Book Review: Identical by Saskia Sarginson

I’m pleased to be welcoming Saskia Sarginson to Novel Kicks and the blog tour for her latest novel,  Identical

‘Please, I need your help. You’re the only person I can turn to. The only person who can pretend to be me…’

When Alice gets a desperate message from her estranged identical twin sister Cecily, she can’t help herself. She has to say yes. Pushing down the memories of the terrible childhood that ultimately tore them apart, she arrives at her sister’s house.

Cecily has left instructions: how to work the oven, what to cook for supper, what to say to her husband.

She says she’ll only be gone a week. She just needs to contact a lawyer, sort her head out, and work out how to get away from her marriage safely.

Alice barely knows why she’s agreed. But as she puts the key in the door, she wonders if – in coming to help her sister – she might be putting herself in the most terrible danger.

Because when Cecily stops replying to messages, and the words ‘die, die, die’ appear scrawled in lipstick on the bathroom mirror, Alice realizes – someone is out to get Cecily. And now they think Alice is her…


Alice doesn’t hesitate when she gets an urgent message for help from her identical twin, Cecily. All she has to do is live as her sister for a week. That’s not too hard right? Except things are not what they seem. Alice begins to feel she’s in danger and she can’t get hold of her sister.

I’ve not previously read anything from Saskia Sarginson so I was excited to be invited onto the blog tour for her latest novel, Identical and intrigued to get going on the book.

Told from the point of view of Alice in the present and Cecily in the past, this novel effortlessly goes between the two time lines. From the start, the author plants seeds of discord. There is a bubbling suspense and tension as it’s clear something is wrong. I just couldn’t put my finger on it and that made me want to continue turning the page.

Alice has stepped up to help her sister and that is admirable. You can see that she wants to do what she can. I felt there is a part of her that’s closed off. She only has a rucksack with her. She’s been out of the country for years. There’s a story there for sure.

Cecily is also clearly hiding something. Even separated, they seem to be the same.

Ahh, it’s so hard to talk about this book without giving a lot away. Haha.

The plot unfolds at a great pace as each woman steps further toward the danger they’ve been running from all their lives. And I REALLY did not see that end coming.

Identical is a dark, compelling, intriguing psychological thriller full of secrets and lies. It’s a story that really sends you on a bit of a mental rollercoaster. I couldn’t put it down.



About Saskia Sarginson –

Saskia Sarginson was awarded an M.A. in creative writing after a B.A. in English literature from Cambridge University.

Before becoming a full-time author, she was a health and beauty editor on women’s magazines, a ghostwriter for the BBC and HarperCollins, and a copywriter and script editor.

She lives in south London with her partner and four children. Her first novel, The Twins, was chosen for the Richard & Judy autumn book club 2013 and received outstanding international review coverage.

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Identical was released by Boldwood Books on 28th May 2024. Click to buy on Amazon, Apple Books and Barnes and Noble. Click to buy on Waterstones. 


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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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