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We All Have Our Secrets

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I loved this twisty page turner which kept me reading far into the night which I usually don’t do but, I just couldn’t put it down I just loved it. My thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for an honest review.
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I have enjoyed a couple of  this authors precious books so was looking forward to reading this one. I unfortunately found it quite confusing and I struggled to like or relate to any of the characters
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It was all a bit mediocre!

A serious incident on the job sees Midwife Emily Gentle fleeing to her childhood home in Cornwall to care for her ailing father – Harold Gentle. But, when Emily arrives, she is greeted by an unwelcome surprise – her father has hired a career, Francoise Alarie. She’s young and pretty, and Emily’s disturbed by the close, unnatural relationship she witnesses between Francoise and her father. There’s just something about her Emily doesn’t trust. What secrets is she hiding? Because Emily knows all about secrets. So does Harold. 

Based on past experience, a Jane Corry psychological thriller is a guaranteed multi-layered mystery with phenomenal twists that keep me guessing right up until the last page. Unfortunately, We All Have Our Secrets was more domestic family drama, parent/child relationships with a side romantic subplot than suspenseful thriller, and the drama was average at best. There were unpredictable twists, but they were kind of meh, and after finishing I was like, “Is that It?”

POV’s alternated between Emily and Francoise, with Part 1 narrated by Emily, Part 2, Francoise, etc. There were also italicised diary entries penned by Harold Gentle dating back to 1945 when German occupied France. Having both Emily and Francoise as POV’s didn’t really work for me, as they tended to overlap in regards to the reveal of secrets, resulting in repetitive plot points. I also thought this novel was overly long especially towards the end.

The writing was Jane Corey’s usual high standard, and just because this one didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean I’d give up on her. The first three books I read by her were 5 star reads, and the fourth, a four, so she is definitely a talented author. Here’s hoping her next book is a return to form, and is more thriller than drama.

I’d like to thank Netgalley, Penguin UK, and Jane Corry for the e-ARC.

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I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars, rounded up.

Having read a couple of Jane Corey novels previously I was pretty eager to read this latest title.

I found it a very decent read, pretty easy going as a holiday read. The book started off very well, setting the scene and giving us background to Emily’s life and career as a midwife.  The story was told from the perspectives of the 3 main characters- Emily, Francoise and Harry, present day and during the war. We find that each has some hidden secrets.  

I’m not too sure what genre this book comes into. It’s not really much of a crime drama or a thriller- maybe a family drama? 

After a very promising start, the latter part of the book felt a little flat and didn’t reach the crescendo that the earlier parts of the story seemed to be heading towards. It all just ended ‘nicely’ with a happily ever after, but at least it was rounded off.

Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for providing an advance copy in return for my honest opinion. I have also published this review on Goodreads.
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Excellent read.  Kept me on the edge of my seat with suspense throughout the book which I simply could not put down!
The plot was brilliant and kept you guessing where the truth lay.  Some of the time I was pulled in one direction only to then follow another trail.  
Wonderful and so sorry it has ended.  Look forward to next Jane Corry book
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Captivating and well written  as all Jane’s novels are! Full of tension and secrets waiting to be told.  I became completely immersed in it. Emily’s career as a midwife is busy and the decisions she makes are extremely important in ensuring positive outcomes. As it is her father needing more help and attention which she is unable to provide, advertises for a career to look after him- Francoise appears on the scene.
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Trio Infernal

The first half of this family saga about two young women competing for the affection of a 90year old manipulative narcissist had me on tenterhooks but by then I found the plot was just lamely zig-zagging between the permanent lies and conniveries of both antagonists, interspersed by bloodthirsty military scenes from WW2 the old man had been involved in. Since I found all the characters except Zorro the dog increasingly unlikeable, I struggled to finish reading the ARC I had been given by netgalley Penguin in return for my honest opinion.
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I never repeat the blurb.  Another super story by Jane Corry. It alternates between two protagonists and perceptions of each alter throughout the tale as it develops.  Really nice easy read.
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I’ve read and enjoyed a few of Jane Corry’s books up to now, so I had quite high hopes for this one. I believe I went in to this one thinking it was a thriller, and thrill me it did not. It’s more of a slow burn mystery and I did find the pace quite slow throughout. 

The chapters are snappy which does make for quick reading but I wasn’t dying to pick it up at any point. I would say the first half of the book held my attention more than the second half and the ending didn’t have the wow factor you expect a mystery to have. 

