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We All Have Our Secrets

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Leaving this book on my to-read shelf for 5 months was an error as once started I couldn't put it down! It features 93-year-old Harold Gentle, his midwife daughter Emily and his new carer Françoise Alarie. The story is told from their viewpoints over different periods of time - by Françoise and Emily in the present and by Henry in 1945. I can recommend this one to anyone who enjoys an evenly-paced, completely unpredictable, psychological-style thriller. A great read with an addictive plot about family, secrets, guilt and misunderstanding.

I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Penguin UK via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.
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Emily made a mistake, a mistake midwifes can't afford to make. Escaping to her dad's home in Devon to regroup and check in on him – his dementia has been worsening, and her guilt along with it – she is surprised when a beautiful stranger answers the door.

I really enjoyed this book, it keeps you on your toes as you are not sure what is exactly happening and why you keep reading wondering where the plot is taking you. To me this is always the sign of a great read, I like to be kept guessing and wondering whether I will figure out what is really going on. I have read other books by this author and have enjoyed them immensely, this book left me feeling exactly the same. If you have not taken up the opportunity to read one of Jane Corry's books I suggest you do, I am sure you will get as much enjoyment as I have.

Thank you to Netgalley, the author and publisher for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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I read my first Jane Corry book  The Lies We Tell, last year, and very much enjoyed it, so was keen to read another of her books, and it proved to another engaging read.

The book is told from the viewpoints of Emily and Francoise. Emily is a midwife in London - following a mistake at work, she is suspended and decides to go and stay with her elderly father Harold in Cornwall. On arrival she is surprised to discover that, unbeknowst to her, her father has hired a French woman, Francoise, to be his carer. With Emily suspicious of Francoise’s motives, and Francoise viewing Emily as having neglected her father, relations are strained between the two women from the start. But is anyone as straightforward as they would have you believe?

With well-drawn main characters, complex but intriguing, Corry skilfully builds the tension and intrigue and as the viewpoints switch, so does the reader’s view on who is telling the truth and who is to be trusted. Scattered throughout the story are snippets of Harold’s experiences in WW2 and it soon becomes clear that in this story, it is indeed true that everyone has their secrets.

Once again this proved to a be a real page-turner that kept me on my toes and kept me guessing as secret after secret was revealed - Corry successfully blends domestic thriller with family saga, and the book confirmed that she is now an auto-buy author for me.
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I loved the start of this novel were immediate empathy with Emily is gained. Just when you thought this story was going in one direction another twist and turn took it in another. An enjoyable easy read.
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I’ve read quite a few but oks by Jane Corry mainly because I’m pulled in by the summary of the plot. I always end up being in the small percentage of reviewers who aren’t thrilled and again this story was the same for me. So once again to go against the majority view I thought this just an ok book but not the thriller it purports to be. I’ve tried similar styles of having two POV running along side in respect toti e frame and it’s it hit and miss how well it works and in this book it didn’t work well.
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I really enjoyed this book as never knew until the very end what the truth was.  Usually you can guess with a book but not with this story,  it kept me wondering until the very lastI!  A geat read, would definitely recommend.
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Thank you to NetGalley, Penguin Publishing and Jane Corry for an ARC in return for an honest review. 

Emily, an overworked midwife makes a terrible mistake at work, She comes home to stay with her dad to try and sort herself out. Except she is greeted by a young, beautiful french woman who appears to have an ulterior motive.

This is one of Janes best books. It’s a week constructed psychological thriller which keeps you constantly guessing. It is such an intense yet satisfying read. Dark, gripping and thrilling. Absolutely loved it!
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We All Have Our Secrets by Jane Corry     

Emily is a midwife in a hospital in the city and she is in trouble with the senior midwife but instead of facing her problems Emily runs to her elderly father, Harold, who lives on the Cornish coast. Emily wants nothing more then to sit down with her dear father and tell him all her problems and see what he advices her to do but when she arrives at her childhood home the front door is answered by a young French beautiful stranger.  As it turned out Harold now has a live-in carer/companion, Françoise, and Emily does not trust her at all. Where did Françoise come from? Does she have any experience taking care of the elderly? What is she hiding? Emily is determined to find all she can about Françoise. 

I enjoyed this book very much. It took just a few chapters to get into the story and so involved in these people lives I could not wait to see how the story unfolded. 

This book is written in from three points of view and two time slots; From the present; Emily and Françoise and Harold in 1944.

I would like to thank Net Galley and Penguin General UK for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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You can ALWAYS rely on Jane Corry for a twisty thriller and her latest offering does not disappoint!
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The novel begins by introducing us to Emily, a midwife who makes a mistake at work and subsequently takes a leave of absence. She decides to go and stay with her elderly father and upon arrival, she finds him with a new carer named Françoise - a twenty-something French woman.
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Straight away Emily is unsettled by her presence and a tale unfolds. Does Françoise have an ulterior motive?
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This book is such a journey! Everyone has their secrets and as each is revealed it changes everything. It's so cleverly woven together!  I was thoroughly gripped and I REALLY loved Emily as a character and was rooting for her from start to finish.
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The ending was brilliant - satisfying and not what I expected at all!
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I devoured this one and I highly recommend getting your hands on this one - it's out now!
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Massive thanks to Ellie over at @penguinrandomhouse for my ARC in exchange for this review.
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I love a domestic thriller and Jane Corry writes them very well. I've always enjoyed her books and We All Have Our Secrets is no exception.

