Today is my stop on the Blog-Tour for The Other Twin by Lucy V. Hay. I’ve tried really hard to not let any major spoilers slip into my review of The Other Twin, mainly because it would give the whole damn plot away. However I would like to say kudos to the author for the Jenny storyline. It was done in a sensitive and yet very realistic way.
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.
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 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…
The Other Twin is a psychological thriller meets sensuous mystery combined with important social constructs of our era. Hay invites the reader along on a breadcrumb trail of clues and red herrings. Nothing is what it seems and everyone is hiding their own version of the truth.
Poppy returns home after the death of her sister India. Everyone says it was a suicide but Poppy knows that something isn’t quite right. She starts digging into the details of her sister’s death and starts uncovering quite a few things she wasn’t expecting.
Her return isn’t without complications though, she is plagued by feelings of guilt because she chose to walk away from her lover and her family. A lot of people haven’t forgiven Poppy for walking away away from her boyfriend Matthew.
I think the discovery of who Jenny really is and her connection to Poppy is one of the more subtle and yet poignant sub-plots in this story. Her identity wasn’t a surprise, however the storyline woven around the topic was. I really enjoyed the way Hay approached the difficulty and controversy of it without letting it overpower the crime element of the story.
The Other Twin is a whirlwind of secrets and emotional turmoil. Hay takes the reader on a ‘Behind the Keyhole’ tour of picture perfect families and a lifetime of lies. Of course even picture perfect families have dark secrets, abusive family members and closets full of skeletons.
It’s an invigorating read and one with plenty of surprises lurking in the shadows.