Zoe laughed her head off when she read Anna’s online dating profile.
– Opening sentence
The Image of You is a clever and gripping book about two identical twins, Anna and Zoe.
Despite sharing the same DNA, they are polar opposites; Anna is optimistic, sweet and caring, and dreams of settling down with Mr Right, having children and living happily ever after. Zoe, on the other hand, is daring, sultry and a risk-taker. Anna calls her “an addict”.
I got a good grasp of the direction of this novel in the prologue, which includes the following:
I’m thirty-one and have been so very, very good all my life; not so much as a flirty text sent to one guy whilst I was with another. I’m faithful first and foremost. I think loyalty is all, it’s the backbone of all relationships – nay, the very oxygen – but that is not the case with men. No, madam. They are faithless, selfish, reckless, heartless bastards, every last one of them. I promise you.
Unless, of course, they’re wet. Just saying.
Clearly scorned, Parks shows a dislike in general to men. And sure enough, the main love interest in The Image of You – Nick – is instantly unlikeable. A stereotypical bachelor, Nick uses numerous online dating sites as a quick and easy way to bed women.
That is, until he meets Anna, and uncharacteristically finds himself falling in love with her.
But then he meets her identical twin sister, Zoe. Where Anna is sweet and wholesome, Zoe is sexy and daring.
Can you guess what happens?
In that sense, it’s pretty predictable, and pretty infuriating. I don’t really enjoy reading about stereotypical characters following an overdone plot, and I found the middle section of this book to be a rather tedious read.
The twist ending did somewhat make up for the cringe-y “but I love them both!” love triangle, BUT it was also kinda easy to guess. I was expecting something similar, I just hadn’t figured out the logistics. Credit where credits due, it was clever.
However, I would have liked to see the themes in the last third feature more prominently throughout the book. I feel like, while the concept was great, there was a missed opportunity for deeper character development and an exploration of mental health.
Instead, we got too much focus on a pathetic two-timer.
Overall, it’s an okay read. I know there will be some people who will enjoy it (I’ll definitely be passing it onto my Mum), but I’ve also read better in this genre.(3 / 5)
Towards a new beginning.
– Final sentence