The Other Twin

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 31 Oct 2017

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This book was timely and engaging. If you want a novel that grabs you and entertains you while you’re tearing through the plot then this is the one.
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Wow. This was a very twisted book. Never really saw the end coming. Keeps you interested and on your toes. Riviting.
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This was a strange novel.  I did not like it but I did not dislike it.  I read to its conclusion, so I suppose there is that.   It was an easy read, and the characters were ok.  The family dynamics are good.  The end is good.   I suppose its a good read if you have nothing else to read.
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A story of twists and turns that made me want more. Poppy has her adventures of finding the truth but does she? I found myself wanting to be there helping Poppy.
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An engrossing and riveting read for anyone who loves their books on the dark and deliciously devious side. Perfect for reading at the beach or curling up binge reading in a weekend. I recommend this book to anyone who loves a wickedly twisty mystery!
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It had me intrigued from the get go but by the end I felt a little confused. I kept waiting for the AHA! moment and when it finally got there I was a little disappointed because it felt like a far reach.
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The cover was what really drew me into wanting to read this book. I liked it but I wasn't blown away with it. I think I was hoping it would be more adult than YA-Teen. I found myself thinking that the main character Poppy was very immature for her age and some of the things she did showed this. For the most part this novel the story flowed well expect for a few parts where I struggled to stay reading. I did like how it touched on a few of today's topics that kids are dealing with - suicide, depression and the LGBTQ community. Using blog posts and comments online to trace India's final days alive, who she was with and what must have been going through her mind. The characters in this story were well developed and had you trying to figure out who has what secrets and what really did happen to India.  

I feel I should give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars as I don't think I would read it again but I would recommend it to others to read. 

~*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*~
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After finishing this novel, I understand all the high ratings. This novel sucks you right in. Poppy receives news that her younger sister has committed suicide. Poppy cannot accept this and embarks on a journey to disprove her suicide. I loved how the plot and and characters were so interconnected. Hay definitely touches on some heavy material but also keeps the reader extremely entertained with her novel's twisty secrets.
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2.5 stars..
The author clearly wanted the story to be relevant and edgy and it was in both plot and characters. I'm not sure if I was supposed to care about the characters or not but I didn't. Half the book they were shrouded mysteriously, possibly to make room for a big plot reveal involving the presentation of a character, but it fell terribly flat. I didn't know enough about any of the characters to think anything about them at all. I will say the ending wasn't predictable but wasn't believable or even interesting. I think by the time I got to the end, I was just glad I was almost done. 

I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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3.5 stars.
I won't lie, I asked for this based off the cover...but hey, it worked out. Poppy hasn't been home in years.  She left and she had zero plans of going back.  Until she wakes up from a one night stand and finds her mother is frantically trying to reach her.  India her sister has fallen from a bridge in what looks like a suicide, but Poppy knows better.  She heads home and starts to unravel all the things that she was too close to before to see now.  Was it murder?  Was it suicide?  Was it an accident? India left behind some rather cryptic puzzle pieces to fit together but can Poppy figure it out?
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An engaging story that follows a young woman's grief fill return home. 
Poppy left home years ago. Chasing a dream while leaving behind those she loved and cared about, some that would cost her that love forever. When she receives a call from her mother she expects the worst, but never did she think the call would be about her sister. 

Upon returning home Poppy can't accept the official ruling on India's death. What they are telling her doesn't add up to who her sister was, no matter that they haven't been close in years. Poppy decides to look into India's death herself. What she discovers along the way shakes her trust in the people that she used to care about and whom she thought she new best. 

A story full of twists, secrets and reveals that will have you guessing right up until the end.
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A contemporary thriller that exposes the dangers of social media, although sometimes a little heavy-handed. I found the characters a bit one-dimensional but the story was compelling overall.
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Poppy hasn't been in Brighton in years, but wakes up to find her mother frantically trying to call her. Poppy's twin sister has jumped to her death from a bridge - or has she.

While this has potential to be a fast paced and exciting thriller, it fell flat for me. Poppy wasn't that likable. This was a current novel with internet seaching and stalking and whatever, it just....wasn't there for me. Maybe this was for a younger  - new adult reader?

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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This is a copy of what I wrote on Goodreads:

I received a free copy of this via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I didn't expect to get as drawn into this book as quickly as I did. I actually read it over the course of a day.  The story was so intriguing, fast paced, and I really just wanted to know what the hell was going on.  What a tangled web we weave.... I was literally second and third guessing myself throughout this novel. 

