Book Review: ‘This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us’ explores true meaning of family

How would you like to share a body with a sibling?



Private eye twins Adrian and Zooey are the stars of Edgar Cantero’s satirical noir detective tale. But there is a catch; the twins share a body.

KESTRA ENGSTROM, Managing editor

Imagine this:

You’re a twin, right? Just hanging out, growing in utero. Then, something goes horribly wrong and you become fully fused with your sibling in the womb. You are not separate personalities, like the psychiatrists you keep getting passed around to seem to think. You are literally two people, sharing control of one body and one brain and one life.

That is exactly what Edgar Cantero wrote about in his hilarious novel “This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us.”

The book follows Adrian and Zooey Kimrean, private eyes, twin siblings who share a single body. Adrian dominates the left hemisphere of their shared brain, making him highly intelligent, focused and analytical, but totally antisocial and lacking in empathy. Zooey has the right side of the brain, making her social, impulsive, creative, and dangerously hedonistic and distractible.

The siblings are constantly at war within each other, but their unique strengths make them a brilliant private eye(s). This is why they are recruited by the San Francisco Police Department to help out Danny Mojave, an undercover cop working as the right-hand man to Victor Lyon, the biggest drug lord in California, investigate who is murdering Victor’s sons and hopefully stop a full-out mob war along the way.

Cantero is witty and endlessly entertaining. “This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us” offers a hilarious satire on stereotypical film noir/spy/cartel/action books and movies, with the most unusual but incredibly endearing protagonists I have seen in a while.

With car chases, ninja assassins, femme fatales and a spunky tag-along, this book truly has something for everyone. Its most important lesson, however, is one about family.

What does family really mean to us? What would we do for our family? What would we do to get away from our family? Cantero asks us all this, and more, through the brilliant and hilarious minds of Adrian and Zooey.

“This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us” is truly a book you will not want to put down.