Twin Truths – Shelan Rodger

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What is the truth? Twin Truths Cover

And how do you recognise it when you hear it?

Jenny and Pippa are twins. Like many twins they often know what the other is thinking. They complete each other. When Pippa disappears Jenny is left to face the world alone, as she tries to find out what happened to her ‘other half.’ But the truth, for Jenny, can be a slippery thing.

Twin Truths was published by Dome Press on the 15th March 2018. Many thanks to Dome Press for inviting me to join this blog tour and for my copy of the book for this review.

My Review

What is the truth? And how do you recognise it when you hear it? The opposite of truth isn’t always a lie…

Well if those questions are not enough to get you to pick up Twin Truths I don’t know what is! I was intrigued with the premise of this book from the outset and found myself drawn in quickly by the slightly unhinged Jenny!

Jenny and Pippa are identical twins and as children were as thick as thieves, literally doing everything together….they were the proverbial ‘two peas in a pod’. The book opens with the world from Jenny’s perspective, we learn from the outset that she is a bit of a lost soul in Argentina teaching English and is in therapy, for what we learn later. We hear from Jenny’s perspective during the first part of the book. In part two, we hear from Pippa which gives an interesting insight into Jenny’s personality and the events that took Jenny to Argentina.

It is so difficult to talk about this book without giving anything away – this is most definitely one of those books where it is best going in with as little knowledge as possible to get the full effect from its narrative and storyline.

What I loved most about this book was the multi-layered narrative, to start with the story is deliberately disjointed so is somewhat confusing as to what is happening in Jenny’s life and why. However, Shelan Rodger then carefully and intentionally unravels the history, the reasons and the why. In adulthood, Jenny and Pippa are very different, this comes through brilliantly through the different tone of voice the author uses for each of the women.

I thoroughly enjoyed Yellow Room last year so I was looking forward to reading another of Rodger’s books as she has such a wonderful, descriptive but strong writing style to her books. In Twin Truths, the locations that she takes her reader to are brought fully to life.

Twin Truths is a difficult book to read as deals with some tough subjects but, in my opinion is most definitely worth it.

About the Author

unnamedShelan’s life is a patchwork of different cultures. Born in Nigeria, she grew up among the Tiwi, an aboriginal community in Australia, and moved to England at the age of eleven. After graduating in Modern Languages from Oxford, she travelled to Argentina, where she spent nine years teaching and setting up a language school. Another chapter in England was followed by six years in Kenya, where she got involved in learning and development, with an emphasis on anti-discrimination. She now lives in Spain, working in international education – and writing.

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