Emily returns home to see her Dad following an incident at work and she is taken aback at the presence of Francoise, taking an instant dislike.
Franchise had responded to an ad in the paper to carer for elderly Harold Gentle whose health is declining rapidly.
The story is told from both the perspectives of the women and is interspersed with flashbacks from Harold's time at war. An interesting read where all is not what it seems.
An OK read. Started out very promising and full of intrigue but did start to drag a bit and I lost a bit of interest.
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 . . . But should some secrets stay buried forever?
Absolute page Turner. Coun not put it down
Suspenseful and intriguing drama about Emily, a midwife who returns to the family home after making a mistake at work, her 93 year old father and his new carer, Francoise.
Told from different points of view, the book spans different time periods to weave together . This book is an intense domestic drama and it was very easy to wrap yourself up in it to its dramatic conclusion.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the arc in exchange for my honest review.
*Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.*
Oh, Jane Corry. Your books used to be so good and they seem to be diminishing in quality each time. But this wasn't all bad!
I felt a lot for Emily's dad; I lost my own dad quite recently, and the scenes with him were heartbreaking. But even they couldn't fix the unbelievable storyline about his past relationships and how it's now coming back to haunt him.
A pleasant read from Jane Corry, although I did not enjoy this one as much as some of her other books.
Tells the story of nurse Emily as she comes home after an accident at work to find Francoise, a stranger, caring for her sick father.
Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin for letting me review this book in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher & Jane for the ARC.
Another twisty thriller from a brilliant author. The plot was well outlined, and easy to follow, but difficult to predict. Full of intrigue, would absolutely recommend this psychological thriller.
Emily is a midwife a job that can. It be undertaken by the faint hearted. That pressure and uncertainty every day. So when Emily becomes distracted and mistakes happen she turns to her childhood home for comfort only to find things have changed.
Emily is someone we would all want as a friend but she doesn’t seem to have many at all. Just an old flame back at home.
The story follows Emily and her fathers house keeper. A French maid who Emily believes has been sent to make her life hell.
I could not put the book down but felt the story went on for too long. Not enough characters for me to fall in love with and not the usual twists and turns I would expect from Cody’s books. Definitely worth a read though.
I have up and down relationships with Jane's books, and sadly this was a downside. The writing was rather mundane, repetitive, and not well developed. I also didn't like the inclusion of Francoise, and thought her chapters brought down the pace of the book.
Two daughters. One daughter who nobody ever knew about and one daughter which was very much known about but never was.
This book is a dual narrative written from the point of of view of Emily, Francoise and a historical narrative from Henry Gentle from 1945. Emily is the daughter of a successful solicitor whose family home is by the sea in Cornwall, Emily's mother has passed away and Emily now lives in London and works as a successful midwife, successful that it until she makes a mistake,
Emily has never been married and had no children of her own and whilst she is suspended from her post, she goes home to stay with her elderly father only to find a beautiful stranger open the door to her.
The beautiful stranger is Francoise the second narrative and turns out to be her dads new carer,
The two women are very suspicious of the other and then suddenly Emily's father Henry deteriorates and dies. Is one of the women responsible as they both have their secrets.
This is a good mystery. There is no sense of menace but is atmospheric along the stormy coastline of Cornwall There are twists and turns and of course the plot takes you down dead ends. So many assumptions are made and the historical content is all relevant. It does have a 'nice' end which feels odd for a thriller but I liked it..
#WeAllHaveOurSecrets but I'm not going to spoil any more secrets of this book in this review,
With thanks to #NetGalley and Penguin General UK-Fig Tree, Hamish Hamilton, Viking, Penguin Life, Penguin Buisness for the electronic preview read.
An ok read
Have read others by this author which where better
But it hasn’t put me off reading more
Just because I didn’t think it was great doesn’t mean someone else won’t enjoy it
As always with Jane Corey this was a beautifully written book. I read it far too quickly & really needed more. More development of both the characters and the story lines would have made this a great book. I really didn’t believe it and in this sort of book it needs to be relatable & believable. The ending was just too predictable too.
The story took off fantastically well in true Jane Corry fashion: the characters of Emily and Francois were pitted against each other at the very start. This created tension and a great deal of anticipation as to who was telling the truth and who was lying. And why. And what their next move would be. I began to invest myself in their respective tales. Secrets were insinuated with only morsels revealed one at the time as the story progressed. Critical past events provided explanation and additional characters made well-judged entry onto the scene to generate more layers and more complexity. With his war experiences conveyed in the first person and a further character development in the present moment, Harold was a particularly unpredictable and intriguing protagonist. I couldn't wait to turn the next page, and the next, and the next as I headed towards what I expected to be a series of dark and twisty revelations.
