Last Will of Moira Leahy

The Last Will of Moira Leahy

by Therese Walsh

I’m Kim Alexander and this is Fiction Nation, smart reviews for modern readers on Sirius XM Book Radio. The book is The Last Will of Moira Leahy by Therese Walsh.

Everyone loves a story about twins. And they’re particularly good when one twin is missing/dead/evil/kidnapped by wolves or aliens, and the other, well, the other twin has just never been the same. I mean, there would be no soap operas without twins! I imagine having an identical twin would be like when your hand falls asleep and you brush yourself with it — yeeps! Except I would hope you’d eventually get used to the feeling.

Fiction also relies on us knowing that twins maintain a psychic bond. Is this true? Is it more true than the bond any close siblings share? In The Last Will of Moira Leahy, the bond between the twins is also the wellspring of musical talent, passion, and creativity. The girls are in perfect harmony — literally — until a rotten boy comes along and ruins everything AS USUAL. Inevitably,Êone awful night shatters the girls like a couple of mirrors. One, we are told, is gone. The other moves forward but not in the same direction. And I had to keep flipping back and forth to remind myself which girl was the woman narrating the story and which one was gone — neither I nor the characters could quite hang on to who was whom.

There is a second and equally important plot revolving around a charmed Javanese blade, an antique weapon with a dangerous past. The weapon, called a keris, literally bewitches the remaining sister, being the twin of the blade she and her own twin, playing pirates, had accidentally flung into the sea. The two stories slowly revolve around each other, and they finally do resolve with some very nice plot twists. The author says she set out to write one book, and then changed course and rewrote it as another, and while I was reading I did find myself looking forward to the flashbacks more than following the trail of the mysterious keris.Ê I found the language and lives of the twins mysterious enough.

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