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We All Have Our Secrets

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When Emily is suspended from her job as a midwife she decides to go and stay with her 93 year old father in Cornwall. She is surprised when the door is opened by a young French woman Francoise who has been employed by her father as a live in carer. Emily is not pleased by this development and as time goes by she is disturbed by how close Francoise and her father have become especially when he gifts Francoise items that have been left to Emily by her mother.  Emily begins to suspect that Francoise had an ulterior motive when she took the job as Harold's carer. However Emily has secrets of her own.

Told from present day perspectives of Emily and Francoise and Harold's time as a young soldier in France in WW2, this was an enjoyable read though I did think the ending wasn't quite  as I'd expected.
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Summary: We All Have Our Secrets follows Emily and Françoise. Emily, a midwife, is the daughter of Harold Gentle and travels home to Cornwall after an inquest into potential malpractice. When she arrives back in Cornwall she finds her 90 year old father being cared for by Françoise, a young French woman who turned up out of the blue and was hired on the spot. Emily is suspicious of Françoise‘s motives as she becomes very close with her father, but both women seem to be keeping secrets and they only getting more suspicious as Harold’s health deteriorates. 

Thoughts: I flew through this book and enjoyed lots of the aspects of it I just wished it flowed together a bit better. The storyline with the hospital inquiry was interesting and I wanted to know more but it was pushed to the side. Then Harold’s diary entries, which again were interesting but used strangely and I didn’t really get what was going on with them until the end - maybe that was the point… The two women were the saving Grace and their characters were strong and likeable, I couldn’t help but continually switch sides as I liked them both. The ending all felt a bit rushed which was a shame but all in all I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to other would want an easy, whodunnit/mystery that you can read in 2 sittings.
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This is the first book by Jane Corry I have read. I’ve heard good things about all her books, but I was a little disappointed. The characters were unlikeable, and I got the feeling anomalies in the book were solved by statements in brackets. While I finished the book, I struggled with frustration a lot - both with the characters and the story line. Sorry. Not for me.
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Emily decides to go and stay with her elderly father while an incident at her work is being investigated. It’s a stressful time for her and the last thing she expects is to find a strange woman in the house when she arrives. Françoise has been hired by her father, Harold, to work as his carer but Emily is suspicious of her motives and becomes obsessed with finding the real reason for her sudden appearance.⁣
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We All Have Our Secrets is an intriguing family mystery told from three different perspectives. In the present day we hear the story from both Emily and Françoise’s point of view and the reader is left constantly trying to work out who is telling the truth and what really happened. This story is also broken up with flashbacks of Emily’s father’s experiences during the war, and the impact this had on his life after returning home.⁣
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This is the first book I have read from Jane Corry so I didn’t know what to expect but I was really hooked by the mystery elements and honestly didn’t know the way the story would lead. From the start, there were several paths it could have taken and I was surprised when the truth was finally revealed.⁣
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This is the perfect summer thriller, with plenty of tension, twists and conflict but not too dark or heavy going. A gripping page-turner and fantastic domestic suspense novel.
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A thoroughly enjoyable read - I enjoyed the cliff hanger chapter endings and warmed to both the main characters.  A nice easy read for me.
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I was very quickly drawn into this domestic thriller, told from the viewpoints of the two women Emily and Franscoise. 

Emily is a midwife but following a bad decision at work her job is in jeopardy. She goes to stay with her father to recover but when she arrives there is a young French woman living with her father. Why doesn’t she trust this woman, Franscoise? She is meant to be a live in carer but why is she so over familiar with her dad? What is she hiding? 

There are lots of secrets to uncover from both of the women in this story as well as Emily's father. There are snippets of his time in the World War 2, when he was just a 15 year old boy, interspersed throughout the story. I found myself constantly changing my mind. Which woman was telling the truth and who was trustworthy? It really kept me guessing! Although not always likeable, the characters were well written and very believable.
An intriguing and immersive slow burn psychological thriller about family, friendship and love. I will definitely be looking out for other books by Jane Corry.
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EXCERPT: I begin to wonder if I have misjudged this woman. She's smart.

Like me.

Full of contradictions.

Like me.

Yet there is still a kindness to her.

Like me too.

We are partly bad. And partly good.

But only one of us killed our father.

Which means one of us is lying.

ABOUT 'WE ALL HAVE OUR SECRETS': Emily made a mistake, a mistake midwifes can't afford to make. Escaping to her dad's home in Devon to regroup and check in on him – his dementia has been worsening, and her guilt along with it – she is surprised when a beautiful stranger answers the door. Francoise is her dad's new carer, but Emily's father seems to have deteriorated under her care.

Emily doesn't trust Francoise – but she doesn't trust herself either. Each has a secret. And one of them will kill to keep it.

