Identical twin sisters take very different paths, leading to long-buried family secrets that reverberate through the generations in this thrilling novel of psychological suspense by the author of Tell Me How It Ends
'I LOVED IT ... WONDERFUL! IT'S TENDER, FULL OF COMPLICATED EMOTIONS AND MOTIVES, AND SO READABLE' Elizabeth Buchan
Identical twin sisters Freya and Shona take very different paths, leading to long-buried family secrets that reverberate through the generations in this thrilling novel of psychological suspense by the author of Tell Me How It Ends. There are some choices you can't come back from.
It is 1944 in war-battered London. Freya and Shona are identical twins, close despite their different characters. Freya is a newly qualified doctor treating the injured in an East End hospital, while Shona has been recruited by the SOE. The sisters are so physically alike that they can fool people into thinking that one is the other. It's a game they've played since childhood. But when Shona persuades her twin to swap roles to meet her Polish lover, he is angered at being tricked.
Then Shona proposes a far more dangerous swapping of roles. At first Freya refuses but finally she agrees, with consequences that threaten not only the happiness but the lives of both sisters.
Forty-five years later in November 1989 Freya, now aged 69, is watching television with her daughter Kirsty. Freya is gripped as she witnesses crowds of Berliners attempting to knock down their hated Wall. This sight stirs memories of her own and her sister's war, especially the tragedy of the Warsaw Uprising - memories that she has never shared with anyone. Even if she wanted to reveal them now, she can't. She's suffering from a brain tumour and is unable to speak although her reason is unimpaired. And this is what she's thinking: if they succeed in knocking down the Wall, what secrets will come tumbling through? If her own were revealed, it would be devastating for all those close to her, especially her daughter, Kirsty.
Mesmerising and powerful, with an extraordinary sense of time and place and characters you will never forget - Elly Griffiths on Tell Me How It Ends
Gripping and subtle ... a fabulous study in ambivalence, guilt and yearning - Elizabeth Buchan on Tell Me How It Ends
I loved this elegant and enthralling novel. A spellbinding read - Louise Candlish on Tell Me How It Ends
With clear homages to film noir, this intriguing read will grip you from the start Woman & Home - Woman & Home on Tell Me How It Ends
V. B. Grey is a television screenwriter whose credits include Jimmy McGovern's BAFTA award-winning Accused: Tina's Story as well as over thirty-five episodes of Midsomer Murders, Casualty, Rosemary and Thyme, The Bill and Wycliffe. She has also written non-fiction and been a magazine editor and freelance journalist. Her previous novels, written under the name Isabelle Grey, include two psychological thrillers, The Bad Mother and Out Of Sight as well as four books in the DI Grace Fisher series, Good Girls Don't Die, Shot Through the Heart,The Special Girls and Wrong Way Home. Her first novel written under the name V. B. Grey, Tell Me How It Ends, was published to great acclaim. She grew up in Manchester and now lives in north London.