Thursday, 21 September 2017

Book Tour & Guest Review ~ Lottery in Paradise by Deborah Brown ~ Includes a giveaway!


TITLE - Lottery in Paradise

AUTHOR - Deborah Brown

SYNOPSIS - Meet the crime-solving duo of the Florida Keys: Madison who has all the charm of the girl next door, not to mention a deadly aim and Fab, her best friend, a femme fatale private investigator with a taste for danger and stilettos.

When their neighbor is found dead, the headlines read, "It doesn't pay to be a lottery winner." It gets you nothing but an endless line of crazies at your door, greedy relatives and acquaintances. Sleuths Madison and Fab don't have time to be concerned about the latest murder; they have problems of their own trying to figure out why their house has suddenly become the focus of several attempted break-ins. The duo are off on more adventures -- what could go wrong chauffeuring a limousine full of college girls? Or chasing after a custom Ferrari? Along the way, there's a break-up, a wedding, and the usual run-ins with the law.

If you like sassy, exciting crime novels, then you'll love Lottery in Paradise, the eleventh book in the scorching Paradise series about two seductive ladies who use unconventional and highly entertaining measures to maintain the peace in the steamy and twisted paradise of Tarpon Cove.

The Paradise series, are Florida Keys mysteries, “great as stand-alone reads, but they're like chips...you won't be able to devour just one!”


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"Another FABULOUS book by one of my favorite authors. I love how there are always several different stories going on. I loved the ending..." 


"Another great story in the Paradise series! My love for these quirky characters grows with every book! Hope they never end!"

"An excellent story that is jammed packed with fun, happiness, anger, & a few stupid decisions. She captures the reader's attention & keeps it from beginning to end. This is another winner in the Paradise series!"

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Guest Book Review 

by Ashley Lucas

Every time I think there couldn’t possibly be a situation Madison Weston could get herself into that is better than the last one, I am so pleasantly surprised! In Lottery in Paradise, you get all of the things you are accustomed to when reading an In Paradise book. The cottage crazies, lots of trouble, loads of fun, and of course so many shenanigans!

In this book, we find the girls in their happy (or so we think) relationships with Creole and Didier. After they have yet again requested that the girls stay out of trouble, something no matter what is going on they can’t manage to do, and Didier ends up breaking up with Fab. This isn’t even the worst part. As always there is a random death that rocks their world and so the excitement begins.

I am absolutely terrible about spoilers so this is where I will leave you but take it from me, the girl who has been reading these books since the first one was still a beta read, you will not be disappointed if you run and pick this one up!



Book Excerpt

Fab hit the steering wheel with a closed fist. "I'm going to run that jerk off the road."

"No. You. Are. Not. And you're not going to shoot out his tires either." Though there was a zero chance of that happening. As talented as the hot, sexy woman was, she couldn't steer and shoot at the same time. "We'll act like normal people and call the police." Normal, I laughed to myself. I hadn't heard myself described that way in a long time. Mostly, I heard "weird" bandied about. An over-exaggeration - I'm familiar with weird, and that's not me.

"You better come up with something better than that." Fab pulled up alongside the truck on the driver's side.

I powered the window down and hung my head out, my hand in mid-air, ready to flag the man down, even though I knew that chances were slim that he'd pull over. Pulling my head back in the window, I said, "Change of plans." I pushed my red hair back into place, smoothing it down, certain it was a wind-whipped mess. "The fancy tow truck is one of Brick's."

Brick and I had a tenuous relationship; it was hard to trust him when I knew he never put Fab's safety first, or mine either. He opposed our relationship, knowing that several times I had convinced my daring friend to calm down and rethink her plan. As backup to Super PI Fab, there were few jobs that didn't include flying bullets and running for our lives. I was happy for the respite. So were our boyfriends,who'd had a face-to-face with Brick, laying down the rules: no more withholding details, and if it came out after the fact that he knew there was a high chance of danger, it would be the last mistake he would make. My boyfriend followed that up with a right cross to Brick's eye.

Fab made an outraged sound. "I don't believe you."

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About the Author

I've been writing, in one way or another for as long as I can remember; poetry, sappy short stories (my best friend made me swear that I’d never show anyone until I changed the names), and a romance novel shoved under my bed.

I wanted to create books with a wide-range of unforgettable characters, with heat and romance, and lots of guns. It wouldn’t be complete without a slice of humor and charm.

I live with my family and demon children aka rescue cats in South Florida.