I didn’t absolutely dislike this book in any shape or form, but I certainly didn’t love it and something about it didn’t quite hit the mark for me.
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When Emily makes a mistake she runs off to hide at her dad's house. A stranger has positioned herself in their life and Emily doesn't trust her. Everyone has their secrets and the story slowly reveals their past lives and how unbelievably they are all connected. Guaranteed to keep you invested in the complex story right till the end. Prepare to be shocked.
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We All Have Our Secrets - a very apt title as it seems most of the characters in this story have something to hide. Something which when it eventually surfaces, has an impact on other people.  Emily, a midwife, currently suspended while an investigation takes place, returns home to Cornwall to find her ninety-something father being looked after by a young attractive French woman, Francoise.  Emily has Francoise down as a gold digger, after her father's money and immediately the two lock horns.  Told at first from Emily's viewpoint, the story then switches to Francoise's and it's clear all is not what Emily thinks it is. It's an interesting tangle as  we move between Emily and Francoise, with  snapshots of father Harold's experiences in France during World War II, which have a strong influence  on what is currently happening.  And then there is the surprise when Emily discovers Nick, her first love, has returned and working in her father's old office. He's married with a small boy and currently in the process of ending his marriage.  But can Emily trust him, or will he break her heart again?  I thoroughly enjoyed the story with all its many twists, turns and surprises. Emily and Francoise were interesting characters  and I was keen to see how things would resolve themselves.  I have to say, I was not disappointed. A well deserved five stars.

My thanks to Penguin, Jane Corry and NetGalley for an ARC of We All Have Our Secrets in exchange for an honest review.
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I am already a fan of Jane Corry so I was excited to see this come up on Netgalley, even better when I got accepted for a copy. 
The story centres around Emily a midwife from London. When something happens at work, she makes the trip back to Cornwall where her elderly Dad lives. When she arrives she is shocked to find a French woman ‘Francoise’ caring for her Dad. 
The rest of the story centres on the growing resentment between the two women and as this progresses, lots of secrets about each character come forward. 
I really enjoyed the storyline of this novel, there were lots of twist and turns and a big reveal at the end that I did not see coming. 
The story kept me hooked the whole way through and I ended up finishing it quickly. However, for me, there was something that stopped me wanting to give it more than a 3 out of 5. Perhaps I just expected more from it having read her other novels.
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We All Have Secrets

Thank you #NetGalley #Penguin and Jane Corry for my E-arc copy of #WeAllHaveSecrets in exchange for my honest review.

This book started out with a promising start dealing with your usual family issues such as jealousy, trust and suspicion. I really was expecting so much however I was dissatisfied.

The novel is told from three different points of view. Two females and and one male. I found it worked well however I felt that too much was going on with little explanation. Which led  to a very confusing and muddled ending that completely let the whole book down. 

Therefore I feel I can only rate the novel two  out of five.
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When Emily, a midwife, makes a tragic mistake at work she returns to her family home in Cornwall where her elderly father lives  only to discover a young French girl has moved in as his carer.  Emily keeps her problem a secret little knowing that the carer Francoise, who she is highly suspicious of, has secrets of her own and so does her father. The story moves between the present and the past in all three lives, Emily's father's in WW2,  Francoise's childhood with her mother in France and Emily's first love that caused her to move away. A complex story with many twists and turns and shocking secrets.
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This is a cleverly written and twisty novel that will really keep you hooked. It draws you in right from the beginning and keeps you invested and involved. If I had one criticism it’s that the middle felt like it dropped a bit of pace compared to the rest of the book
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Yet another exciting thriller from the pen of the excellent Jane Corry, and the title says it all.  Two women are staying in a house in the south west and both have much to keep quiet about.  We hear the story unfold from their own personal perspectives as well as glimpsing the past of the man whose house they share, in the form of a memoir.  Whenever you think you have a handle on events, you are quickly disabused!  Very enjoyable.
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I love psychological thrillers & I’m fascinated by WW2; this book melds the two.
The story starts very strongly from the POVs of Emily & Françoise in the present & Harold, Emily’s father, in 1945. All three are hiding a secret but, of the two women, who can be trusted?

Emily is a midwife living in London. She is suspended following an allegation of medical negligence & returns to Cornwall, her elderly father’s home, to regroup. She is shocked when she is met by Françoise, her father’s young French carer. Emily is infuriated. Who is this girl? She & her father seem very close, is she after his money?

A well written, character driven story which drew me in all directions. Recommended.
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Everyone in this book certainly had their secrets - Emily, daughter of central character Harold Gentle; Françoise, the mysterious French carer who claims Harold is also her father and Harold himself, not the gentle father of his name. We see how fighting in World War 2 as an impressionable 15 year old impacted on Harold's life. Emily returns home to Cornwall following an incident in her midwifery career in London to discover Françoise in situ. Who is she and why is she getting so close to Emily's elderly father? As the story unfolds it is difficult to know who to trust, and this is cleverly drawn out over the entire novel. Secrets are kept right to the end. A good read. #netgalley #weallhaveoursecrets
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This was a complex story full of lies and misrepresentation. It was also very sad because the past was to effect the future of a 16 year soldier who lied about his age to fight for his country. The way the story develops is fascinating with lots of surprises along the way. Very satisfying conclusion.
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Another absolute flawless thriller by the amazing Jane Corry! With unique characters and a cleverly written plot, this story of deceit and lies had me absorbed from the first few chapters. 

The writing is one I am familiar with, and I was not disappointed to be transported into the tense and suspenseful atmosphere that I have become accustomed to by this author. For me, this is one of the best I have read by this author! Incredibly impressive plot twists, keeping readers engaged, and gripped until the end pages, and had me on the edge of my seat, eager for the conclusion. 

If you a fan of fast-paced, psychological thrillers, then this is a must-read for you! Highly recommended reading that I just loved!
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