The novel is told from the points of view of Emily and Françoise. Emily is a midwife in her mid-thirties and following a mistake at work, she is suspended and decides to go back to stay with her elderly father for a while whilst she waits for an inquest.

When she arrives as Willowmead House, her childhood home, she is surprised to find Francoise, a French woman in her twenties, looking after her father. Harold Gentle had put an ad out for a carer. 

The two women have a problem with each other from the beginning. Emily thinking that Françoise is there to extort her old father for money and Françoise thinking that Emily does not appreciate all that she has. Both women and Harold himself all have secrets that they are keeping from each other. After Harold's death, there is a lot of uncover.

Corry writes twists very well and this book kept me guessing throughout. I love how fleshed out the characters are, especially Nick's son Billy and his little facts. A great read!
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She's done it again!!

Love a bit of Jane Corry! Her books are always great thrillers and this one was no exception.
This book was unlike any of Corry's previous books. It felt so much more epic. It spanned many locations and was a really intriguing slow burn.
I was hooked from the start! 
I loved the different perspectives and the different timelines- this just added to the intrigue. 
Perfect thriller - would make a great beach read!
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I enjoy Jane Corry’s books and was excited to receive an advance copy of her new novel.

Emily is a midwife, juggling work with visiting her elderly father when she can. After an incident at work, she visits her dad to find that a young French woman is now his “carer”. She is understandably suspicious of Françoise’s motives.

The story is mainly set in the present day, alternating between the points of view of Françoise and Emily. There are also chapters set in 1945, from Harold’s viewpoint.

The story is easy to read, with nice short chapters. 

I didn’t like any of the characters but still found myself wondering who to trust. There are plenty twists in the story and it is readable.

I thought the ending was a bit too twee and convenient but enjoyed the story overall.

Thanks to Penguin Random House and NetGalley for a copy to review.
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Jane Corry never fails to deliver.  I’ve read a few of her books and each one is different.  I absolutely loved this tale which explores love and loss, but in a really compelling and intriguing way.  The two central characters are very different.  Emily seeks refuge from her life and goes to stay with her father in Cornwall.  He has a new care, Francoise.  These two central characters p,at so well off one another.  Totally plausible and it soon become clear that each has secrets.  But what are they hiding or running from.

The plotting is tight and as usual, the reader is kept guessing as bits of the past are revealed through switches in timeline.  Well written and satisfying. 

My thanks to the publisher for a review copy via Netgalley.
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I found this book an okay read. Nothing amazing and certainly not as good as the previous book I read by this author. I did not like how the characters were always second guessing themselves about each other’s motives. Seemed a bit fake in my opinion. The ending was a fairly happy one. 
Thank you to the publishes, NetGalley and the author for an ARC in exchange for my honest thoughts.
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A gripping story of Emily who returns home to find a stranger caring for her dad called  Francoise who both have secrets. Loved the characters and the the secret they are trying to hide. Emily is suspicious of Francoise intentions and Francoise is suspicious of why Emily has suddenly returned from London.
Could not put this down as the twists make you want to find out more.
Highly recommended and cannot wait to read more books by Jane Corey.
Thanks to NetGalley & Penguin General UK for a advanced copy.
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Nothing is quite as it seems in this story, every character has a secret they are keeping making the title perfect!
Switching between main characters Emily, a midwife who has returned to her family home following an incident she wants to forget and Francoise, the carer who has been looking after Emily’s aging father.

There were times when I loved both characters and others where I didn’t trust them. I was constantly changing my mind about who I trusted and believed in. I wanted desperately to get to the bottom and discover their secrets.
Jane has a way with words and weaves a fantastic story around interesting characters.

Thanks again to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book
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Thank you to #NetGalley for my advance copy of #WeAllHaveOurSecrets by #JaneCorry

This book is so compelling I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to find the answers to the secrets.   
Emily knows Francoise is lying and Francoise knows Emily is lying.  Who is telling the truth?
An enthralling story of family and love and what happens when we get things wrong.
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When Emily retreats to her childhood home after making a serious mistake in her job as a midwife, she is surprised to find that her elderly father has employed a live-in carer. In this story, nothing is as it seems - the young, attractive French carer, Francoise, Emily’s father, whose declining health makes him unreliable and difficult, and Emily herself, who is in denial about the seriousness of her work situation and is instinctively distrustful of the domestic situation she encounters at her father’s house. The story, though compelling, doesn’t live up to its potential, but it is ani teresting read.
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My thanks to Penguin U.K. for an eARC via NetGalley of ‘We All Have Our Secrets’ by Jane Corry.

Oh my! I read a fair few  psychological thrillers/domestic dramas and this proved a twisty treat that had me hooked from the start.

Emily is a midwife whose career is in jeopardy following a bad decision. Suspended while waiting for an official enquiry Emily returns to Willowmead House, her family home on the Cornish coast. 

She is more than surprised when a beautiful young French woman answers the door. It turns out that her elderly father has engaged a new live-in carer, who Emily feels is overly familiar with her Daddy.
Emily is convinced that Francoise has a,sinister agenda and sets out to discover the truth….

Corry allows Francoise to have her say, which allows for a fuller perspective than if we just had Emily’s point of view. While there were certainly plenty of twists along the way, I felt that they emerged organically. 

Overall, I found ‘We All Have Our Secrets’ an intriguing psychological thriller that I ended up reading in a single sitting as I just couldn’t put it down.
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An intricate story switching between England and France and a timeline switching backwards and forwards from the second world war to present day.
Absorbing, and engrossing, had me at page one.
People's lives/careers and how they impact on others. 
A compulsive read.
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