They’re WHAT!?!?

Yes. Yes, they are. Even better, a few very astute readers saw it coming. The clues were all there.

That Edward has a half-brother is mentioned for the first time in Chapter Eight:

He tells me about prep-school, his four years at Harvard, and how determined he was to attend a law school that would have him in the same city as Alice. He tells me about the half-brother he’s never met, whom Alice doesn’t know exists. He thinks that if she did, she wouldn’t be able to stomach being in the same room as their father, either.


Again in Chapter Nineteen:

“It was right after my mother died, and I found out I had a half-brother. I’m sure I told you about him…”

“Just that he exists and not to tell Alice.”

“My mother mentioned him in her will. Apparently, she found out about him a few weeks before she died. I confronted my father about his infidelity, and he laughed.


This comment in Chapter Twenty-One was intended to remind readers another sibling exists:

I’m not sure if I should be offended or relieved he faked kissing me. I mean, according to Edward, his dad goes around siring offspring with random women.


The first description of Carlisle appears in Chapter Twelve:

“He actually reminds me a lot of you. You have different coloring, but freakishly similar facial features and mannerisms. Anyway, within minutes of meeting him, I knew I could trust him.


When Chapter Fourteen posted, several reviewers commented they felt the scene with Izzy, Alice, and Edward talking about Christmas music was filler:

Alice rolls her eyes. “It’s just us—we’re all family here. You don’t have to worry about your approval rating going down because once upon a time you donned blinking reindeer antlers and sang along with Wham.”

“I don’t know what she’s talking about,” he says to me. “I’ve never–”

“Oh, don’t even.” She shakes her head, and the silver bells on her elf hat jingle. “I can produce photographic evidence of the antlers.”

“–listened to Wham.”


That scene was written to set up this moment—the childhood photo that would make Izzy figure it out.

So yes. Carlisle as Edward’s half-brother wasn’t tossed in last minute as a way to infuse drama. All along, this was going to be the primary conflict.
We are, officially, at the good stuff.

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  1. on 25 Mar 2011 at 11:56 amjilburfm

    I’m impressed that people saw that coming! I knew Edward had a half-brother, I just didn’t link it up with Carlisle. Not even with the similar features thing. Well done!


  2. on 25 Mar 2011 at 12:30 pmLinsey

    LOVE!! So didn’t see it coming. Thank you for always striving to give us your best.


  3. on 26 Mar 2011 at 7:04 pmMary

    I disagree. We’ve been at the good stuff for a while . :)


  4. on 27 Mar 2011 at 8:54 pmsometime around midnight

    I knew something was up when you said all of that stuff. I love it!


  5. on 31 Mar 2011 at 10:09 amMelody aka sunshinemommy

    I briefly entertained the thought early on (because of all the clues you’ve mentioned), but quickly dismissed it. Can’t say I’ve ever seen you throw anything in any of your stories last minut. There’s always foreshadowing. It’s just a matter of picking up on it.

    Which, again, is why I’m so scared for Alice. (BTW I, for one, think it’s totally win that C&E are brothers, lol.) Great job :)