I always enjoy when authors incorporate various forms of social media into their books. For me, it just gives me a bit of a break but in this case, it also gave me further insight into India's character. I loved that her "fairytales" from her Blog were key clues and it was fun to play along and figure out which characters were represented in each fairytale.  Matthew's character constantly kept me guessing. He was a complicated character to figure out. 

Towards the end though, I got a bit overwhelmed with what I personally considered to be too many plot lines trying to come together. Believe me, I appreciated the knowledge but I think it could have been covered either in a second novel or could have been paced a bit better. It just seemed that all these things happened in the last 40 pages or so. It felt rushed which was my reasoning for the 4 star rating.

Overall though, it was a great debut book by L.V. Hay and I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
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*I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

4 stars! Its hard to believe this a debut novel as it is so well written and paced perfectly. 

Poppy is notified by her mother that her sister India has died. After she returns home she begins to question the reason behind her sisters death. 

It seems like its been awhile since I've read a book and fully enjoyed the ending. The reveal was perfect, I never saw it coming, I wasn't even close. I felt the outcome was handled very carefully.

Poppy was my favorite character and I enjoyed the interactions between her and Matthew. It was interesting to read about how he was before from her perspective. India however, I did not feel that connected too. 

Would I read another book by this author? Yes! Very excited to see what else L.V. Hay has for us.
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Thank you to NetGalley and Orenda for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.


Poppy is in London when she gets that call that India, her sister has killed herself at the train station. Immediately Poppy returns home and tries to understand what happened. The only thing she is sure of is that India didn't kill herself.


So she falls back into her own life and tries to figure out what was going on in India's life, and the more she starts to unravel the more she begins to realize that she had no idea what was going with her sister. Then she runs into her old boyfriend Matt and she is drawn back to him. 


The deeper she digs the more she finds out and soon it is a race against time to uncover the truth before they catch up to her. 


I didn't know what to expect with this one. It is mostly told from Poppy's point of view, with some chapters told from a mysterious man's point of view. As things start to unfold you find out just how deadly family secrets are, and how you can really not know people you have known all your life. 


I was drawn in and interested from the start, I have read darker books and books with more twists, but I really enjoyed this one, although I was kind of sad about the way the relationship played out. However, kudos to Poppy for making the hard choices in the end. This was a great way to spend a cold afternoon!
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This was definitely more of an emotional gut punch than I was expecting for what was supposed to be a standard mystery / psychological thriller.

Hay did a great job with fleshing out the family dynamics that were full of drama, heartache and also love. At times it felt a little disorienting but that was more because of the world the characters found themselves embroiled in and the type of people they were than the author’s writing; it was very different from my own that’s for sure. Adding in blog posts and social media relevancy helped make how the story played out a little more realistic considering the age we live in.

It was a little hard to find a character that was redemptive enough I could care about. I felt for Poppy and her parents as they had just lost their sister / daughter but Poppy is extremely self-destructive and her parents have a multitude of problems so at times I felt myself getting irritated with them simply because I was tired of the choices they were making and the consequences that played out as a result. Essentially this entire story only occurred because of their horrific, self-serving choices. In all there was only two people I could feel any true sympathy for and care about; one of them died at the beginning which prompted this story and the other I didn’t begin to care about until the very end when I realized their full backstory.

Hay really likes her sex scenes too because there was a point I thought I was reading one of those steamy x-rated romance novels.

I also felt Hay did a good job of exploring the LGBTQ community within her story and showcasing a plight that far too many ignore or create. The ‘character’ of their people was probably the part of the book I could connect to the most which helped me want to keep reading and by the end I was very glad I did because how it gets wrapped up certainly pulled at the heartstrings.

If dark, complex, twisty, thought-provoking psychological thrillers are your thing you should give this a shot.
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Interesting and topical psychological thriller that melds social media and issues in the LGBTQIA community.  I liked the Brighton setting (even if I periodically had to google words and areas).  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC- this is a good, tangled read that's hard to review without spoilers but you will like it if you enjoy stories where someone seeks the truth.
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When Poppy's sister India falls to her death from a bridge over a railway, Poppy heads back home to try to find out what happened.  She doesn't believe that India killed herself, and she is determined to get answers.
This book is so fast paced you could get whiplash from trying to keep up.  There is not a dull moment, and the ending will catch you by surprise.  I recommend this to anyone who loves a good thriller.
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This may not have been the best fit for me, but it wasn't horrible. I had to push myself to finish this one as the characters and the story pace didn't click for me. The main character, Poppy, was not a likable character in my opinion so that is more than likely why I couldn't fully get into this one. 2.5 stars
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