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Hard not to plot spoil but I may be forgiven for a name drop I hope. The central character Verity has always been looking for her non-existent twin soul from a young age. Whether soul or soul mate, early on it is hard to tell where this book will lead. Inevitable it leads to Love, love affairs, spite, misinterpretation, all the things that exist across relationships. The author develops multiple bi-lateral relationships throughout, all dysfunctional on some level, Verity always perhaps hopeful for a more perfect meeting of souls. Whether it is Verity and her mother, Verity and her husband Ned, her lover, her husband and his brother or her husband and his son and deeply scared daughter, Her husband and his ex-wife and dead wife, there are it seems always two in each relationship but of course, ultimately there are always more.
This is a gifted exploration of love in relationships but in particular it is an exploration of the brutality of betrayal. The narrative is as always with Lesley Hayes, simply stunning and the dialogue sharp and it constantly drives the story on. The end when it arrives, is a total surprise and it is a fantastic way to wrap up yet another simply magnificent book from one of my favourite authors. Lesley Hayes, take a bow, everyone else, pick this book up, a fantastic read.
When I saw that this, her most recent novel was available, I was astounded it had been completed so soon after her last great read, Dangerous People and before that The Drowned Phoenician Sailor. All are compelling books replete with characters that reflect the author’s psychological expertise in understanding people and how the mind can work to play tricks upon unsuspecting victims or manipulative and predatory villains. With such individuals filling her pages the reader can become so engrossed the story takes over and all else is forgotten or put aside. As happened to me.
I had a to-do list intended for that particular day and resolved to get started right after my coffee. Getting started for me is always an iffy proposition but it was certainly right up there as a resolution in the planning stage. With the day ahead of me, I decided I would get as much done as I could then relax with The Other Twin. It didn’t happen.
Once it was downloaded, I was curious. I wanted to see how it started. Then I wanted to see what came next. By then I was totally hooked. The to-do list was ignored on my desk and I took to the couch. After a few hours I left that to make a fruit smoothie and returned to the book. Dinner fortunately had already been made the day before and the most pressing things were feeding Gaia, my beautiful German Shepherd, and taking her outside to sniff and stretch her legs. After that and a few hours later it took no time at all to pour myself a glass of wine and heat the remains of my left over dinner. It was, after all, late in the afternoon and I needed something to sustain me as I continued to read.
Let’s just say that the day passed in one of those glorious periods of time when a really good book totally occupies your thoughts and the rest of the world and its happenings are abandoned. For me that was until about 1:30 am in bed the following morning! Until then I couldn’t put down what I had started the previous day.
The Other Twin totally deserves the description of a page-turner. Not only did Lesley Hayes generate yet another great read, she did it close on the heels of her last one. In awe of such prolific creativity I can only hope her next book is in the works to be published soon. When that occurs, I will be the first to consider any to-do list lying around as of secondary importance and indulge in reading yet another of her wonderful novels. The Other Twin is a five star novel at its best!
Verity was a happily married woman until she met a man who made her feel more alive than she had in a very long time. Her admirer was charming, fun, and understanding. He also felt like the twin soul whom Verity had dreamt about since childhood. Verity justified her time with this handsome stranger by convincing herself that he was only a friend. And, she certainly needed more of them! Although Verity told herself, that their luncheons were innocent, she knew deep in her soul, that any meeting with a man, held in secret from her husband, wasn’t innocent at all.
This book captivated me from the first page until the very last. The author brings the reader into the hearts and minds of her characters by describing their thoughts and emotions with razor-sharp acuity. Ms. Hayes, crafts this story, using her expert knowledge of the unhealthy mind. She sheds light on the true nature of her characters, their behaviors, and personality disorders; bringing clarity and understanding to the reader. This along with the author’s elegant writing style makes for a very enjoyable, rich, and enlightening reading experience. I loved it.
This is the second five-star book that I have read by Lesley Hayes, it surely, though, won’t be my last. Don’t miss reading this talented author’s work. Highly recommended.
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