#BlogTour ~Review ~ The Other Twin by L V Hay @LucyVHayAuthor @OrendaBooks

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 …

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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.




My Review

Now it’s been a while since I have enthused about a book to the degree that seems relevant for The Other Twin. I could simply say the entire story is freakin’ awesome and leave it there but that would be an injustice to an incredibly well crafted tale.

Lucy has written a novel that will lure you in and keep you guessing until the end, there are so many angles to trace that I found it impossible to reach a conclusion and the end when you finally reach it blew me away.

Poppy gets a call (after many missed calls, texts etc) from her mother who simply says it’s your sister. India is the younger sister of Poppy, the two haven’t kept in touch too much since Poppy moved away and now she gets the news India is dead, she has fallen from a bridge, suicide?

While that is the consensus of opinion Poppy dismisses it as crap .. India wouldn’t take her own life, so Poppy embarks on a trail of discovery to prove it.

This journey includes gaining access to India’s laptop, finding her blog and trying to decipher the cryptic messages and users. There appears to be a whole side of India that Poppy and the family have no clue about. 

Set in the dark, edgy side of Brighton the location gives the perfect backdrop for the LGBT influences. I know the area well and Lucy really gets under the skin of the atmosphere. I could read it and instinctively picture where she was describing.

The crushing truths that are uncovered amongst the families involved, so many secrets that threaten to destroy lives is intense. This explores how far a person will really go to protect another. If you want dysfunctional family circumstances then this book has it in spades!

I am fascinated by the twin aspect and at first I couldn’t make a connection with the information available but as time goes on all becomes clear. The immediacy of the social media action makes it feel as though the story is evolving ‘real-time’ and is another genius addition to the writing. 

While there are mentions throughout of ‘suicide’ and LGBT I don’t think I need to raise any *trigger* warnings because it is an integral part of the story and in no way explicit.

There are so many elements to The Other Twin but I don’t want to spoil the enjoyment or sense of realisation for anyone .. all I will say is get a copy today and find out for yourself you really won’t regret it! Packed full of tension, emotion, diversity it is like a breath of fresh air and it’s fair to say the complexity of this book will haunt me for quite some time. Absolutely stunning!

Yet again Orenda have given me something new and exciting and I thank them and Lucy for my copy which I reviewed voluntarily. I cannot wait to see what comes next from this author. 


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2 thoughts on “#BlogTour ~Review ~ The Other Twin by L V Hay @LucyVHayAuthor @OrendaBooks

  1. I love it when I know the settings & can picture myself in the scene (hence my love of Tana French’s crime novels set in Dublin).
    Thanks Ali, you’ve won me over & this is now on my ‘buy-for-myself-for-my-birthday’ list!

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