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It’s a huge achievement if you can laugh while reading a tragedy; Hanley’s debut novel has humor, clever and never crass, but at the same time is one of the most unthinkable drama you can find; Thompson and Timothy (aka Rod Hard), identical twins, sharing a mind like all twins, criss-crossing lives, needing to find a way to break their link to be able to save each other life, or maybe once you broke it, it’s the end?

After a few chapters I realized I wasn’t reading an evolution of a story, a development of lives, I was actually approaching an implosion, the vital need for Thom to deconstruct his life from the very beginning, to understand how he is at this point, and maybe being able to really starting living, cause there is like a block in him, something dragging him behind, something anchoring him to the bottom, while redemption is above, far from. But at the same time, I was feeling a deep compassion for Timothy, he was dragging Thom behind, but he was at the same time screaming for his own life, for his own chance to live the same existence of Thom. While Thom should have that chance and not Timothy? Weren’t they, after all, like one person?

Like many tragedy, there isn’t really a final chapter giving closure, if not, maybe, that Thom and Timothy will have a chance to peace and happiness; but that is probably another story.

Paperback: 222 pages
Publisher: Red Baron Press (October 23, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615750257
ISBN-13: 978-0615750255
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