Release date - 15th March 2018
Book length - 256 pages
Publisher - Dome Press
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
I want to thank Emily from www.thedomepress.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with a copy of this book for review. I also have a excellent guest post from Shelan which you can read further down, so thank you Shelan!
ABOUT THE BOOK
What is the truth? 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 by Shelan Rodger is a stunning novel that will simply blow you away.
Now this review is going to be a little different as this story really must be read to be enjoyed and I do not want to say too much or give too much away.
Jenny and Pippa are twins and connected in a way that cannot truly be described. The story opens with Jenny as a grown woman living in Argentina, teaching English as a foreign language and expressing herself in her own unique way. Jenny sees a therapist and opens up to him and tells him her story ... or a story. But as the book proceeds, the characters and their past unfolds before us and there is so much emotion trapped within these pages that it will be hard for you to put this book down.
The chapters are short and snappy which perfectly suits the overall mood of the novel, and the characters are truly unique, and I must say its hard to pin down how I felt about them. There is a melodious quality to this story as it flows from one page to another and I desperately wanted to figure out exactly what happened to Jenny and Pippa - I needed to know what was fact and what was fiction, and that twist!! Gripping, compelling, and fresh, TWIN TRUTHS by Shelan Rodger is a novel to be savoured and I highly recommend it.
Why do we love twists?
A good twist in a novel is like a big dipper moment on a roller coaster ride – we feel the lurch in our stomach as the world we believed in turns upside down. But what is it that makes this pleasurable? Why does it excite us to be taken by surprise? Why is it so thrilling to be proved wrong (or maybe, if we had started to see it coming, to be proved right)?
Yes, a good twist is entertaining, but I think there is more to it than that. I think it has something to do with the fact the twist is actually a reflection or expression of something much more prevalent in real life than we tend to assume. Real life can be a scary place, where reality is constantly changing and unpredictable. People lead double lives, pasts explode, secrets exist and take their toll, we are confronted suddenly with something outside our control, people change or reveal a whole new side to their personality. In real life, all of this is messy and ongoing. But in fiction, we can allow our fears and emotions to run wild in the knowledge that it is safe and has an end. In fiction, there is poetry in a twist. Its power to shock, to reveal, to make sense of chaos, or turn order upside down creates a frisson as the lightbulb moment hits us. The lightbulb flash is a challenge charged with adrenalin - has us racing backwards, re-evaluating everything we’ve assumed about a reality that has just transformed itself.
Reality is not straightforward. We know that, and yet we tend to live as if our perception of reality is sacrosanct. We tend to live as if we know who we are, as if we really know those we love. And yet life’s road is full of unexpected twists and turns. Some are exciting, some are appalling. Some might change us completely, some might ground us even more firmly in the essence of the ‘I’ that we believe in – but they always cause some kind of evolution in our being, always create consequences in our own personal story.
Fiction creates a safe playground for our fears and intuitions, a place where we can feel empathy and question the nature of reality, a place where it is easier to accept that things are not always what they seem. And the twist is a powerful way to experience that.
In Twin Truths, I wanted to achieve an ending that was as much a twist for the protagonist as for the reader. A twist that exposes the elasticity of reality. Twin Truths – two truths: the truth the protagonist has lived and the retrospective truth that is discovered. In the end, which one is more real?
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.
For more information:
Website - www.shelanrodger.com
Twitter - twitter.com/ShelanRodger
Facebook - www.facebook.com/ShelanRodgerAuthor/
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