A Life Worth Living by Louise Guy

‘Identical twins, two very different women.’

Leah and Eve are identical twins, living in Melbourne.  Leah has been in a relationship with Grant for six years: they are about to have a celebratory anniversary dinner, and Leah is expecting a proposal.  But Grant breaks off their relationship without explanation.  Leah is devastated. And her job is not going so well either.

Eve is married to Sean and has identical twin daughters: Harriet and Ava. But Eve is dissatisfied.  She is strict with her daughters, distant from Sean, and spending less and less time with her family.

Eve convinces Leah to attend her best friend’s 40th birthday party in the Dandenong Ranges.  It is a costume party, and the two of them are identically dressed.  But neither of them will make it to the party, and lives will be changed forever.

A spur of the moment decision leads to secrets.  And secrets have a way of snowballing and damaging those they are intended to protect.

There are a couple of improbable twists in this novel, but I became some engrossed in the story I really did not care.  The main characters are well developed, and I kept reading wanting to know how it would end.  I finished the novel satisfied.

This is the first novel I have read by Ms Guy.  I will add her others to my reading list.

Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Amazon Publishing UK for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. 

Jennifer Cameron-Smith