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Now an original Netflix documentary: the best-selling account of the love between brothers and the shocking legacy of a dangerous mother.  

Imagine waking up one day to discover that you have forgotten everything about your life. Your only link with the past, your only hope for the future, is your identical twin. Now imagine, years later, discovering that your twin had not told you the whole truth about your childhood, your family, and the forces that had shaped you. Why the secrets? Why the silences? You have no choice but to begin again.  

This has been Alex's reality: a world where memories are just the stories people tell you, where fact and fiction are impossible to distinguish. With dogged courage he has spent years hunting for the truth about his hidden past and his remarkable family. His quest to understand his true identity has revealed shocking betrayals and a secret tragedy, extraordinary triumph over crippling adversity and, above all, redemption founded on brotherly love.  

Marcus, his twin brother, has sometimes been a reluctant companion on this journey, but for him too it has led to staggering revelations and ultimately the shedding of impossible burdens.   

Their story spans continents and eras, from 1950s debutantes and high society in the Home Counties to a remote island in the Pacific and '90s raves. Disturbing, funny, heartbreaking and affirming, Alex and Marcus' determination to rebuild their lives makes us look afresh at how we choose to tell our stories.

©2013 Alex Lewis and Marcus Lewis (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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After watching the documentary on Netflix -I wanted to learn more about the twins and their horrific story- the documentary only briefly skimmed the story and there were a few inaccuracies. I applaud not only the twins but their brother and sister - their courage and resilience. It’s hard to understand and fathom a mother who has no love, who objectifies her own children - who is cruel and has no remorse for her behaviour. Jill demonstrates the behaviour of psychopath /narcissistic personality disorder- society has to realise that not all of these monsters are serial killers and men ! I for one, have a mother who is one.

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  • TCB
  • 06-01-2020

Had so much hope for this book.

Too long. Boring. Great narration. But I found the hours and hours of listening to the big build up not really worth it.

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  • Henry Reimert
  • 13-12-2019

Disturbing Tale!

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction and much more disturbing. There are many horror stories that I find less disturbing than what happened to this man and his siblings. At first, I disliked how the story was being told. Certain situations were glossed over or made to seem almost unimportant. My frustration grew as I listened further, but then everything started to make sense. This story has many, many layers and you have to understand each layer before you dig down to the rotten core.

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  • Kelly Miller
  • 28-07-2020

So much better than the movie

The book was excellent with a terrible subject matter. They are brutal honesty was compelling.

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  • Amber
  • 19-05-2020

Twins , memory, and coming to terms with abuse

Very interesting if you are interested in these topics. Structured like a slow burn, hinting at the wrongness in the family and watching Alex, the twin without memories, uncover the devastating truth.

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  • BarB
  • 10-12-2019

Fascinating story

I downloaded this book after reading a review of it on the New York Post and it didn’t disappoint. My heart absolutely broke for these twins and their siblings. That mother... UGH! What a monster! It’s hard to believe that these children came out as normal as they did. And with so many neighbors and family friends, seeing that these children were so clearly mistreated (the twins serving at dinner parties with downcast eyes should’ve been a HUGE red flag) did so little to help get them out of that house... it just goes to show how far we go to stick our heads in the sand rather than confront clear abusers and protect children. This book is well worth listening to.

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  • Elizabeth S
  • 25-11-2019

devastating and triumphant

To the children of this family, who, through no fault of your own, were misused and abused by adults in your life, I thank you for the bravery it took to tell your story, and share it with the rest of us. God bless you.

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  • anne
  • 05-11-2019

Moving account of triumph over a horrible situatio

Highly recommended this book! So well written and so well read. Leaves you feeling uplifted in spite of the horrors portrayed

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  • Trish Coffey
  • 31-10-2019

Gripping

I saw the documentary, when they mentioned the book I had to get it. Amazing

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  • BookChic2007
  • 27-10-2019

Extraordinary

Excellent. Wished all audio e-books had this high quality production. I would recommend this book.

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  • C Nixon Stewart
  • 27-02-2020

The experience of trauma and abuse!

The book is such a great because it lays out what happens to children, parents who abuse them and the trauma. The experience of secrets and trauma amongst twins. A must read! A great educational teaching for mental health professional, teachers, lawyers and lay community. It must be read AFTER seeing the Netflix documentary. A must see!

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  • GW
  • 16-11-2019

A gripping and unexpected story!

I loved this even though it was heartbreaking at times, and kept listening when I should have been working! An extraordinary and inspirational story about twins, their parents, friends and siblings.

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  • P. Subbotin
  • 04-11-2019

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Easily one of the best narrations I have heard on Audible. Also an amazing story although full of sadness and poignancy.

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