brother hurting animals and violently attacking young women. Though it's hard for the sisters to believe it's true, they are determined to stop him, no matter the personal cost. Mitchard does an excellent job of portraying the girls' close bond and unique personas. The importance of the twin legacy in the Brynn family and the vital role the girls' relatives play in their well-being are also wonderfully evoked. The clearly depicted setting—a tight-knit small-town community—makes an excellent environment for the tale's action and suspense. This involving mystery will have wide appeal and makes a solid first entry in a planned trilogy.—Emily Garrett Cassady, North Garland High School, Garland, TX
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Meredith and Mallory are identical twins with different birthdays. They even have different birth years, since they were each born on opposite sides of midnight on New Year’s Eve. Coming from a family with a lineage of telepathic twins, these two have an extraordinary bond that includes having identical dreams. Just before the girls’ 13th birthdays, Mallory dreams about dying in a house fire—a vision her sister doesn’t share. The girls do survive a mysterious blaze, though, and Mallory continues to envision future traumatic events, while Meredith places Mallory’s dreams in time. A few elements of the story are more reminiscent of a teen horror flick than a carefully developed psychological drama, particularly a subplot about a friend’s brother, who turns out to kill animals and attack girls. Although the characters often act and speak as plot devices rather than as real people, foreshadowing keeps the pages turning, and a closing speech from the girls’ grandma indicates that their extraordinary talents will be showcased in future volumes. Grades 7-10. --Cindy Dobrez