MY THOUGHTS: We All Have Our Secrets is my first book by Jane Corry, and I found it a disappointing experience. I would call this an entry level family drama.

I didn't find this to be at all suspenseful, nor thrilling. I expected the writing style to be a lot more polished than it is. I found the characters to be one dimensional, the dialogue stilted. The only element of mystery centred around Emily's mistake in her job as a midwife and, really, it's not much of a mystery.

There is are a couple of small twists, but nothing you won't see coming. And btw, Jane Corry, Hair analysis is done by evaluating hair structure and DNA from cells attached to the root of the hair. So cutting hair to send off for testing just isn't going to cut it.

There's a lot of repetition as we are told most events from both Emily's and Francois' points of view. I didn't get much from the occasional excerpts from Harold Gentle's diary either.

All in all, it's very superficial, no atmosphere, and I didn't connect with any of the characters. I felt no emotion whatsoever - I wanted to be suspicious, but I found I just didn't care.

⭐⭐.5

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THE AUTHOR: Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has spent time working as the writer in residence of a high security prison for men - an experience that helped inspire her Sunday Times bestsellers 'My Husband's Wife' and 'Blood Sisters'. Jane runs regular writing workshops and speaks at literary festivals all over the world. Many of her ideas strike during morning dog-jogs along the beach followed by a dip in the sea - no matter how cold it is!

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Penguin General UK - Fig Tree, via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of We All Have Our Secrets by Jane Corry for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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Emily is a midwife whose elderly father Harold lives alone in Willowmead House in Cornwall, where Emily grew up. 
Following a serious incident at work, Emily runs backs to Willowmead House and her father, only to find a young woman, Francoise, living there as a carer for her father, who has previously rejected all offers of help. 
Emily is suspicious of Francoise and her motives for looking after Harold, so begins to investigate her background and discovers some unsettling facts. 
I enjoyed this very much, although I did find Emily quite hard to warm to. The twist at the end was excellent.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book.
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Wow I flew through this story! The story of two separate women bought together by a 90-year-old elderly man. The story is written in the present from both Emily and Francois, and dips into the past of the elderly man, Harold. The secrets surrounding all three of the characters pulls you in from the beginning of the novel and leaves you intrigued and wanting to know more. I found myself mad with the characters in the book at some points and sympathetic with them in other areas of the book. The book also ended with a twist that I didn’t see coming which I think was very clever of the author. I liked the way the book came full circle with only finding out answers to some questions right at the end. Really interesting book, and makes me want to read further novels from this author.
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5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Thankyou #netgalley #janecorry #penguinuk for the arc copy of this book for a honest review👍
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Okay. It’s probably one of the best thriller I have read so far in my 2022 read list.
- comes into 3 different timelines. Where Emily’s dad,Francoise’s and Emily. 
- Emily has a close call on her work when she finally visited his dad in Cornwall. Emily is midwife , she was shocked that someone is already taking care of his dad , Francoise. A French lady who is taking care of Emily’s dad. 
At first Emily was annoying, then in the middle part of the story when Francoise felt it’s enough , she can get annoying too. But the weird part is when they both have a secret to tell. Even the dad has a secret. Annoying to actually. But at the end a lot of twist and turn of the event.
- but… the ending part was my favourite,full warm heartedly love it. 
Told myself this story deserve a 5⭐️👍

** also recommended it too with audiobook, the narrator was amazing doing French accent too. Deserving 5⭐️






❤️Shaye.reads
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Leaving this book on my to-read shelf for 5 months was an error as once started I couldn't put it down! It features 93-year-old Harold Gentle, his midwife daughter Emily and his new carer Françoise Alarie. The story is told from their viewpoints over different periods of time - by Françoise and Emily in the present and by Henry in 1945. I can recommend this one to anyone who enjoys an evenly-paced, completely unpredictable, psychological-style thriller. A great read with an addictive plot about family, secrets, guilt and misunderstanding.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Penguin UK via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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Emily made a mistake, a mistake midwifes can't afford to make. Escaping to her dad's home in Devon to regroup and check in on him – his dementia has been worsening, and her guilt along with it – she is surprised when a beautiful stranger answers the door.

I really enjoyed this book, it keeps you on your toes as you are not sure what is exactly happening and why you keep reading wondering where the plot is taking you. To me this is always the sign of a great read, I like to be kept guessing and wondering whether I will figure out what is really going on. I have read other books by this author and have enjoyed them immensely, this book left me feeling exactly the same. If you have not taken up the opportunity to read one of Jane Corry's books I suggest you do, I am sure you will get as much enjoyment as I have.

Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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I read my first Jane Corry book  The Lies We Tell, last year, and very much enjoyed it, so was keen to read another of her books, and it proved to another engaging read.

