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We All Have Our Secrets

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On the whole, an enjoyable quick- paced read. I enjoyed the flashback narrative and how the storyline was told through different perspectives.
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This book by the publisher to read and review. 
The prologue starts with a coroners something up so you know that someone has died and you know the coroner is making reference to the fact that family members.are quite often implicated in open verdicts
The main action takes place in Cornwall when an elderly widowed man who has advertised for a carer has a young French woman turn up on his doorstep and take that role.  
Meanwhile  we are introduced to his daughter who is a midwife in London and ifaciing a disciplinary review s at work and decides to come home to Cornwall to stay with her father. to reset .
What  follows is a power-play between both women intersected with memories of the old gent and World War II.
It’s not exactly a thriller but it definitely is a who done it! A easy read as is a real page turner .
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When Emily Gentle, a midwife is suspended pending an investigation into her negligence after a birth goes wrong, she decides to go home to her elderly father who lives in Cornwall. On arrival she gets a shock. Her father now has a French carer, Francoise. Emily does not trust her a bit after little incidents. The two women vie for attention from Emily's dad and what is Francoise's past as we have flashback chapters to the second world war in France. A very intriguing & suspenseful story, covering past and present you get to discover secrets from both Emily and francoise.
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What a fantastic read. Emily is single and works as a midwife but after something happens at work she goes back home to stay with her aging father where she discovers he has hired a carer to help him .All is not as it seems and there are lots of secrets and twists that come to light in the story and the writing for the characters is really good and it really draws you in. I really recommend this book a 5⭐read
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My thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Uk for a copy of “ We All  Have our  Secrets “ for an honest review.

I always know I’m going to get a well written, suspenseful, and enjoyable  read from Jane Corry but I found her latest impossible to put down ! Throughout the book I was constantly torn between Francoise and Emily to who I suspected and I found them  both believable  and well rounded characters 
I can’t recommend this book highly enough and I can’t wait for her next.
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Thanks to Netgalley et all for the chance to read this book.  I am a big fan of Jane's work and was looking forward to reading this new novel.  As always there is a lot going on in the book, all of which grab your attention and keep you invested in the story.  I found some of the storyline to be a bit dragged out and slightly confusing at times.  It is a good book and I look forward to the next book already!
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Wonderful story again from jane corry a daughter has a sister she never knew about a dad has a daughter he knew nothing of , as the dad gets ill both daughters try and win his approval and affection .Enthralling throughout one of her best yet i think .
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Amy doesn't trust Francoise - Really enjoyed this story about Amy and her relationship with her father (who I did not like one bit).  She has a break from hospital work pending an investigation and returns home  to find her Dad has a new carer  Francoise .  There are lots of twists and turns and the tale is very  cleverly written as it portrays each character in depth and their relationships with each other.  Totally  unexpected but great ending for me.
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After Emily, a midwife, gets in trouble at work, she goes home to see her elderly father who has dementia only to find that his carer, Francoise, has moved in. Who is she and why is she there? Is she exploiting Emily's father? Both women have a secret and this was a page turner finding out what they were!
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Jane Corry We All Have Our Secrets Penguin 2022

Thank you NetGalley and Penguin for this uncorrected proof in exchange for an honest review.

Jane Corry dares to end her often complex, character driven novels with satisfyingly pleasant endings.  To accomplish this in a way that is plausible, keeping the characterisation intact and maintaining the story theme is what has brought me back to Corry, from my first reading of her work. I have mixed responses to my previous experiences, really appreciating The Lies We Tell, and feeling less enthused about I Made a Mistake. However, We All Have Our Secrets, gathers all the best aspects of her writing. Corry has devised particularly complicated characters for this novel and uses a compelling mix of show and tell to achieve her aims. Observation of characters’ convolutions while they interact with other characters and during their brief internal monologues as they measure their and others’ behaviour as well works well with authorial intervention.  The plot is intricate but devoid of holes. Past, present and future are brought together in an engaging narrative that sustains interest to the last word. 

Emily is thirty-five, a midwife involved in a difficult birth, and about to go on a date with an attractive consultant. Her family has lived at Willowmead, a large house in Cornwall, for all Emily’s life, and she returns when disaster strikes at work. Her father, Harold, alone since his wife’s death, needs care, and Emily seeks his advice, while returning to offer him assistance, as a way of escaping her career problems. However, Emily is thwarted in both aspirations - Francoise has taken up residence as Harold’s carer – much to her father’s joy and Emily’s displeasure. 

