If you like nail-biting mystery novels, then this is the novel for you.
The Lost Twin by Sophie Cleverly is the first book of the amazing Scarlet & Ivy trilogy. I haven’t read the second and third book, Whispers In The Walls and Dancing In The Dark, but it is on my ‘To Read’ list.
Scarlet & Ivy are identical twins…
Ivy lives with her slightly crazy aunt while her twin, Scarlet, is at Rookwood School. On her thirteenth birthday, Ivy receives a letter from the school inviting her to join. Ivy dreads going, as this is where Scarlet died. Ivy soon realises Miss Fox, the deputy head, is very sinister, and soon she forces Ivy to take Scarlet’s place, becoming her twin.
So Ivy now has to take on a great challenge. Scarlet and Ivy are like day and night, like chalk and cheese. But she has to remember all of her memories of Scarlet, otherwise she’ll be in trouble. One day, she discovers a diary, Scarlet’s, which tells her, bit by bit, the mysteries Ivy desperately wants to solve. Why did Scarlet die? Why did she obey Miss Fox?
After telling her new friend Ariadne and her kind ballet teacher Miss Finch the truth, Ariadne and Ivy set off to crack the riddles left by Scarlet, which should lead them to all the answers. But time is running out. Penny, the school bully, starts to get a little suspicious…
Sophie Cleverly has made this book so that it grabs the reader’s attention immediately and leaves you on the edge of your seat. I loved this book as it is a true page-turning, nail-biting mystery. Cleverly has very sensibly hidden clues in the story and lets us solve the mystery as well. I read it in less than a day, and I would recommend it for 11+.