I'm delighted to be taking part in The Other Twin blog tour today, a fantastic new novel 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, he 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 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 the truth...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2wite consultancy. She is the associate producer of Brit Thrillers Deviation (2012) and Assassin (2015), both starring Danny Dyer. Lucy is also head reader of 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.
The Other Twin is the debut novel by Lucy Hay and Orenda Books have found another winner! Set in Brighton, Poppy is left distraught when her sister India falls from a bridge and is killed by a passing train. The police rule India’s death as suicide but Poppy is convinced that there is another explanation to India’s death and she sets out on a dangerous mission to uncover the truth to find out what really happened to her sister. If you’re a fan of psychological thrillers then you won’t want to miss this one.
The Other Twin is an utterly engrossing read, it is hard to believe that it is a debut novel as the characters are all so well developed and I could picture the Brighton scenery clearly in my mind. I really felt as though I connected to Poppy’s character as she fought to uncover the truth and I was rooting for her throughout the story especially as she faces many challenges along the way. The other characters in this book were also engrossing and I found Poppy’s relationship with her ex boyfriend, Matthew intriguing and this was also a good source of tension on the book.
The book deals with some very current themes in the world today and for me this was what made the novel standout. Lucy constructs these themes around her plot really well, particularly how she opens up the mind to the struggles faced by the LGBT community. It really made me think at how people in this community must feel at certain times and her book reminds us how we must treat everyone in this world as equal. She also deals with the issue with social media in her book and she reminds us of how careful we have to be online.
The ending of this book was a corker, there were some particularly chilling moments and I raced through the final pages. This is definitely a novel which will have you gripped to the end of your seat. As I read the final chapters there were moments when my jaw dropped open as Lucy pulled the plot together.
The Other Twin is an engrossing and compelling read. I can’t wait to see what Lucy does next. If you enjoy a thought provoking and twisty read, this novel is definitely one for you. A brilliant debut, Lucy is certainly a writer to watch. Thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for sending me a copy to review and for organising the blog tour.
Publication date: 3rd July 2017
Print length: 250 pages
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