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…
What does TWG think?
In all honesty, it’s safe to say that I am sitting on the fence where ‘The Other Twin’ is concerned. For most part of this storyline, I was flabbergasted that it was the authors debut novel, as the intense level of complexity stunned me beyond belief. To be able to show such fine tuned roller coaster moments in a debut novel, really is something to be proud of. I have read many debut novels by various authors in my time, so to read a novel with such promise, truly was a breath of fresh air.
Whilst I loved all of the roller coaster moments, and the ‘dun dun dun’ situations, I couldn’t help feeling a little put out. The storyline is centred around Poppy’s sister, India, India’s sudden death and the harsh reality of social media. What’s not to like, right? We all like to get to the bottom of a sudden death in genres just like this one, where we are able to play detective and try to solve the mystery before the book ends. However, I found myself questioning every single thing, and whilst the storyline was full to the brim of information, I still felt put out by the lack of answers.
‘The Other Twin’ has plenty of chilling and hair-raising moments where India’s death is concerned, I’m not going to lie. Whether I would class this book as a psychological thriller or not, that’s what I am on the fence about.
L.V.Hay has made sure that the storyline stays modern due to the themes that the characters come face to face with – fantastic. I think that just because social media is widely used, people may assume that it doesn’t come with its own problems. It does, and for me, the author has brought those red flag moments into the spotlight, whilst showing readers exactly what could happen if vigilance wasn’t your main thought when it comes to social media.
As I said at the beginning, L.V.Hay clearly knows her stuff when it comes to writing high intense moments. The author also clearly knows her stuff when it comes to making you look over your shoulder.
Overall, I felt that L.V.Hay has written such an addictive and intense debut novel. ‘The Other Twin’, for me, showed that the author has such promise and dedication to the genre, which makes me extremely excited to see what the author comes up with next.
Thanks Orenda Books.