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Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda ~ Book review and giveaway @HQStories


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TITLE - Best Day Ever

AUTHOR - Kaira Rouda

LENGTH - 384 Pages



Synopsis

A loving husband. 
The perfect killer?


‘I wonder if Mia thinks I have a dark side. Most likely as far as she knows, I am just her dear loving husband.’ 

Paul Strom has spent years building his perfect life: glittering career, beautiful wife, two healthy boys and a big house in the suburbs.

But he also has his secrets. That’s why Paul has promised his wife a romantic weekend getaway. He proclaims this day, a warm Friday in May, will be the best day ever.

Paul loves his wife, really, he does. But he also wants to get rid of her. And with every hour that passes, Paul ticks off another stage in his elaborately laid plan…

Behind Closed Doors meets Liane Moriarty in this creepy, fast-paced psychological thriller with a twist you won’t see coming!


MY REVIEW 

Well what a deceiving book title this is. I couldn't put it down and read it quicker than I've read a book in a while and I'm a slow reader!

The whole book takes place over a day, and is extremely well written, with so much content packed into it.

It is written from the perspective of Businessman, Husband and Father, Paul Strom. Well what an arrogant, self-centered, egotistical man he is. There are some great chauvinistic comments, like when talking about women saying they should "Look good, take care of the kids" and referring to his wife saying "At home these days, I am king of our castle and my queen needs to fall back in line". I really disliked him. But how well written his character was!



There are some great lines written in this book from Paul's' perspective and they actually make you laugh in places. I kept wondering if I knew anyone like this or even if someone like this actually existed. If they do then I'm glad they're not in my life! It makes you think a lot when you're reading it, about what some women may well go through in real life. In parts it's some underlying form of domestic abuse.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this book, and when I read the synopsis that this was a psychological thriller, I couldn't understand after reading the first 100 pages or so of the book, where the thriller part was going to come in to the story. I soon realised that the author was teasing us and very cleverly leading us into a real roller-coaster ride. 


This book has such a twist at the end, so without saying anymore and giving any spoilers, you'll just have to read it and find out for yourself! 

I look forward to reading more from this author.





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‘A tensely written, shocking book that will hold readers on the edge of their seats to the very last page.’  Publishers Weekly 

‘Fast-paced, dark, and slightly disturbing, you won’t be able to put this book down until its jaw-dropping ending… Absolutely brilliant!’ Kerry Lonsdale, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Everything We Keep 

‘Through self-conscious charm and a chilling wit, Rouda’s narrator creates laugh-out-loud moments that will feel like guilty pleasures. This may well be the most entertaining read of your year.’  Kathryn Craft, award-winning author of The Far End of Happy, on Best Day Ever

'Deliciously diabolical and highly readable, BEST DAY EVER kept me flipping the pages with anticipation and fascination. Unputdownable!' A. J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author of The Twilight Wife



About the Author

Kaira Rouda is a USA Today bestselling, multiple award-winning author of contemporary women's fiction and sexy modern romance novels that sparkle with humor and heart. Her women's fiction titles include HERE, HOME, HOPE, ALL THE DIFFERENCE, IN THE MIRROR and THE GOODBYE YEAR (April 2016). Her bestselling short story is titled, A MOTHER'S DAY. Kaira's work has won the Indie Excellence Award, USA Book Awards, the Reader's Choice Awards and honorable mention in the Writer's Digest International Book Awards. Her books have been widely reviewed and featured in leading magazines. 

Her sexy contemporary romance series set on INDIGO ISLAND includes: WEEKEND WITH THE TYCOON, Book 1; HER FORBIDDEN LOVE, Book 2; THE TROUBLE WITH CHRISTMAS, Book 3; and THE BILLIONAIRE'S BID, Book 4. Each of these novellas can be read as a stand alone, or enjoyed as a series. Her new series is set in LAGUNA BEACH and includes: LAGUNA NIGHTS, Book 1; LAGUNA HEIGHTS, Book 2; and LAGUNA LIGHTS, Book 3, and LAGUNA SIGHTS, coming winter 2016. She also helped launch Melissa Foster's The Remington's Kindle World with her bestselling novella, SPOTLIGHT ON LOVE and in the Dare to Love Kindle World, THE CELEBRITY DARE. 

Her nonfiction titles, REAL YOU INCORPORATED: 8 Essentials for Women Entrepreneurs, and REAL YOU FOR AUTHORS: 8 Essentials for Women Writers, continue to inspire. 

