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We All Have Our Secrets

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Everyone in this book has secrets. Emily made a mistake at work, which might haunt her forever. Her father isn’t coming clean about his health issues, or about the fact he’s moved in a French home help in the form of Françoise. And Françoise definitely isn’t telling the truth about why she’s come to Cornwall. 

I enjoyed this, though in places the story felt a touch on the slow side. The characters are deftly drawn, and the book uses flashbacks to fill in some of the gaps. An enjoyable psychological thriller.
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I found this a strange book in that it didn’t seem to be written very professionally and there were awkward scenarios around the main characters. Unfortunately I did end up skipping over Harold’s exploits during the war. I realised that they were relevant to a point with regard to the storyline, but they annoyingly cropped up just as a more interesting chapter appeared and they became a little tedious.. I don’t want to insult Harold’s bravery as a young 15 year old signing up to defend his country, I just felt that these episodes could have been written more fully and less simplistically. Emily changed beyond recognition from a happy, caring and dedicated midwife looking forward to a date, to someone unkind and wholly unprofessional. Why after so many years at the hospital did she ignore all their attempts at getting in touch her, and over a long period of time. If she wasn’t aware of any wrongdoing at this point what was the point of ignoring, texts, emails and letters, all becoming more urgent.  Nick, her ex boyfriend was quite a weak character, I would have liked to see him with more of a personality and backbone. Are we to believe that the intelligent, cultured, statuesque and very beautiful Francoise only had one previous job, working in an old peoples home? Would someone leave their country to turn up on the doorstep of a complete stranger.  The epilogue chapters were a little more interesting. I’m sorry to give such a blunt review but I read a lot of books and this just wasn’t quite right.
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My first book, that I have read by this author, absolutely brilliant! Highly recommended, and I will definitely read others written by this author!
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My thanks to Netgalley for my copy of We All Have Our Secrets. Jane Corry has done it again, another compulsive thriller with so many twists and turns that keep you guessing to the very end whilst touching on so many pertinent subjects. An excellent read that will not disappoint.
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At 12% into we all have secrets I was heavily invested. Although some of the secrets are predictable it doesn’t take away the need and want to read urgently. 

It’s quite a face paced psychological book with an edge. I enjoyed it as I have Jane’s other books. 

Keep them coming!
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We All Have Our Secrets - Jane Corry

A great tale  which keeps you guessing all the way through, and thinking about the outcome even after you've finished reading it!

I really enjoyed themany personality differences between the three main characters in the novel, along with the two distinct timelines and what brought them all together.

The novel is cleverly written, making it easy for the reader to form vivid impressions in their mind, of the various places involved throughout, which embellished the storyline.

More than a 'holiday read!'
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A very average read, i was disappointed as i normally like a Jane Corry.  The story was ok but the characters were rather annoying and it felt dragged out in places.
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A very atmospheric and suspenseful family drama that follows the stories of three main characters, Emily, Francoise and Harold. As the stories unfold the narrative switches between Emily and Francoise, uncovering family secrets and misunderstandings. 

A fast paced mystery with plenty of twists and turns, while the characters are well developed, believable and relatable. Overall a very well written compelling read..

Many thanks to NetGalley UK and Penguin UK for the ARC.
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Not a traditional mystery story at all here, but a mystery nonetheless and one that kept this reviewer engaged from start to finish, although with the story told in the voices of the two main protagonists there was occasionally some confusion with who was narrating at any time. 

Emily Gentle is a committed midwife whose work life is suddenly turned upside down when she is suspended from her job, pending investigation. She heads for her elderly father’s home only to find a young French woman there taking care of him. She draws the natural conclusions, but the situation is much, much more complicated than that, and the story untangles a web of history, love, grief, relationships and family that spreads from WWII  to the present day.

The characters here are all realistically drawn, if occasionally a little exaggerated, and the descriptions of the Cornish coast are vivid. This is an immersive read, undemanding and written with style and good flow.
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Many thanks to NetGalley, Penguin UK and Jane Corry for my ARC of We All Have Our Secrets in return for an honest review.

Emily, a midwife in London, makes a mistake one night which leads her to be suspended. She returns to her childhood home and father, Harold, in Cornwall. He has hired a carer, Francoise, and Emily is immediately suspicious of the young woman’s motives.

The narrative is from both women, taking turns, with some memories from Harold during World War 2.

I struggled with quite a portion of the book and couldn’t warm to any of the characters. There are several twists and turns which kept me interested but it probably wasn’t my type of book.
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Emily Gentle is a midwife. She loves her job but one night she makes a mistake which leads her to be suspended and sends her scuttling back to her father Harold in Cornwall. When she gets there she finds he has installed a carer, the young and beautiful Francoise who is French. She is immediately suspicious that Francoise is after his money. The story is told mainly from Emily and Francoise's points of view. Interspersed with these are Harold's memories of his time in France during WW2. 

