Review published on August 13, 2017.
The Other Twin is one of those books that I kept seeing everywhere and everybody was raving about it. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy and I’m pleased to say that for the most part it totally lived up to expectations.
Poppy is the main character. She returns to Brighton when her younger sister, India, throws herself in front of a train. From that moment, we are slowly fed information about why Poppy left Brighton and why she stayed away so long. I liked how the story unfolded gradually as it really kept the tension alive.
There are sections that are not about Poppy and they’re very vague, for the obvious reason that it keeps the reader guessing. My one criticism about the book is that these sections felt quite disjointed and I felt they could have done with being more fully integrated into the story a bit earlier so that I could work out where they fitted in. But it’s only a minor issue and one which in no way affected my reading of this intense and polished book.
At only 250 pages this is a short read and yet it was a thriller that was crammed with twists and turns. Poppy wants to find out what really happened to India as she doesn’t believe she would jump to her death. Poppy’s old boyfriend, Matthew, is a big part of the story, but how well does Poppy really know him? I veered between liking him and being suspicious of him – the author did a good job of keeping me guessing where he was concerned.
The Other Twin is very current and very relevant to the social media age, with blogs and Facebook playing their parts. Short chapters kept me racing through, thinking that I would read just another one and then another one and so on.
I very much enjoyed this dark and unsettling psychological thriller. For a debut, it’s so accomplished and I just know that Hay is going to write some more brilliant thrillers in the future.
Nicola Smith 4/4
The Other Twin by L.V. Hay
Orenda Books 9781910633786 pbk Jul 2017
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