Welcome to my spot on the blog tour today! I’m super excited to post my review for this fantastic novel by L V Hay, published by Orenda Books!
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 find out about her? Taking the reader on a breathless ride through the winding lanes of Brighton, into its vibrant party scene and inside the homes of its wellheeled families, The Other Twin is startling and up-to-the-minute thriller about the social-media world, where resentments and accusations are played out online, where identities are made and remade, and where there is no such thing as truth…
I’m completely bowled over by The Other Twin. The writing. The plot. The characterisation. All aspects of the book have left me thirsty for more. “Didn’t want this to end” just doesn’t seem to cover it. Whilst reading, I carried my Kindle charger around with me incase it ran out of power. That was how addicted I was and I only started it yesterday. I didn’t expect to whip through this book so fast but it completely blew me away. The Other Twin has by far surpassed all of my expectations. It’s complex and dark and utterly brilliant! Love it!
When young woman India dies suddenly from falling off a bridge onto the Brighton railway, older sister Poppy returns home after four (nearly five) years absence and delves into the facts surrounding her sister’s death. On a quest for the truth, she finds much more than she ever could have imagined possible, including a web of lies that runs deep into the past and a secret to blow her world apart. As Poppy discovers the reason behind India’s death, it becomes clear that sometimes the search for the truth is a path paved with lies, deceit and murderous consequences.
The characters leap off the page and settle in your imagination. Even when I took a small departure from the book to make a cup of tea, I found the book’s scenes replaying in my head. The bubbling tension was almost palpable. It’s impossible to stop thinking about a book as addictive and thought-provoking as this. I can’t wait to read Lucy’s next novel!
Lucy V Hay’s writing is fantastic. Clever and insightful, the narrative rolls along at a heart-pounding pace, beautifully describing the online world and the affluent families of Brighton. I haven’t read anything like this before. From the very current social media element to the shocking and utterly brilliant ending, everything is stupendous!
Writing this review, those last few perfect sentences are still ringing in my ears, which is a magic only a truly brilliant book can conjure. The Other Twin is set to be seismic! From the narrative, to the characterisation, the myriad aspects of this novel conspire in creating a masterpiece! Bravo!
As you fly through this novel, the complex plot slowly relinquishes it’s clues and secrets as the mystery thickens and twists, casting out its net to drag in your attention and keep it there well after the final page has turned. Superb!
Dark. Shocking. Mesmerising.
If you would like to read The Other Twin, here is the link
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. She lives in Devon with her husband, three children, six cats and five African Land Snails.
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Huge thanks to Karen, Anne and Lucy for having me on the blog tour and a HUGE HUGE thanks again for quoting my review!