The Orphan Sister by Gwendolen Gross, Ballentine Books, 2011

I’m buzzed about all things psychic. So when I heard about this book where identical twins finish each other’s sentences, I was quick to buy it. “Party Tricks,” the sisters called it. But there was a sister, born at the same time, Clementine, but from a separate egg. Genetically speaking, she was like a regular sibling to the twins. But when I began reading the book, I realized that the “Party Tricks” were in the background. The main story, the family secret, and what it cost each member of the family was so compelling that the psychic element didn’t matter. The Orphan Sister is a stirring portrait of a family and a boa contrictor and a ferret, too. You’ll be enchanted.