She lives in Southern California with her husband and four almost-grown kids, and is at work on her next novel.


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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Book Review - Lost in the Lake by A J Waines ~ Publication day!


!! PUBLICATION DAY !!

TITLE - Lost in the Lake

AUTHOR - A J Waines

PUBLICATION DATE:- 07th September 2017 

GENRE - Psychological Thriller

SYNOPSIS
She came at first for answers…now she’s back for you

Amateur viola player Rosie Chandler is the sole survivor of a crash which sends members of a string quartet plunging into a lake. Convinced the ‘accident’ was deliberate, but unable to recall what happened, she is determined to recover her lost memories and seeks out clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby.

But Rosie is hiding something…

Sam is immediately drawn to the tragic Rosie and as she helps her piece the fragments together, the police find disturbing new evidence which raises further questions. Why is Rosie so desperate to recover her worthless viola? And what happened to the violin lost in the crash, worth over £2m?

When Rosie insists they return to the lake to relive the fatal incident, the truth about Rosie finally creeps up on Sam – but by now, she’s seriously out of her depth…

The second book in the Dr Samantha Willerby series, Lost in the Lake is a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat Psychological Thriller that will leave you glancing over your shoulder.




MY REVIEW

I am always wary about reading a book when it is number 2 or 3 etc. in a series, as I wonder if I would miss something going on in the background. Well I didn't have to worry about this book as it works great as a standalone novel.

I initially found the story a bit slow, but I could tell it was going to pick up as it was starting to hold my interest. I found the character of Sam, the Psychologist, as a very strong and caring person. She seemed very enthusiastic about helping Rosie.

Rosie was a very interesting character. She came across as vulnerable, but to me she also seemed quite unstable. For some reason as I was reading the book, there was just something about her that I didn't trust, and this was with me throughout the book. She had been in a serious road traffic accident, where the van had gone into the lake, and her "friends" were missing. However she seemed more interested in getting her lost viola back than to finding her friends, and her focus was more on the viola. She was hoping that Sam could tell her how or why the accident had happened as she couldn't remember. I still didn't trust her though and was very keen to see what it was about her that made me mistrust her so much.

The author managed to hold my interest throughout, despite the slow start. I kept coming up in my head with my own theories about why Rosie was like she was, only for the Author to take me in another direction and make me change my mind. It was the gaps in her memory that were making me think, could she really remember or was she lying. It really kept me guessing.

I didn't see the ending coming which is just what you would expect from a well written book. Yet another great read from AJ Waines. 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AJ Waines writes Psychological Thrillers. *Over 400,000* copies sold in 13 countries, worldwide

A Number One Bestselling Author - GIRL ON A TRAIN topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 & 2016

*A Kindle (KDP) TOP 10 'MOST-READ AUTHOR' in UK (2016)*

All her books can be read in any order:
The Evil Beneath, Girl on a Train, Dark Place to Hide, No Longer Safe, Inside the Whispers, (#1 in Sam Willerby series but also stands alone), Lost in the Lake, (#2 in series but also stands alone)

Find them all at: Amazon.co.uk orAmazon.com

Formerly a Psychotherapist for fifteen years, she has worked with ex-offenders from high-security institutions, giving her a rare insight into abnormal psychology. She is fascinated by secrets and lies, crimes of passion, devious motives and anything hidden under floorboards.

AJ lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband.


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Friday, 1 September 2017

The Silence by Katharine Johnson ~ Book Review

TITLE - The Silence

AUTHOR - Katharine Johnson. 

PAGES - 295

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SYNOPSIS

Doctor Abby Fenton has a rewarding career, a loving family, an enviable lifestyle - and a secret that could destroy everything. 

When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an idyllic Tuscan holiday home she is forced to confront the memories she has suppressed until now and relive the summer she spent at the villa in 1992. A summer that ended in tragedy. The nearer she gets to the truth the closer she comes to losing her sanity. 

In order to hold onto the people she loves most, she must make sure they never discover what she did. But the reappearance of someone else from that summer threatens to blow her secret wide open.

MY REVIEW 

I really struggled with this story in the beginning and found it slow going, but not one to give up on a book I persevered as I'd heard good things about it. Abby the main character from who's point of view the story is told, is sent to stay with family friends in their Tuscan Villa, which is not as glamorous as it sounds. What went on in that time is what remains a mystery and keeps you guessing.

The story moves between the past and present and at times I felt it a little disconcerting as I was just getting into the story and it moved to a different era.

