Author: Jane Corry
Publisher: Penguin Viking
Available: 23rd June 2022 available in Paperback, eBook & Audiobook
Thank you to Ellie Hudson & Penguin/Viking for my gifted copy and for having me on the blog tour for this book. My review is based on my experience of the book and any thoughts expressed here are solely mine alone.
You know she’s lying…
But so are you?
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…
But should some secrets stay buried forever?
It is my great pleasure to be sharing my thoughts with you as Jane’s latest book We All Have Our Secrets is hitting bookshop shelves near you today. Now I must confess, despite being an avid crime fiction reader until I picked up this book, I had never read any of Jane’s previous work…more fool me! This novel was a dark delight, brimming with duplicity, deceit and domestic drama and I simply could not stop turning its pages, as I was compelled to seek resolution and relief from the growing tension as the plot ebbed and flowed, peppering my thoughts with potential outcomes…just when I presumed to know the truth, I realised I didn’t…which is deliciously devious and diverting! This book certainly deserves a place in your crime collection and I am thrilled to have added it to mine and I have no doubt I will be adding more of Jane’s books in the future!
Let me give you a taste of the story, without any spoilers obviously… (I hope!) Told in dual narration, in mainly alternating chapters from the individual perspectives of the female protagonists – Emily and Francoise. Although Emily’s father Harold and his wartime experiences and past life illuminate and offset the present, giving you further aspects to consider and of course there is Zorro the dog (who definitely holds a special place in this reader’s affection).
As you omnipotently watch events unfold, coloured by the characters voices, thoughts, and secrets! Emily is a midwife in London but a dreadful situation at work, sees her suspended and leaves her hard-earned career hanging in the balance. In the face of such trying circumstances, she seeks the solace of familiarity and retreats to the Cornish coast and Willowmead House, her childhood home and residence of her elderly father, who at the glorious age of 93 is succumbing to the ravages of dementia. Planning on putting the fraught events in London behind her, she is not expecting to be greeted at the door by a young attractive French woman, who claims to be her father’s carer! For Emily suspicion is rife…is Francoise, all that she seems…or does she have an ulterior motive?
Emily is determined to find out! However, we also have Francoise’s point of view which as it turns out is equally compelling. I don’t know about you, but very often when reading a crime novel, I tend to gravitate towards a character, believing their intentions and interactions are the ones I can relate to and trust…and I found it instinctive to follow Emily’s narrative and convince myself, she is the heroine of the piece or the wounded party but then comes the dichotomy…Francoise’s stance is equally appealing and seemingly sincere but what if my assumptions here are flawed and neither of them is truthful in their assertions…and therein lies the brilliance of Jane’s clever, intricate, creative novel; her marvellous ability to manipulate and mould the implication of truth and fallibility of perception! Which of her protagonists is the victim, which of them is the villain, could they be both or neither??? Well now…that’s for me to know and you to discover!
I was thoroughly immersed and engaged by and in this novel, its divine blending themes; family, identity, regret, rage and resolution and its potent, poignant intellectual and emotional conundrums, which made it for me, an impressive and unforgettable read and my only regret was that I finished it so quickly, I shall know for my next read of Jane’s to pace myself better! I hope you are as enthralled in reading it as I have been. You’ll just have to pop out and get yourself a copy now.
Happy Reading Bookophiles…
About the Author:
Jane Corry is a writer and journalist (Daily Telegraph and women’s magazines) who worked for three years as the writer in residence of a high security male prison. This experience helped inspire her Sunday Times Penguin bestsellers ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘Blood Sisters’, ‘The Dead Ex’, ‘I Looked Away’ ‘I Made A Mistake’, ‘o Tell The Truth’ and ‘We All Have Our Secrets’. She has now sold over a million copies of her books world-wide.
Jane also writes short stories as well as a weekly digital column about being a granny for My Weekly. As well as this, she speaks at literary festivals all over the world. Many of her ideas strike during morning dog-jogs along the beach followed by a dip in the sea – no matter how cold it is!
Jane’s brand-new thriller ‘We All Have Our Secrets’ is being published on June 24 by Penguin Viking and is available for pre-order. http://linktr.ee/janecorry. You can find Jane on Twitter at @JaneCorryAuthor and on Facebook at JaneCorryAuthor as well as Instagram. See website for details of events. www.janecorryauthor.com.
Please do read some of the other reviews on this blog tour.