A Twist of Fate by Joanna Rees

April 24, 2012

A Twist of FateWhen I heard that Joanna Rees had a new novel A Twist of Fate coming out soon I was delighted to be sent a proof to read. The very first post that I ever did on my blog was to review her novel Forbidden Pleasures. In a strange twist of fate it launched my blog and a passion for writing (although I have not quite managed a novel) so I was really looking forward to reading this book.

The book starts in the winter forests of East Germany. Two baby sisters are on the back seat of a car. They have been taken from their mother and a new fate awaits each of them.  We follow the different paths taken by the two sisters who have been wrenched apart. Thea lives a life of privilege  in America, daughter of a powerful business man and an Olympic show jumper. Surrounded by well loved staff who feel like family she is happy, until her mother dies and everything changes.

Romy, on the other hand, has a harsh life in an East German orphanage where the children are exploited and degraded. She makes plans to escape with her best friend, Claudia. The plan works to a point and Romy finds herself alone and running for freedom. She has to find a way to survive on the streets and avoid the people who are chasing her.

Unaware of each other’s existence the sisters paths cross many times as we follow their journeys though life. Each of them has different secrets to deal with and different obstacles to battle past. We spend the book wondering if they will be reunited one day, wanting to shout out the truth to them each time they encounter each other.

From the moment I picked up the book I was captivated by the story. I felt like I was standing behind each of the sisters watching a movie of their lives. You could feel the scenery, from the cold European forest where the story starts to the busy metropolis of New York, the sleaziness of Soho in London  and the varied destinations in between.

As we follow them from childhood into adulthood we feel the drama surrounding them unfold. You really feel like you are under the skin of each of the characters, and can understand their feelings and motivations. Every time I put the book down I couldn’t wait to pick it up again to find out what would happen next. The story was enthralling and full of twists and turns which keep you guessing.

The book has it all, drama, intrigue, murder, mystery and love. If you are looking for a book to take with you on holiday then definitely pick this one up. It is a brilliant summer read which I really enjoyed.

The book will be available to buy in August and is available to pre-order now. RRP £6.99

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for review purposes but the opinions are mine.

Other reviews you may be interested in:

The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall

The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon


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