Saturday, 5 July 2014
Twin Truths by Shelan Rodger
Jenny and Pippa are twins. Like many twins they often know what the other is thinking. They complete each other. When one of the twins disappears the other woman is left to face the world alone as she tries to find out what happened to her "other half". Vividly set in Argentina, Brazil, Greece and the UK, Shelan Rodger's stunning debut is a beautiful examination of identity and how much this is moulded by our relationships with others.
As the title suggests this book is about Twins, the relationship between them and Truths and all of the things that entails. Ohh but it is so much more than that. You have to dive in and devour this one. It absorbs you, pulls you in and spits you out at the end with one hell of a twist that I for one did not see coming. I will not go any further into the plot, to do so would spoil enjoyment for others.
I love the fact that we got to follow the story of Jenny and Pippa from their childhood into adulthood. I found it a great insight into how the events that happen to us can shape our future. Also that things are never quite what they seem on the surface, we just need to scratch that bit deeper.
Everything is in there, the plot is superb, the psychological element outstanding and a growing suspense throughout that is second to none.
The prose is beautiful even lyrical in parts. This is an outstanding accomplishment that has left me thinking for days.
If you like clever fiction that has something to say, a point to make then this is one that you certainly shouldn't miss.
I would like to thank Cutting Edge Press for sending me my copy to review, they have managed to publish yet another stunning work. Please check them out as the have some amazing authors and titles.
Twin Truths was published in June 2014.
About the Author:
Shelan'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.