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We All Have Our Secrets

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I'm a big fan of Jane Corry so was thrilled to see this in my NetGalley inbox.
We All Have Our Secrets has likeable characters and an easy plot - a book you can read in one sitting.
4 stars.
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I've loved all of Jane Corry's novels and this one doesn't disappoint! It's set in Cornwall which I loved as it is fully evoked by the writer, and also has part of the story taking place in France. There are two main female characters, Emily and Françoise and throughout the novel my opinions about them changed as I couldn't work out who to trust - the sign of a great thriller! Highly recommended.
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I have read all this authors previous books and loved them. This book was not the fast paced thriller that I had expected. It was slow and at times I found that it did not hold my attention. 

Many thanks to netgalley and Jane Corey for the advanced copy of this book. I agreed to give my unbiased opinion voluntarily.
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I enjoyed this suspense-filled family drama. You might start off thinking it's going to be a crime-laden thriller, but it's more subtle than that (which may not be for everyone).

Emily is a midwife who, after a terrible mistake a work, runs back home to her 93-year-old father's house in Devon. She's shocked to find he's being cared for by a young French woman, Francoise, who is obviously not pleased at Emily's sudden arrival. Everyone has secrets to hide, including her father. But who will kill for them?

It's a story about family and secrets, misunderstandings, and even forgiveness. While we start off with Emily's POV, the story changes later to allow us to see Francoise and even her father's point of view too. It could get confusing here, but I enjoyed the different perspectives and they allowed the story to change in a way I hadn't expected (not a twist, as such, but showing me new insights).

I do think there's a chance you could pick it up thinking there's going to be a lot of focus on the midwife drama or a possible suspense angle there - but in this book it's the family in Devon that's very much at the centre of the tale, and it's better for it.
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A  very enjoyable read that is well written. I would say it was more of a domestic drama than a thriller but a great story nonetheless. Good characters and well paced throughout.
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Really twisty and full of suspense I enjoyed this. A young midwife is fleeing from a mistake she potentially made but runs home into a much more complex situation when she finds her elderly father has employed a career who is not quite what she seems. This book explores an absolute tangle of secrets and lies with the added complexities of family ties and war bourne trauma and the psychological repercussions. The story develops slowly and skilfully, not spilling all of the secrets at once, rather leaking them stealthily a little at a time. It definitely held my interest really well and cleverly kept changing my viewpoint and loyalties. A definite recommend from me.
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I really love this thriller.  It’s fucking immediately dreaming in with the plot and kept me there with the pacing. It’s a twist the story with a strong main character.  I highly recommend this book!
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A family drama rather than a psychological thriller.and in my opinion not up to the standard of the authors previous novels. Both female characters irritated me as did the elderly father. There was also some use of dramatic licence which is okay in a televised drama but not a novel.. I found it a weak rrad.
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I enjoyed this book. Emily makes a bad mistake in her job as a midwife and escapes back to her family home in Cornwall. When she gets there she finds that her elderly father has employed a beautiful young French woman, Francoise, to be his carer. Emily doesn't trust her and is convinced she has an ulterior motive. This is a fast paced story with twists and turns right to the end. Thanks to NetGalley for a preview copy.
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We all have our secrets by Jane Corry

Two women are staying in Willowmead House.

One of them is running.
One of them is hiding.
Both of them are lying.

Emily made one bad decision, and now her career could be over. Her family home on the Cornish coast is the only place where she feels safe. But when she arrives, there's a stranger living with her father. Emily doesn't trust the beautiful young woman, convinced that she's telling one lie after another. Soon, Emily becomes obsessed with finding out the truth... 

Overall I enjoyed this book, it started well and I engaged with the characters.
During the middle I misinterpreted a twist maybe and got all impressed, hopes were dashed then when I realised there was no dead body in the suitcase but a painting 🤷🏻‍♀️ I think the body would have spiced the middle section up for me. Ending was fine, I love this author and her style of writing but she has written better. It was enjoyable and I read it very quickly. 

Thanks to netgalley for an advanced copy in return for an honest review.

Rated 4/5
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We All Have Our Secrets by Jane Corry 
Published date 23 June 2022

On starting this book, I had lots of emotions.  The story has twists & turns and, only in my opinion, was too long.   Around 60% I was losing interested, then 78% I wanted to know the ending. The writing style was not to my liking, too much dialogue & I soon forgot which character was saying what!  

The plot and characters are believable.  The protagonists, Emily (Emilee) and Francoise annoyed me from page one,  This a story about rivalry, jealousy, secrets, lies and bereavement. 

Fans of Jane Corry's books will love this novel.

I give a 3 star rating, only because the genre was not to my liking. 

