Title: We All Have Our Secrets by Jane Corry
Published by: Penguin
Genre: Crime & Thriller
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?
We All Have Our Secrets is a compelling read that had me gripped the whole way through. It explores family relationships, past mistakes and the resulting secrets.
We have the perspective of Emily and Françoise in the present day, and then there’s a few chapters from Harold’s point of view in 1945 at the end of the second World War. I really enjoyed Emily and Françoise’s chapters, and I was interested to see how Harold’s chapters would tie into the story.
The first half of the story is very tense as Emily returns home to discover her father has a carer. She’s upset with her father for not telling her that he needed help and she also doesn’t trust Françoise’s motivations to help him. The second half of the story introduces Françoise’s perspective and I thought that was excellent as it made me unsure of who to trust. Emily’s mistake at her job and her injury make her an unreliable narrator, but then Françoise also seems to be hiding her own secrets. I was relying solely on their individual narratives to figure out who to trust and it was very difficult. Every time I thought I’d figured them out, there was an unexpected twist that left me unsure of who was telling the truth. I was constantly switching sides and found myself sympathising with them one minute and shaking my head the next. I did feel sorry for both of them though as they were competing for Harold’s affection and he seemed to treat them both quite horribly.
Overall, it’s an intriguing read that has plenty of twists and turns to keep you invested, while also keeping the mystery tightly under wraps. It’s a gripping read from start to finish and I highly recommend it.
A massive thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of this book and inviting me to join the blog tour!