What’s it about?
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 well- heeled families, The Other Twin is a 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 …
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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I’m delighted to be on the blog tour today and I can tell you that Orenda Books has published a novel that has that little nugget of originality yet again. You will be surprised, I can’t think of anything other to say.
The Other Twin is an intriguing investigation into India’s death by her sister Poppy. She conducts her own search into her sister’s past to find out who her sister really was and if it was even plausible that she commited suicide. It was difficult to find out much about India because she removed her digital presence on all social media but there is one person, someone tagged in a picture as Penny, who seemed close to her and who might know more. But how to find that person is nearly impossible. In the present days social media can be a real source but you can also dissapear if you want. Poppy didn’t really know her sister like she thought she did by the looks of it.
The depth of the secrets and lies in this novel is mountain high and I simply couldn’t fathom the scale of it until I almost got to the end. Poppy runs into a wall everywhere she turns and everyone, even in her own family, keeps their lips pressed together. Maybe they know, maybe they don’t but it won’t keep her from trying even harder. Even though I didn’t know anything – there’s no reader’s advantage here, I was as much in the dark as Poppy was – I just had to keep on reading because the writing was addictive and the mystery kept me in its grip. I had a sense of unease while reading this but I had no idea where this story was going to lead. I loved how unexpected the truth turned out to be. It was staring me in the eyes and I simply didn’t recognize it, understand it, see it. If you want to read this story I would advise you not to read too many reviews though because some are bound to give some spoilers and that would just take away all the fun and would in fact most certainly have an impact on your own rating.
This was a great debut which I am happy to recommend to all readers who enjoy the psychological thriller genre.
I received a free copy of this novel from the author L V Hay, publisher OrendaBooks and tour organiser Anne Cater in exchange for my honest opinion.