I liked the young Abby and felt sorry for her at times. It was as if she was a burden to the family she was staying with in Tuscany, but then not really wanted at home. She really wanted to be liked by Phillipa, one of the Daughters, but Phillipa didn't come across as a very nice person at times unlike Mina the younger sister.  Abby seemed to struggle to fit in. 


In the present day, Abby has become a successful physician and has married James who is about to embark on a political career. She then reads that bodies have been discovered in the grounds of a villa in Tuscany and realises that things are about to change. She returns to Tuscany to piece together what happened in that time with some help from an old boyfriend. I found some of the story at this point a bit far fetched. 

This is a crime/mystery novel and there are a lot of elements to the mystery, but the story line just did not grip me.  It would not however, put me off reading anything else by this author as I did actually liked her style of writing and the way she adapted her characters, making you either love or hate them. The story line just left me wanting more. 

Not my favourite read of the year, but I am among the minority so read it and make your own mind up. 



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katharine Johnson grew up in Bristol and now divides her time between Berkshire and Lucca, Italy. After doing a History degree she trained to be a journalist and has worked for a variety of magazines, writing about everything including the kitchen sink. She's loved writing since childhood and wrote her first book aged nine. When not writing she can usually be found walking her spaniel, doing the school run, playing netball or playing house in a stately home where she is a room guide. 

Katharine loves to hear from readers so if you fancy a chat do get in touch!

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Saturday, 5 August 2017

Review - All Signs Point to Murder by #Connie di Marco ~ Book Tour

All Signs Point to Murder by Connie di Marco

All Signs Point to Murder

by Connie di Marco

on Tour July 23 - August 23, 2017

Synopsis:

All Signs Point to Murder by Connie di Marco
Rob Ramer was the perfect husband until he committed the ultimate family faux pas — he shot his sister-in-law to death. Believing himself under attack by an intruder in his home, he fired back. But when evidence is discovered that Rob’s wife, Brooke, was plotting his murder, Brooke is charged with conspiracy in her sister’s death. Geneva, a third sister, is desperate for answers and seeks the help of her friend, San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti. Geneva’s lost one sister and now it seems she’ll lose the other. Was this a murder plot or just a terrible accident? Julia vows to find the answer in the stars.

Book Details:

Genre: Mystery, Paranormal
Published by: Midnight Ink
Publication Date: August 2017
Number of Pages:336
ISBN: 0738751073 (ISBN13: 9780738751078)
Series: A Zodiac Mystery, 2 | Each is a Stand Alone Mystery
Purchase Links: Amazon  | Barnes & Noble  | IndieBound  | Goodreads 