The story revolves around the two women’s competition for a place in the house and their concerns about each other’s honesty, at the same time as keeping their own secrets. Harold, whose story is told in brief flashbacks, and through Emily’s recall of the past as a family, also has secrets. Zorro, the dog also has a role to play in the jealous interaction between Emily and Francoise, providing subtle clues to the relationships in the house. Joe, the gardener, neighbours and local businesspeople are worth watching too. After all, who is telling the truth? Is there one truth or many? With whom should the reader sympathise in the maelstrom of feelings; actions that can be misinterpreted, or perhaps not; and even scientific information which may not be all it seems. 

As well as the personal stories of the main characters, Emily, Francoise and Harold, there is a broader role for the characters. They raise issues about past war experiences, casting soldiers’ relationships in occupied territory as having an impact on the future; and the domestic relationships between women and men which seemingly only cry out for understanding but demonstrate the lasting impact of gender inequality. Women’s role in keeping the peace domestically provides a subtle background to the more forthright relationship between Emily and Francoise. 

Jane Corry has written a satisfying, and gripping novel of psychological warfare in a domestic setting.
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I received this arc from net galley and the publishers.

Having read a few books by Jane Corry before I was really looking forward to this one.
We meet Francoise who is helping the elderly father of Emily, but as the book goes on we find her true intentions and find out Emily’s story as well.

A great read which I will highly recommend
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Absolutely amazing, gripped right from the start and couldn’t wait to pick it up to continue to read. Another fantastic read by Jane Corry
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Jane Corry has a talent for writing domestic thrillers where family's secrets and pasts seep into the present. We All Have Our Secrets is no exception.

Emily and Francoise seem opposed to each other when they are really linked in a common purpose; to gain the trust and attention of one man, Emily's father. This is where their battle begins.

As his health declines and Emily's career is threatened, Francoise becomes both a help and a danger. Who is the strange woman? Why is Emily acting so strange?

An interesting read, particularly with the use of different narrators and excerpts from the past. Fans of Jane Corry won't be disappointed.
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Familial Secrets…
A sweeping tale of familial secrets, past and present, and their often emotional impact as they eventually come to light. Who can be trusted and who is telling the truth? Narrated effectively, through differing timelines and with a credible and well drawn cast of characters. An immersive and compelling tale.
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I enjoyed this undemanding but very entertaining story.  The plot is compelling and the main characters are appealing.  This would make an excellent holiday book.
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I was slightly disappointed with this Jane Corry story. 

I read it quickly mainly I must confess to figure out how the plot would be resolved and it was a satisfactory conclusion. I just felt that there was no tension, nor was there a whole lot of back story for either of the 2 principal characters. Emily in particular I felt was very underwritten, and as a result un-engaging. 

I’d like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC.
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A good read by this author. Loved the tension in the household, between Emily and Francoise. Some great twists right up until the end, and dark secrets. Read it over a few days. Thanks NetGalley/Author
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This was a good read with a very interesting plot.  The writing was brilliant but there were a few things about the book that just didn’t sit right with me.  I don’t tell the story in a review, and without spoiling it for others I can’t describe what I mean!  However, I can certainly recommend this novel to anyone who likes a well-written suspense with a happy ending.  Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC.
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Well as soon as I receive another Jane Corry book, I know I will be staying up all night!  This was no disappointment, brilliant yet again. This one I felt was quite different to the others. The author was giving nothing away here - I really did not know who to trust. It moved cleverly to telling the story from each characters point of view.
Well done Jane Corry, you did it again!!
Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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I have been a fan of Jane’s books for a few years now and was delighted to be approved by NetGalley to read and review her latest one.

Emily is a midwife in London, far away from her widowed father in Cornwall. When a routine delivery devlops complications, Emily makes the decision to head home and escape from the reality of an investigation. However, she arrives home to find a young French woman answering the door: a woman who is apparently living at her home, sleeping in her bed and is seemingly very friendly with her elderly and poorly father Harold. Just who is Francoise and why is she there? 

The story is compellingly told by Corry as truths are uncovered; not just the secrets of the two women but also in the timeline of WWII as we relive the horrors of war suffered by Harold. 

I could not put this book down. The twists and turns of the story kept me guessing right until the end.  Would recommend.
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