The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen

4 Stars from me

I read this book as part of a book group – this is the beauty of being in a book group, otherwise I would never deviate from crime thrillers!

The Other Half of Augusta Hope is told from the standpoint of Augusta and a boy called Parfait. At first this is jarring and I found myself more interested in the ‘Augusta’ sections, but then before I knew it I was equally invested in both and found the parallel stories both as captivating.

Who is the other half of Augusta Hope? Was one of our book review questions. Some felt it was her twin, some felt it was Parfait, some felt it was Spain.

I liked the ‘what goes around comes around’ sense of the story and I am so glad I read this book, it is a great debut for Joanna Glen.

Blurb: Augusta Hope has never felt like she fits in.

At six, she’s memorising the dictionary. At seven, she’s correcting her teachers. At eight, she spins the globe and picks her favourite country on the sound of its name: Burundi.

And now that she’s an adult, Augusta has no interest in the goings-on of the small town where she lives with her parents and her beloved twin sister, Julia.

When an unspeakable tragedy upends everything in Augusta’s life, she’s propelled headfirst into the unknown. She’s determined to find where she belongs – but what if her true home, and heart, are half a world away?


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