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The building on Guerrero was a once proud Victorian with bow front windows. It had since been broken up into six small units and fallen into disrepair. I drove around the block several times before I managed to find a parking spot a few doors down. The shops on the main street were long closed and the streets deserted. I shivered and let the car heater run another minute to warm up before I left the comfort of my little metal box. There was something about this chore that made my stomach go into knots. Rummaging through a dead woman’s possessions was bad enough, but what if I found something that implicated Moira in a crime? Should I remove it and risk the police finding out?
I climbed out of the car, careful to lock it and approached the long stairway leading to the front door. The wind had died down and now fog danced around the streetlights. It was eerily quiet. No lights shone from any of the windows. I hoped all the residents were safely tucked up in their beds by now. I climbed the cracked granite stairs to the entrance. The weathered door stood ajar, listing slightly on its hinges. I grasped the handle and twisted it, but the lock mechanism was out of commission. Inside, a bare overhead light bulb hung from a chain. It cast a meager glow down the long corridor, cannibalized from a once grand entryway. The hallway smelled of dirty cat litter, moldy vegetables and cigarette smoke. I followed the corridor to the end, and stopped at the last door on the right.
I slipped the key into the lock. It offered no resistance. The door opened immediately. Had it not been locked? I caught a slight scuffling sound and cringed. I hoped no furry long-tailed creatures were waiting inside for me. I reached around the doorway and felt along the wall. My fingers hit the switch. A rusting chandelier with two bulbs missing illuminated the one large room that was both Moira’s living room and bedroom. I tested the key with the door open, locking and then unlocking it. Now I felt the resistance. The door had definitely been unlocked. I stepped inside and shut it behind me, making sure the lock was secure. Was it possible someone had been here before me and left without locking the door? Or had Moira simply been careless?
I had to make sure I was alone in the apartment. There were no hiding places in this sparsely furnished room. I checked under the bed just to be sure and opened the closet, terrified that someone or something might jump out at me. The closet was narrow, filled with a jumble of clothing, half on the floor. I walked into the kitchenette and spotted a doorway that led to the back stairs and the yard. I tested the handle on the door. Locked. I checked the space between the refrigerator and the wall, and then the shower stall in the bathroom. I was alone. I had been holding my breath and finally let it out in a great sigh.
I started with the drawers in the kitchen and checked the counter, looking for any notes with names or phone numbers. There was nothing. The kitchen was surprisingly clean, as if Moira had never used the room. Inside the refrigerator were a few condiments, a half-eaten unwrapped apple and a loaf of whole wheat bread. I quickly rummaged through the drawers and the freezer to make sure there were no bundles of cash disguised as frozen meat.
The main room housed a collection of hand-me-downs and broken furniture, ripped curtains and piles of clothing in various spots around the floor. Had she really lived like this? I heaved up the mattress, first on one side and then the other, making sure nothing was hidden between it and the box spring. Under the bed, I spotted only dust bunnies. I pulled open each of the bureau drawers, checked their contents and pulled them all the way out to make sure nothing was behind them. I opened a small drawer in the bedside stand. Amid a loose pile of clutter was a dark blue velvet box embossed with the letter “R” in cursive gold script. Could this be from Rochecault? I was fairly certain it was. Rochecault is an infamously expensive jeweler on Maiden Lane downtown. How could Moira have shopped there? Was this what Geneva had meant when she said her sister seemed to have a lot of money to spend?
I opened the box and gasped. An amazing bracelet heavy with blue stones in varying colors rested inside. The setting had the slightly matte industrial sheen of platinum. Moira couldn’t possibly have afforded this. Shoving the box into a side pocket of my purse, I decided I was definitely not leaving this for the police to find, and slid the drawer shut.
I scanned the room. Moira hadn’t been much of a housekeeper and it didn’t appear as if there were many hiding spots. I headed for the desk, a rickety affair with two drawers and a monitor on top. I clicked on the hard drive and waited a moment. The monitor came to life and asked for a password. It would take someone much more talented than I to unearth its secrets. Under a jumble of papers and unopened bills, my eye caught a small black notebook. This looked promising. Perhaps it was an address book that would give us all of Moira’s contacts. I dropped my purse on the floor and reached for the book. A searing pain shot through my skull. Blinded, I fell to the floor.
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Excerpt from All Signs Point to Murder by Connie di Marco. Copyright © 2017 by Connie di Marco. Reproduced with permission from Connie di Marco. All rights reserved.

MY REVIEW 

Well they say you should never judge a book by it's cover and this is one time I think this is so true! I imagined this book would be a murder mystery with a comedy element to it. Well nothing could be further from the truth. 

After the accidental shooting of her Friends Sister, Julia Bonatti vows to help her Friend Geneva find out the truth as to exactly what happened and why. Julia puts herself into all sorts of dangerous situations. I loved her character! She was feisty, brave and a good person, all rolled into one. She was a loyal Friend and determined to get to the bottom of what had gone on.

The plot to this book is very intricate and very well plotted out. It really is a good story line. There's a suspect behind every corner. First you think it's one person and then it's someone else. It has many twists and turns throughout. 

The only part I wasn't very keen on was the astrological part of the book, where Julia see's "Signs" in people based on their dates and places of birth. Some may enjoy this, but I felt it could have been left out and the story would have been equally as good.

Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I thought the characters were all very descriptive and well written. Reading on my kindle, the answer to all the questions you had about what happened came at about 96% into the book, so you really were left guessing right to the end. 

A definitive must buy, which you will struggle to put down. 

Author Bio:

Connie di Marco
Connie di Marco is the author of the Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink, featuring San Francisco astrologer, Julia Bonatti. The first in the series, The Madness of Mercury, was released in June 2016 and the second, All Signs Point to Murder, available for pre-order now, will be released on August 8, 2017.
Writing as Connie Archer, she is also the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime. Some of her favorite recipes can be found in The Cozy Cookbook and The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Connie is a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Cover Reveal ~ Christmas at the Dancing Duck by Daisy James ~ A Festive Romantic Read


Who doesn't love a cosy Christmas read? I have to admit I am a bit addicted to them, and try and read them all. They are a great read when it's cold outside and you want a nice "feel good" read, snuggled up on your sofa. 

Today I'm sharing the cover Reveal for one of those lovely reads! A wonderfully festive romantic read to curl up with this Christmas.

