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July 2017 Debut of the Month.
Slickly suspenseful Brighton-set thriller in which the darkest recesses of human nature and social media are exposed following a young woman’s death. This dynamic debut tingles with tantalising twists, distrust and long-buried secrets.
Out of the blue, Poppy gets a call from her mum telling her that her younger sister, India, has died after falling from a bridge over a railway line. Poppy left her Brighton hometown on bad terms with her family some years ago, but now she’s back, and she definitely doesn’t buy the view that India committed suicide. She needs to know what really happened to her little sister, and her investigation drags her into complex web of unraveling secrets and shifting identities. First there’s India’s intriguing fairytale-themed blog posts, which offer teasing insights into her sister’s life, and the trail soon leads her to question pretty much everyone, from the local would-be celeb playboy, to the boyfriend she left behind, and even her closest family. Taut, tense, and twisty in the extreme, the super-smart plot careers and spirals at breakneck speed. ~ Joanne Owen
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 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 ...
Closing date: 28/01/2019
In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.
‘Sharp, confident writing, as dark and twisty as the Brighton Lanes’ Peter James
‘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
'Superb, up-to-the-minute thriller and an amazing crime debut. Prepare to be seriously disturbed' Paul Finch
‘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
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Publisher: Orenda Books
|Publication date:||3rd July 2017|
|Author:||L. V. Hay|
|Genres:||Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Thriller / suspense, Romance, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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.More About L. V. Hay