Lives of the Twins
Molly Marks is finally and, she thinks, permanently in love. Jonathan McEwan fulfills all of her emotional and sexual needs--at least, Molly believes so at first. The discovery of the existence of Jonathan’s twin brother, James, a relationship Jonathan has kept hidden from Molly, both frightens and fascinates her. Obsessively driven to discover something about the missing twin, Molly reads about how twins are conceived, the phenomenon of twin births, and the psychology of the strange attachment between twins. Her research drives her to find and contact James, who is also a psychologist, and make an appointment under an assumed name to see him.
James is very different from Jonathan. Whereas Jonathan is retiring, almost diffident, James is assertive, almost aggressive. Jonathan had to be coaxed to approach Molly sexually, but James comes on to her almost at once. Jonathan is deliberate and steady; James is flamboyant and quirky. Soon Molly begins an affair with James, and she finds him dangerously exciting. The excitement of the affair begins to turn nasty, however, as James becomes more and more possessive. He finds out that Molly is living with his brother and forces her to confess her deception. Meanwhile, her relationship with Jonathan deteriorates under the weight of her guilt. Finally driven to distraction and frightened by James, she confesses to Jonathan, they separate, and Molly, besieged now by James, contemplates murder. The novel concludes...
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