TITLE - Christmas at the Dancing Duck

AUTHOR - Daisy James

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SYNOPSIS 

The most wonderful time of the year!

Kirstie Harrison is finally coming home for the holidays. Ever since tragedy struck a few years ago, Christmas hasn’t felt the same – but she’s determined that this year will be different…

And staying at the family pub, The Dancing Duck, means it’s impossible not to get caught up in the little village of Cranbury’s festive traditions. And it’s equally impossible to avoid her ex, Josh Turner!


Kirstie is torn between making this the best Christmas yet and knowing that she can’t stay forever. Maybe it’s time to make a holiday wish of her own…?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Daisy James is a Yorkshire girl transplanted to the north east of England. She loves writing stories with strong heroines and swift-flowing plotlines. When not scribbling away in her peppermint-and-green summerhouse (garden shed), she spends her time sifting flour and sprinkling sugar and edible glitter. She loves gossiping with friends over a glass of something pink and fizzy or indulging in a spot of afternoon tea – china plates and teacups are a must.

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Saturday, 29 July 2017

The Other Twin by L V Hay ~ Book Review ~ Debut crime novel ~ #OrendaBooks


TITLE - The Other Twin 

AUTHOR - Lucy V Hay

PUBLISHER - Orenda Books

ISBN: 978-1-910633-78-6

EISBN: 978-1-910633-79-3

SYNOPSIS

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 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…

'Superb, up-to-the-minute thriller and an amazing crime debut. Prepare to be seriously disturbed'
Paul Finch


MY REVIEW 

Sisters India and Poppy are not close anymore, but when Poppy hears that her Sister has committed suicide, she doesn't quite believe it, so heads home to Brighton to find out for herself what has gone on. She meets up again with her Ex- Boyfriend Matthew and his Sister Ana. What are they hiding? There are many people who seem to have secrets.

I didn't really warm to Poppy much and I think this is why I found the story slow. I didn't feel she had much depth to her and wanted her to have a bit more of a personality. I would have liked to have learnt a bit more about India and her life, but instead felt it centred more around Poppy and her relationship with Matthew, that is until the last part of the book.


I did enjoy the way the Author brought the use of Social Media into the story and also how she delicately handled the theme of LGBT and bullying. I found that part hard but gripping to read. 

The book picked up for me about 2/3rds of the way through, when Poppy started piecing things together and then the story held my interest. It was intriguing to see how it was splitting both Poppy and India's family and Matthew's family apart. Secrets destroying so many relationships. 

I am still confused though as to what actually happened to India, as it seems so many other readers "got it", but it didn't sink in with me. 

Brighton was a great setting for the theme of the book, and having never been there and only seen pictures of it, the Author managed to bring the town alive for me.

Not my favourite book of the year but I certainly wouldn't discount it from your list of books to read. 

Thank you to Anne Cater and Orenda Books for allowing me to read the book in exchange for my honest opinion.   

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.

Praise for The Other Twin

‘If your sister died under suspicious circumstances, how far would you go to uncover the
truth? The Other Twin crackles with tension as Poppy's search for answers leads only to
more questions, her grief palpable and real as she learns her sister India's deepest
secrets. Hays' impressive debut is a complex, twisty, disorienting tale that truly keeps
readers guessing until the very end’
Karen Dionne


‘A cracker of a debut! I couldn’t put it down’
Paula Daly

‘The writing shines from every page of this twisted tale … debuts don’t come sharper
than this’ Ruth Dugdall

‘This chilling claustrophobic tale set in Brighton introduces an original, fresh new voice in
crime fiction’ Cal Moriarty

‘Wonderfully layered and gripping, I had to take breaks just to catch my breath’
Jendella Benson

"A fresh and raw thrill-ride through Brighton´s underbelly. What an enjoyable read!"
Lilja Sigurðardóttir

Slick and compulsive’ Random Things through My Letterbox

‘A propulsive, inventive and purely addictive psychological thriller for the social media
age’ Crime by the Book

‘Delightfully disorientating’ Chapter in My Life

‘This will stay with me forever’ Emma the Little Bookworm

‘A whirlwind of secrets and emotional turmoil’ Cheryl M-M

‘Rolls along at a heart-pounding pace!’ Ronnie Turner

‘A contemporary thriller with a heart of darkness … terrific’ Live & Deadly

‘Blinding, surprising and simply magnificent’ Chocolate ‘n’ Waffles