Welcome to my stop on the The Santiago Sisters Blog Tour, written by Victoria Fox and published by MIRA Books. I’m very pleased to be taking part and hope you enjoy my review.
They should have stayed as one. They couldn’t survive apart.
It was fate, forever destined to come to this: from birth to death, two halves of the same whole.
Twins Calida and Teresita Santiago have never known a world without each other…until Teresita is wrenched from their Argentinian home to be adopted by world-famous actress Simone Geddes.
Now, while Teresita is provided with all that money can buy, Calida must fight her way to the top – her only chance of reuniting with her twin.
But no one can predict the explosive events which will finally bring the Santiago sisters into the spotlight together…
The Santiago Sisters is a tragic tale of what can happen when greed and selfishness intertwines into the lives of two innocent girls.
Twins Calida and Teresita are just like any other sisters, they are close, competitive and full of love for each other. They bicker as Sister’s do, but when a world-famous actress stumbles on their home in Argentina and see’s Teresita as her perfect “project”, her greed for fame and their Mother’s greed for money separates the girls in a web of lies that will potentially destroy their lives.
Victoria Fox weaves a web of lies through this novel which it becomes almost impossible to believe. That people can be so selfish, so cruel becomes hard to take in. The pain these two girls and later women suffer is implausible and hard to read. Once separated these girls are destined for misery it seems. Even when there are glimmers of hope they just don’t seem able to let go of the lies and deceits they have been told.
With one of the sisters hell bent on revenge and the other steeped in grief nothing good can possibly come from the path’s they have been set on.
There is little to like about most of the characters in this book, the “Mother’s” represent most of what is wrong in humanity, many of the peripheral characters are fake and superficial and we don’t see a huge amount of the few characters who have some redeeming qualities.
I found myself getting extremely frustrated with Calida and Teresita for various reasons, mostly that I felt they were causing themselves an awful lot unnecessary upset and I felt they could set themselves on a path to happiness instead of staying stuck in the vicious cycle of misery. Of course the book would have been a lot shorter that way!
Overall, this was a twisted tale of betrayal, greed and sisterhood that will make you think about what type of person you are and you want to be.
Thank you very much to Victoria Fox and MIRA for a copy of the novel via NetGalley to review this book honestly for the blog tour.
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
About Victoria Fox:
Victoria Fox divides her time between Bristol and London. She used to work in publishing and is now the author of 6 novels.
Title: The Santiago Sisters
Author: Victoria Fox
Genre: Romance | Chick Lit | Women’s Fiction
Publication Date: 28 July 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: Paperback | Audio
Buy: Amazon UK | Amazon US | Nook | iBooks