The Other Twin

The Other Twin

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...

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Title:The Other Twin
Author:L.V. Hay
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The Other Twin Reviews

  • Amy

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    Oohhh The Other Twin was such an engrossing read, if you’re ever in the mood for a book that you can binge read in a weekend, this is it. It’s pacey, intricately plotted and really well written.

    Poppy returns home to Brighton for the first time in almost five years after her sister India dies. Even though the two were not on the best of terms, she just knows there is something off about India’s death and she starts to dig into her life, mainly

    All of my reviews can be found on

    Oohhh The Other Twin was such an engrossing read, if you’re ever in the mood for a book that you can binge read in a weekend, this is it. It’s pacey, intricately plotted and really well written.

    Poppy returns home to Brighton for the first time in almost five years after her sister India dies. Even though the two were not on the best of terms, she just knows there is something off about India’s death and she starts to dig into her life, mainly her online presence. As it’s such a well plotted and complicated book, I fear discussing specific details will only spoil it. It’s on the shorter side and still manages to pack a mighty punch as Hay delivers on every level. Her writing is strong and sharp, the characterization is full of depth and substance and there is a sense of uneasiness throughout the text.

    Hay tackles some relevant social issues in such a sensitive and delicate manner, I was so impressed by the turns this one took. It’s extremely diverse but not just for the sake of being diverse, it only adds to the superb quality of the plot and makes the reader think in a profound way. She also examines the use of social media and how it effects people in both a positive and a negative way, I really appreciated this as most of the books I’ve read recently highlight the ugly side of social media without giving any credit to the great support it can lend to so many people, it was such an intelligent point.

    I’ve never read an Orenda book and not been able to highly recommend it to others and this is no exception. It’s an excellent psychological thriller from an extremely talented writer with a storyline that had me holding my breath, what more could you want?!

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    If I had to describe this book with a single word it would be relevant. I found

    to be one of the most timely fictional stories I have read in 2017 due to a plethora of reasons. Somehow I was unaware that this was Lucy’s debut novel, and once I discovered that little tidbit I was blown away by the quality and complexity woven into the narrative; Hay writes like a season professional and I think this book is perfect for any reader; the more seasoned reader will find pleasure in the

    If I had to describe this book with a single word it would be relevant. I found

    to be one of the most timely fictional stories I have read in 2017 due to a plethora of reasons. Somehow I was unaware that this was Lucy’s debut novel, and once I discovered that little tidbit I was blown away by the quality and complexity woven into the narrative; Hay writes like a season professional and I think this book is perfect for any reader; the more seasoned reader will find pleasure in the precision laid plot with its many twists and turns while the younger reader will be drawn to it’s discussion of relevant issues and genre bending ways. No matter your age, gender, race, or sexuality, this book has something for everyone all wrapped in a 300 page binding.

    Without spoiling the plot, there is much discussion involving the LGBT community and the current struggles they face as a buzz worthy minority. I found myself completely drawn in by the way Hay mingled the urgent suspense of a psychological thriller with the deep emotion of a domestic drama; this was a heavily character driven book but it was never slow or boring in pacing and intrigue. Lately I’ve been pondering if I need to switch up my genres a bit to stave off burnout;

    was the perfect balance I needed to capture my attention and spice my reading habits up a bit. If you enjoy family sagas filled with suspense and diversity, you’ll want to pick up this book featuring empathetic characters who are relatable and sustainable. The kindle version is currently available and the paperback will be available from Orenda Books November 1st, 2017!

  • Miriam Smith

    "The Other Twin" is a superbly crafted contemporary and modern book by debut author L V Hay and I'm astounded by the quality of the excellent and faultless writing for a first time novel. I was drawn into this story straight away and it held my attention throughout.

    Poppy receives a phone call to say her sister India has died after falling from a railway bridge. She returns to her home town of Brighton after many years and unconvinced with official explanations she starts her own investigations i

    "The Other Twin" is a superbly crafted contemporary and modern book by debut author L V Hay and I'm astounded by the quality of the excellent and faultless writing for a first time novel. I was drawn into this story straight away and it held my attention throughout.

    Poppy receives a phone call to say her sister India has died after falling from a railway bridge. She returns to her home town of Brighton after many years and unconvinced with official explanations she starts her own investigations into India's death. But is it safe to uncover long buried secrets and will her estranged family and friends still be the same? Could her ex boyfriend Matthew be involved and what will Poppy find in India's personal online blog?

    I found the whole plot line very interesting and entertaining, there's also a dark and disturbing storyline running simultaneously to India's death - at times this had me a little confused as to what was going on - but by the end this all came together seamlessly and you comprehend exactly what it all meant.

    "The Other Twin" is a very character driven novel - I'm not sure I liked Poppy but that's just my opinion - and is set in the very vibrant town of Brighton and the LGBT community. There's a very sensitive issue at the heart of this book and can imagine a lot of younger readers will enjoy this story too. I didn't see the end coming and was quite pleased as to how it turned out. I also liked the use of social media in the story - which is ever present these days in our lives - and this definitely gave the book a more realistic and up to the minute atmosphere.

    This book to me was less of a psychological thriller and more of a family style saga with twists and turns but I still really enjoyed it and would happily read more by this author in the future, she's talented, very polished in her writing and has a very clear and modern imagination.

    4 stars.

  • Carrie

    Poppy hasn't been home to Brighton in years but after awakening from yet another one night stand she just can't quite remember she finds her mother has been frantically trying to call her. Fearing the worse Poppy is a bit afraid to actually pick up the phone and find out just what is going on and when she takes that step her worse fears are realized. Poppy's sister India has fallen to her death from a bridge over a railway looking like a suicide but that just doesn't sit well with Poppy and she'

    Poppy hasn't been home to Brighton in years but after awakening from yet another one night stand she just can't quite remember she finds her mother has been frantically trying to call her. Fearing the worse Poppy is a bit afraid to actually pick up the phone and find out just what is going on and when she takes that step her worse fears are realized. Poppy's sister India has fallen to her death from a bridge over a railway looking like a suicide but that just doesn't sit well with Poppy and she's determined to find out the truth.

    Poppy finds herself returning to the life she had thought she'd left behind years before but determined to get to the truth of just what had happened to India. Digging into India's life Poppy is led to a mysterious girl named Jenny after hacking into India's laptop and finds herself caught up by Matthew Temple, the boyfriend she abandoned. So many secrets to be uncovered but the deeper she digs the more questions she's left with and doesn't know who to trust.

    The Other Twin by L.V. Hay is one of those books that was possibly just not for me as others seem to really enjoy this one but it didn't take me long to decide that I didn't. I wanted it to pick up and drag me into the story but after a rough start to this one I never really found a rhythm and began to enjoy the characters or book at all.

    Poppy was a character that starts off dragging herself out the funk of a night she can't remember and immediately I hesitated on liking her but thought possibly she could be one of those characters that grows and learns and makes one come to love her, unfortunately that didn't happen. There were actions later in the book that still had me disliking her and that brought down the whole book for me. I just found it a bit slow pace and tedious from the get go with never really getting too invested. This one just turned out to not be my cup of tea but plenty of other readers are enjoying it.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Kendall

    DNF. I thought I would love this since it's an Orenda book. Couldn't do it... nor am I going to waste anymore of my time since there are sooo many other books to read!

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