Today I am passing the blog back to Mandie who continues her Year of Orenda , 50 for 50 challenge with a review of The Other Twin by L.V. Hay. this was my first taste of the author’s work and I reviewed it couple of years back. If you’d like to see what I thought about the book, you can find my review here. Read on to find out more about the book, and see if Mandie enjoyed the read.
About the Book
When India falls to her death from a bridge over a railway, her sister Poppy returns home to Brighton for the first time in years. Unconvinced by official explanations, Poppy begins her own investigation into India’s death. But the deeper she digs, the closer she comes to uncovering deeply buried secrets.
Could Matthew Temple, the boyfriend she abandoned, be involved? And what of his powerful and wealthy parents, and his twin sister, Ana? Enter the mysterious and ethereal Jenny: the girl Poppy discovers after hacking into India’s laptop. What is exactly is she hiding, and what did India discover…?
A twisty, dark and sexy debut thriller set in the winding lanes and underbelly of Brighton, centring around the social media world, where resentments and accusations are played out, identities made and remade, and there is no such thing as the truth.Available from: Amazon | Kobo | Waterstones | Hive | Googleplay | Apple Books
When Poppy gets a call from her mother telling her that her younger sister India has committed suicide, she makes the journey home to Brighton, a home she has not been to for over four years. Despite not having spoken to her sister in a long time she is not convinced that she took her own life and is determined to find out what happened. As she reconnects with her past and old friends her hunt for the truth becomes so much more.
I am going to admit when I started reading this book, I thought that I knew where the story would take me but boy was I wrong. Told predominantly through Poppy’s eyes you find out a bit of what went on between the two sisters growing up but it its not until much later that you find out why those who used to be close to her are not quite so happy to see her back or to have her delve into the life of her sister in the run up to her death.
They say that every family has its secrets and we find out that that its more than one secret and more than one family that are at the heart of this book. Interwoven in all of this is also the struggle for identity and belonging. Just as I thought I knew what happened and who the mysterious Jenny was I would turn the page and have to rethink it all and the truth was not what I expected at all.
There is a part of the book that is hard to read and quite heart wrenching involving Poppy, Jenny and Matthew that you do have to wonder if anyone will come back from but it is written in such a way that will really draw on your emotions and you just hope that some good will come from it. The use of social media within the book adds to the mystery as Poppy tries to decipher the coded comments left by her sister and it really does highlight how divisive and hurtful this form of communication can be when people wade in with their comments and likes to something they may not truly understand.
The Other Twin is definitely one twisty, dark book full of mystery and secrets that will have you wondering right to the end what really happened and do we ever truly know our family and friends as well as we think we do
About the Author
Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin (2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader for the London Screenwriters’ Festival and has written two non-fiction books, Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays, plus its follow-up Drama Screenplays. Her critically acclaimed debut thriller The Other Twin was published in 2017. She lives in Devon with her husband, three children, six cats and five African Land Snails.
Books by L.V. Hay