The book is told from the viewpoints of Emily and Francoise. Emily is a midwife in London - following a mistake at work, she is suspended and decides to go and stay with her elderly father Harold in Cornwall. On arrival she is surprised to discover that, unbeknowst to her, her father has hired a French woman, Francoise, to be his carer. With Emily suspicious of Francoise’s motives, and Francoise viewing Emily as having neglected her father, relations are strained between the two women from the start. But is anyone as straightforward as they would have you believe?

With well-drawn main characters, complex but intriguing, Corry skilfully builds the tension and intrigue and as the viewpoints switch, so does the reader’s view on who is telling the truth and who is to be trusted. Scattered throughout the story are snippets of Harold’s experiences in WW2 and it soon becomes clear that in this story, it is indeed true that everyone has their secrets.

Once again this proved to a be a real page-turner that kept me on my toes and kept me guessing as secret after secret was revealed - Corry successfully blends domestic thriller with family saga, and the book confirmed that she is now an auto-buy author for me.
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I loved the start of this novel were immediate empathy with Emily is gained. Just when you thought this story was going in one direction another twist and turn took it in another. An enjoyable easy read.
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I’ve read quite a few but oks by Jane Corry mainly because I’m pulled in by the summary of the plot. I always end up being in the small percentage of reviewers who aren’t thrilled and again this story was the same for me. So once again to go against the majority view I thought this just an ok book but not the thriller it purports to be. I’ve tried similar styles of having two POV running along side in respect toti e frame and it’s it hit and miss how well it works and in this book it didn’t work well.
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I really enjoyed this book as never knew until the very end what the truth was.  Usually you can guess with a book but not with this story,  it kept me wondering until the very lastI!  A geat read, would definitely recommend.
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Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Publishing and Jane Corry for an ARC in return for an honest review. 

Emily, an overworked midwife makes a terrible mistake at work, She comes home to stay with her dad to try and sort herself out. Except she is greeted by a young, beautiful french woman who appears to have an ulterior motive.

This is one of Janes best books. It’s a week constructed psychological thriller which keeps you constantly guessing. It is such an intense yet satisfying read. Dark, gripping and thrilling. Absolutely loved it!
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We All Have Our Secrets by Jane Corry     

Emily is a midwife in a hospital in the city and she is in trouble with the senior midwife but instead of facing her problems Emily runs to her elderly father, Harold, who lives on the Cornish coast. Emily wants nothing more then to sit down with her dear father and tell him all her problems and see what he advices her to do but when she arrives at her childhood home the front door is answered by a young French beautiful stranger.  As it turned out Harold now has a live-in carer/companion, Françoise, and Emily does not trust her at all. Where did Françoise come from? Does she have any experience taking care of the elderly? What is she hiding? Emily is determined to find all she can about Françoise. 

I enjoyed this book very much. It took just a few chapters to get into the story and so involved in these people lives I could not wait to see how the story unfolded. 

This book is written in from three points of view and two time slots; From the present; Emily and Françoise and Harold in 1944.

I would like to thank Net Galley and Penguin General UK for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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You can ALWAYS rely on Jane Corry for a twisty thriller and her latest offering does not disappoint!
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The novel begins by introducing us to Emily, a midwife who makes a mistake at work and subsequently takes a leave of absence. She decides to go and stay with her elderly father and upon arrival, she finds him with a new carer named Françoise - a twenty-something French woman.
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Straight away Emily is unsettled by her presence and a tale unfolds. Does Françoise have an ulterior motive?
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This book is such a journey! Everyone has their secrets and as each is revealed it changes everything. It's so cleverly woven together!  I was thoroughly gripped and I REALLY loved Emily as a character and was rooting for her from start to finish.
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The ending was brilliant - satisfying and not what I expected at all!
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I devoured this one and I highly recommend getting your hands on this one - it's out now!
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Massive thanks to Ellie over at @penguinrandomhouse for my ARC in exchange for this review.
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I love a domestic thriller and Jane Corry writes them very well. I've always enjoyed her books and We All Have Our Secrets is no exception.

The novel is told from the points of view of Emily and Françoise. Emily is a midwife in her mid-thirties and following a mistake at work, she is suspended and decides to go back to stay with her elderly father for a while whilst she waits for an inquest.

When she arrives as Willowmead House, her childhood home, she is surprised to find Francoise, a French woman in her twenties, looking after her father. Harold Gentle had put an ad out for a carer. 

The two women have a problem with each other from the beginning. Emily thinking that Françoise is there to extort her old father for money and Françoise thinking that Emily does not appreciate all that she has. Both women and Harold himself all have secrets that they are keeping from each other. After Harold's death, there is a lot of uncover.

Corry writes twists very well and this book kept me guessing throughout. I love how fleshed out the characters are, especially Nick's son Billy and his little facts. A great read!
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