I am delighted to be on the blog tour for this excellent novel from Orenda Books. It’s so easy to like an Orenda Book, I feel genuinely proud to be able to blog about their distinctive output.
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...
This book is heartbreaking. You don’t think it’s going to be because you are caught up in the storyline which is both tense and thrilling, but when the truth is revealed, it just breaks your heart.
Set in Brighton with all the lovely contrasts the offers, The Other Twin is a brilliantly written, complex thriller that I just did not want to put down.
Poppy is on a mission to find out what happened to her sister, India who fell to her death from a bridge on the Brighton to London railway line.
Did she kill herself, or was there more to it than that?
Returning to her old home and haunting grounds brings Poppy back into contact with her old boyfriend and lover, Matthew who comes from a well off family in the chic part of Brighton and now runs a trendy coffee bar in the Lanes.
Through her sister’s blog, Poppy finds that India was in contact with a range of people through social media and that some of her status updates offered a glimpse into the life she had been leading.
When Poppy reconnects with Matthew and his family, and meets India’s friend, Jenny, she has no idea what she is getting herself into until it is almost too late.
Beautifully written and hugely layered, this storyline slowly peels back like an onion until the core of the story is revealed and the tears can finally be shed.
What I really enjoyed was that the tension ramped up through the book, with many revelations, twists and turns and yet I did not quite understand until late on in the book where it had all been leading. Then it all made perfect sense.
Dealing with relevant, contemporary issues and highlighting the way in which social media can be used both to reach out and to accuse and blame, Lucy Hay has created a contemporary thriller with a heart of darkness.
A terrific read – go buy it now!
The Other Twin was published by Orenda Books on 3 July 2017
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.