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We All Have Our Secrets

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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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Oh my goodness, I just love Jane Corry's novels! She is an excellent writer and always has the best storylines. Absolutely amazing and this one was a fabulous suspense novel. I really enjoyed the characters and had a great time reading this book.
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#WeAllHavePurSecrets #NetGalley 
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 women, convinced that she's telling one lie after another.
Soon, Emily becomes obsessed with finding out the truth... But should some secrets stay buried forever?
I really liked this book. So gripping. 
Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin for giving me an advance copy.
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#WeAllHaveOurSecrets #NetGalley 
Incredibly Compelling. 
Emily, a midwife at a hospital in London does something terrible in her job and now she's suspended and decides to come back to Willowmead House to her old father, Harold Gentle who had served in WW2. But as soon as she reached there, a strange woman by the name of Françoise opened the door and told her that she's her father's carer. 
Things start to happen, both women don't like each other and each suspecting that the other isn't good. And then Harold Gentle dies and the doctor suspects that it's not natural. If the death wasn't natural then who's responsible for it? Is Françoise telling the truth or Emily? Or both of them are lying? Read this book to find out. 
I loved the characters of Emily, Françoise, and Harold. Other characters were good. 
Narration of the story was excellent. It gripped me from the first page. 
Overall it's a must read. 
Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin for giving me an advanced copy of this psychological thriller.
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I've enjoyed Jane Corry's previous books, so appreciated the opportunity to read an advance copy of her latest, We All Have Our Secrets. It started promisingly, with midwife Emily facing trouble over an incident at work. Emily returns home to her elderly father, Harold, only to find to her chagrin that French carer Françoise has moved in. Everybody, of course, has their secrets....

The Emily/Françoise/Harold storyline occupies the rest of the book and unfortunately this didn't really work for me. The storyline and characters never really convinced, it became confusing at times (rather too many secrets popping out all over the place) and I found myself plodding to the end. Even the flashbacks to Harold's wartime experiences, although more engaging than the present-day shenanigans, didn't really hold my interest. We hear from three different people's perspectives but they are all written in short sentences and paragraphs which made it all seem a bit disjointed. To be honest, the whole thing felt a bit rushed.

I do like this author despite this rather negative review, and I will eagerly look out for her future work. I'm sure many will enjoy this book but on this occasion it didn't work for me. Thanks for the opportunity to read and review!

Note: at least twice, the word "slither" is used when it should be "sliver". ("A sharp slither is poking out...") One of my current pet hates!
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WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! LOVED EVERYTHING  ABOUT THIS  BOOK! FANTASTIC!. Another brilliant, addictive read by the amazing Jane Corry. A cast of fabulous characters and the tension ramps up the more you read. I was sucked into the life of Emily and Francoise who are two completely different women, but both have their secrets and they don't trust each other at all. Francoise cares for Harold Gentle, Emily's elderly father and when Emily arrives at her childhood home the secrets, lies and twists start happening and the book is completely impossible to put down. It's additive, skilfully plotted and heartbreaking at the same time. This will definitely be a bestseller and I will recommend it to everyone I no. Huge Congratulations to Jane for another compulsive, unforgettable read.
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Wow! We all have our secrets is such a compelling read full of intrigue and suspense that will keep you enthralled from start to finish with such a twist at the end I was totally entranced from start to finish!
Set in beautiful cornwall and told in the past and present we are introduced to Emily a midwife who has made a mistake at work, her elderly father who is struggling to cope with old age, frailty and dementia and François’s a French carer that has been appointed without Emily knowing!
Emily and François’s have a tense relationship based on mistrust,dislike and hidden agendas but as secrets are revealed and Emily’s father deteriorates they call a truce to care for him at the end of his life, after his death more is revealed testing the relationship between the two even more!
A fantastically emotive domestic thriller that I would highly recommend.
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I enjoyed reading this story but I did find it a little lightweight.
The book explores the links between the Second World War and today, looking at the impact of individual war time events on the next generation of family members.
There are several twists as the story is revealed but I found it difficult to like the main characters and felt that some of the discoveries were unlikely. 
There are additional complications, eg: a major error at work and an accident the same day, where the impact is minimal until the story needs it to become important. 
For me, the various themes did not quite gang together.
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Did I like the book?

I couldn’t resist it when I was sent a digital copy of Jane Corry’s next book. I am a huge fan of her novels, they always offer interesting characters and a clever study of human psychology. We All Have Our Secrets doesn’t escape the rule! It was lovely to discover what Jane had come up with this time. 

Did I enjoy reading it?

The eyes simply fly on the words. The narration is smooth, with the right amount of secrets. Jane Corry knows how to give her readers a good time! I found this one to be on the light side of things, not going as deep as some of her other books. Still, the subject was interesting and the story was just what I needed. 

What did I feel? 

Emily, midwife, living too far from her father, runs away from her life after an event at work. She makes it to the family home to meet Françoise, her father’s carer. Uh! I had questions. Who was this French woman? What had kept Emily from spending more time with Harold, forcing him to ask for external help? I loved discovering the big and beautiful house while seeing the two women eyeing each other, wary, questioning the other’s motives for being here. The alternative voices of Emily and Françoise gave me a broader view on what was happening. I was fascinated by the web of complications we create for ourselves and others.

Did it make me think?

Manipulation takes many forms, lies, unsaid words, can be so hurtful… but can they also be necessary. 

How would I describe it?

A dog-friendly family drama with a touch of History. 

Anything else to add? 

I have a little niggle with a detail in the book. Let me share a quote (note: this is coming from the proof version of the novel, I do not know if this will remain in the final version) 

There are families like this in France who accept mistresses and lovers.

Is this really something foreigners believe? Because let me tell you, French people are not keen on mistresses and lovers more than any other country! I was surprised by this sentence, which I’ll mention is only a thought from Françoise, born and raised in France, and not I hope what the author thinks of how French people live! I had to add a note about it as I reacted strongly to it when I read it. It just didn’t sit well with me.
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