They didn't come.
Perhaps I set the bar too high because I found the ending most disappointing. A promising thriller turned into a soppy family saga. The final disclosure was overly sentimental and instead of twists I was served with a sugary happy ending. The pawns moved across the board to and fro, and to again without any sense of direction. There was no element of surprise and no nuance which I had come to expect from Jane Corry's books.
Overall, despite the brilliant start, I can't really give the book more than three stars.
I am not discouraged from reading Jane Corry. I just think that We All Have Our Secrets isn't one of her trademark thrillers but an experiment with a different, softer genre which simply isn't my cup of tea. So, if you enjoy a tale of family secrets and the past messing with the present and manipulating the future, then this book may well be for you.
Thank you to Ellie Hudson for the invitation to the blog tour for Jane’s latest book and to Penguin UK Books for my proof copy of the book.
Emily is a midwife and an incident at work sends her back to Willowmead House, which is in a quiet coastal village by the sea and where her elderly father Harold Gentle lives. When she arrives, she is in for another surprise as there is Frenchwoman, Francoise living there with her father. Francoise has answered an advertisement from the retired lawyer for a carer/companion. Harold has really taken to her and Emily is horrified by the closeness of the pair. She does not trust Francoise at all and sees her as a golddigger. Work calls Emily back to London and we learn more abour Francoise and her background.
I always enjoy Jane’s books as they are so engrossing and twisty, this one is written from three perspectives Emily, Francoise and a young Harry Gentle. All three are hiding things from the past and the present, which adds to the suspense of this book. There are secrets and lies aplenty in this story and every page has more turns. I love a book with a unreliable narrator and in this book I had no idea who to trust and who not to. I didn’t really like any of the characters, which made it even easier to be suspicious of them all. When Francoise reveals who she really is then things take an even more dramatic turn.
It’s a gripping thriller which I galloped through, I enjoyed the family aspect of the book and I was not sure where it would end and it had Jane’s trademark twist to conclude.
A great read !
4.5 stars ****.5
Two women with secrets and a deep mistrust of each other. One is hiding and one is running. Both are lying. Emily makes a terrible mistake in her career, so heads to her father at the family homestead only to discover that a young French woman has moved in and changed all the routines. Her father thinks Francoise is an angel, but Emily doesn't trust her. After a death shrouded in doubts, both women find themselves pitted against the other. Is anyone telling the truth? A great storyline starts strongly. Ending is a little over explained in order to tie up all the ends. #weallhaveoursecrets #janecorry #netgalley
This was ok. The 'twist' was fairly obvious from very early on, although the age gaps made me feel slightly quesy and seemed really unfeasible. I worked out that Harold would have been 58 and 71 years at the age of each conception...
The writing was very basic, especially the chapters in Francoise perspective, possibly as English was her second language?
It felt quite repetitive and like it was trying to build up some kind of tension, that we never actually achieved.
It was an easy palate cleanser after a couple of difficult heavy books prior to this and I read it in a couple of hours.
This novel started with things being covered up from the get go and you quickly get pulled in as a reader. There is an excellent flow to the story and its easy to understand even if the twists and turns are being thrown at you left, right and center.
A great story with well thought our likable and more importantly relatable characters.
This is a very complex and convoluted story woven over several timelines with several characters. Essentially it is a story of love, lies, family and secrets.
Emily is a midwife who loves her job. One fateful day an error occurs which changes her life. She flees London to stay with her elderly father, however when she gets there a young French lady is caring for him.
Told by all three characters the story is compulsive reading and builds to a good climax.
Well written and interesting characters.
OK I admit that when I started reading this book I did question why I had downloaded it as I really didn’t like the characters and started to wonder whether I should persevere. I am glad to report that I did push through and started to enjoy the various characters and their stories. I liked the way we learned about Emily, the daughter who was troubled to find her widowed father had employed an attractive young female carer, Francoise. Then we get Francoise’s pov and learn about her life. This story grows on you to the point you end up really caring about each character.
I'm sorry to say that this was really, really awkward. It was terribly written, in a very childish style. It veered between saccharine-sweet and over-the-top (unrealistically) nasty. The characters were quite unlikeable and I really didn't care what happened to any of them.