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 …
Unlike most readers it took me a while to get into this book..
I loved the cover and this is mainly what drew me to it. The Other Twin has some fabulous characters, Poppy gets a phone call to say her sister India is dead. The Police tell Poppy it was a suicide but Poppy is not convinced so she starts to look at the facts herself.
A plot that involves India’s online activity is very of the moment, and what proceeds is a very fast paced thriller.
There are aspects of this book that I didn’t like, but that’s just me. I really dislike stories that don’t feel like escapism, and this is one such book. While it is a good tale, the ‘real’ life of India, with it’s very topical presence didn’t really appeal.
It’s very dark, and shows the seedy side of it’s setting in Brighton. The ruination of families with the uncovering of certain secrets kept me reading to the end.
Lucy Hay is a good writer and the flow of this book was quite addictive. I really want to see what she has up her sleeve next, but this book wasn’t for me unfortunately.