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Jane Corry has this ability that no matter where you are in the book you have absolutely no idea what is happening or what is about to happen. The writing as always was superb leaving me wanting more after each chapter and for that I would always recommend. I’m still unsure on the storyline, it didn’t go where I expected it to and I’m still left thinking about it which I do believe is a good thing. 
Overall would recommend this and her other books
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I expected this to be a fast paced thriller. It was neither. It was slow moving and at times I struggled with the pace. There was absolutely no feeling of a thriller. It was just a story of two women with a lot of vagueness. Both had secrets but I expected so much more than they were. It was more a family drama than a thriller and anyone who enjoys a family drama will love this. Sadly it wasn’t for me. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC in return for an honest and unbiased opinion.
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Gentle psychological thriller. It's never quite clear who was going to be the good guy and who the bad until it becomes clear that no-one is as clear cut as that and that we're all so much more than the worst thing we've done. What was clear is that most of the "bad" things came from a good place and this recognition reveals what is truly important to our characters.
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There are two main female characters in this fast paced mystery thriller. Both are keeping secrets and they are not averse to telling the odd lie either. At the beginning of this powerful and intriguing story they do not know each other, but that will soon change. But will it be a change for the better or the worse?
Emily is a midwife. She absolutely loves her job. What could be more exciting than bringing a new life into our world? She loves to see the joyful parents and the squirming or bawling babies, each a bundle of joy. She is not a mother herself, but surely being a midwife is breath-taking, exciting and a magical way to earn a living. She is well respected and conscientious, earning praise and gaining a great reputation. When Emily makes an error one day she is devastated. She is suspended from her duties and decides to go to see her elderly father in the family home, Willowmead House, an impressive house near the sea in Cornwall.
When Emily arrives home she finds out that a stranger is living with her father. He tells her he has a Carer and introduces Emily to Francoise, whose home is in France. She has worked in Care Homes in France and is said to be a wonderful carer of the elderly, especially as they become more feeble and confused. She is elegant, beautiful and poised. Emily mistrusts her from the minute she first sees her. If the truth be told she is jealous of the way her Dad treats Francoise and of how close they have become in such a short time. She is also surprised at how quickly her father has deteriorated since she last saw him months ago, and also ashamed that she has neglected him. Her father has also given Francoise her mother’s favourite and very expensive earrings that had been left for her. Emily is furious with her Dad.
It is safe to say both women are suspicious of each other and uneasy with the current situation. Emily is determined to investigate Francoise. She is sure that she is hiding something. This is a story full of thrills and spills, twists and turns that has a fantastic ending.
I thoroughly enjoyed this engaging novel. The story telling was brilliant and the characters carefully developed so that you really cared for them or despised them. I was hooked on the story from the very beginning and it got better and better. I greatly admired the way the author handled her storyboard and maintained an even and exciting pace. I loved the themes within the story: relationships, jealousy, revenge, grief, loyalty and love. I loved the suspense and the historical backstory told by Harold, detailing his life and experiences in World War two. It brought the two main story threads together beautifully.  
I received a complimentary copy of this novel from publisher Penguin through my membership of NetGalley. Thank you for my copy sent in return for an honest and unbiased review. This novel is a real page-turner, filled with suspicion, mystery and tension. I was so surprised at the ending. It was so dynamic and fitting for this story. This is a 5* review from me and a recommendation that this book is unmissable.
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The latest book from Jane Corry, We All Have Our Secrets is due for release in June 2022. Once again, readers will be delighted and intrigued by the liberal sprinkling of unexpected twists, and surprising reveals. It addresses many human dilemmas in a realistic yet entertaining way. The conflict between the two female lead characters, Emily and Françoise, is skilfully teased out. The gripping plot progresses with Emily determined to care for her ailing elderly father despite the constant interference and undermining by Françoise, the beautiful housekeeper who is equally determined to look after her employer. Told from both women's points of view, and set against a modern Cornish backdrop, it is definitely a must-read novel. Highly recommended with a well-deserved 5 stars for this excellent page-turner. Many thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for supplying me with an advance copy.
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This is a domestic thriller which will keep you guessing right up until the end - and even then, there are still a few more secrets to be revealed! It just goes to show that when we keep secrets, people make assumptions and jump to conclusions about what's going on when simply talking could clean up so many misunderstandings.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC without obligation.
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Emily is a midwife working in London, who returns to her childhood home in Cornwall when disciplinary action is taken against her at work following a mistake she makes during a delivery.

Here she finds that her father, Harold’s health has been rapidly deteriorating. She also finds an unexpected house guest – Harold has employed a live-in carer named Francoise – and Emily takes an instant dislike to her.

Whilst at home, Emily ignores her calls and letters from the hospital and focuses her energy on working out Francoise’s motives for moving in with her father – and her suspiciously close relationship with him. She also finds herself involved once again with her first love, and struggles with emotions and vulnerability from her past.

We switch between Emily and Francoise’s point of view – with occasional accounts from Harold of his experiences as a 15-year-old during the war. 

Everyone seems to be hiding a secret.  Who can be trusted? And what are their motives? Who is Francoise?

Whilst elements of We All Have Our Secrets were intriguing, and I wanted to know how the story unfolded, I’m afraid I did find it a bit plodding and hard work at times. I didn’t particularly like any of the characters and was hoping for a big OOMPH moment of excitement which never really came.
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What a wonderful story about life, love and loss! 
I was hooked from the start and loved being able to explore the different characters and their lives/perspectives.
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The tale of two sisters and the unravelling of their lives an engaging emotive read from start to finish. 

Great character development I found myself invested in the outcome of both sisters and their plights. 

Harold was a interesting character and I found his flashbacks added depth and strength to the story. 

Jane Corry is a very talented author whose work never fails to draw you in.
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