I didn't enjoy this book. Both narrators are irritating and much of the book is spent ruminating about what the other woman is up to. Francoise's voice which is obviously French is very unconvincing. It didn't quite stoop to 'Ooh la la' but it wasn't much better. I couldn't get a grasp on the age difference between the father and daughter and also the reason Harold was in France was pretty unbelievable. But the real thing that annoyed me was just how unpleasant the characters were especially Harold. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
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I picked up this book as part of @neverendingnetgalley prompt for March which was Mystery March. I’m so glad I did! I loved it! It was fast paced and to be totally honest I had no idea how it was going to pan out. I spent the whole time second guessing myself and still didn’t get it right. I’m not sure I really liked either of the girls to be honest but I loved how the sections were told from different perspectives. It was very clever. I really enjoyed it and would 100% recommend it!
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Jane Corry is an excellent story teller and with We All Have Our Secrets, she builds on her success

This book is great! I never wanted it to end since I had so much fun reading
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Two women, Emily and Francois, the former a midwife and Francois a carer.  They both have secrets which bring them together in caring for Emily’s  father who has dementia.  He too is not the man they think he is.  The family solicitor, Nick has designs on Emily but he is in the middle of a divorce.  The secrets slowly begin to unravel but unfortunately by the time I had forced myself to reach halfway in the telling I was beyond caring!  The basic writing had me speed reading and am sorry to say that the bare bones of the story lacked the meat to keep me interested.  I needed more depth, more credulity!  Sorry but not for me!
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It is a long time since I read a book in just one day but this was it. Maybe it was being stuck in isolation or maybe just an easy read. Even though this is not Jane Corry at the top of her game, as I remember her,  it was a very easy read and I lost myself in the plot and the characters.
The story is narrated through each character’s voice so your perception’s  are constantly shifting and the plot moves along quite quickly. There is not enough intrigue for me, and the characters were quite easy to read but it did the job and whiled away a few hours.
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Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin for the ARC of this book.
Another very different story from Jane Corry. Although I enjoyed the book I felt it was a bit laboured. Started very promisingly but somehow felt a bit too trite. Not one of her better books I’m afraid.
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Emily is a midwife in London.  Her father, Harold, lives in Cornwall, and although Emily phones him daily she doesn’t visit very often.  After a traumatic event at her hospital, Emily returns home to seek comfort with her father.  Unexpectedly she is greeted by a young lady, Francoise, who explains that she is now Harold’s carer. As the story progresses, nothing is quite as it seems.

This is the first time I have read this author, and for the first 50% of the book I was intrigued and enjoying the story.  However, it then started to plod along, with a fair bit of repetition and pointless narrative.  The ending was so long and drawn out that I lost interest totally.

I couldn’t quite get my head around the age difference of the parents, the young women and the lovers, it all became a little convoluted and hard work to read through.  I didn’t care much either for Francoise’s opinion regarding the French attitude towards mistresses, I’m sure that can’t be true!  Another of those urban myths perhaps?

I definitely would not regard this as a psychological thriller, more a family with secrets saga.

Thank you NetGalley.
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Generally I am a fan of her work but I found this confusing and a bit boring and struggled with it. 
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When Emily makes a mistake in her job as a midwife she returns to her family home to her elderly father, Harold. In his nineties, she feels she should be there for him but on arrival there is a young  carer , Francoise. What is her father’s  attraction to this young lady and what secrets does she know. 
Oh this was a cracking read. Full of twists and emotions. Jane is an auto read for me without even reading the blurb I dive i and never ever disappointed. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for this arc in exchange for my honest review.
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The title is true I guess for many people.  Harold Gentle is 93 years old.  The book goes backwards and forwards to his time in the war in France and his life today.  His wife has passed away and his daughter, Emily, is a midwife in London.  Emily feels guilty by not visiting her father more regularly but her job is her life.  Emily is dealing with a labouring mother who insists on a natural birth.  Once baby has arrived Emily goes off duty to be told to return to the hospital urgently as something has gone wrong.  Emily has an accident, falling off her bike and suffers with a head trauma but does not go to the hospital due to fearing the fallout of the phone call.  Instead she gets a train to Cornwall to visit her dad to talk to him.  She goes to the house, rings the bell and Francoise comes to the door.  Who are you?  It comes to light through the book that Francoise thinks that Harold is her father from a liaison when her mom was nanny to Emily.  The girls do not get on at all.  They do not trust each other and vie for Harold’s attention.
This causes more and more drama and little things creep into the mix.  Harold deteriorates and becomes very abusive.  The girls take it in turns to care for him and he passes away when Francoise was caring – she did not call for Emily and this makes the position more tragic.  The  post-mortem reveals a problem with the amount of morphine in his body so they now have to contend with a coroner and a police investigation.  The girls blame each other for the overdose but the real reason comes to light.  Eventually they compromise and the rest of the book is how they put themselves back together and move on.  A delightful story
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