When a young woman kills herself, it seems like suicide and is ruled that way by the police. Another young life wasted, a tragedy. A whole family is being torn apart, a town is grieving, and the Deputy Prime Minister feels like his heart is torn out from his chest and the light has gone from his world.
See, the young woman who allegedly committed suicide was the Deputy’s mistress. All very hush, hush, of course. But not everything is what it seems like.
When Lorna’s twin sister; Laurie shows up at Downing Street as an intern as her sister before her, all hell breaks loose, and the Deputy Prime Minister is just about to lose his mind. But Laurie is there with a secret agenda; she doesn’t believe that her sister killed herself. She would never do that. Laurie wants to dig out the truth, even if she has to team up with the man her sister slept with and just might be her killer.
Prime Deception is an amazing read from Carys, I enjoyed every page and found it incredible hard to put it down. It is partly a sad story, on many accounts; Lorna killing herself (or did she?), Charles (the Deputy Prime Minister) losing his first true love, the sad marriage between Charles and his wife; Elaine and the twin left behind after her sisters so-called suicide; Laurie.
There are so many layers in this story, and you keep wondering who the culprit could’ve been. Was it an accident? Did Lorna kill herself? If she didn’t commit suicide, then who killed her? Faye, the Deputy Prime Minister’s secretary? Elaine, his wife? A jealous ex-boyfriend? The reporter who needed a good story? Or maybe it was the Deputy Prime Minister himself, to conceal the affair. The truth is revealed in the end, and although I had the culprit in question in my sights, I had almost dismissed the person as being the murder, because it just couldn’t be that person. But it was. Oy. :-D
Charles is in the beginning truly chocked at seeing Laurie since she looks so much alike her twin Lorna. He really did love Lorna, but never had the chance to say it to her directly, and now he thinks he got a second chance with Laurie. It never truly crosses his mind that she isn’t interested in him that way. It is a bit disturbing to see him go down that road, and yet… very understandable. He wants to rectify his actions. It has been tormenting him for six months; did he pushed her off the edge when he decided to cut off the affair? So he pushes all this on Laurie, hoping she can be the band aid to his gaping internal wound. But she can’t be. She can barely function on her own, never mind patching up others. Laurie just wants to know what really happened to her sister so she can move on, close to the hole in her chest, and maybe, just maybe, make her parents realize that they still got a daughter.
The way Laurie’s parents treat her after her twin sister’s death is horrifying. I get that they’re distraught by Lorna’s death and that she was the more dominant twin, the outgoing one, but they completely disregard Laurie. All she is to them is a painful reminder of the daughter they lost, not the daughter they still have. A daughter who lost someone close to her as well, but can’t be allowed to mourn properly.
And don’t get me started on the dysfunctional marriage between Charles and his wife; Elaine. Just don’t. They never married out of love, but necessity. They were a good couple, he would be something big one day, and she would be his trophy wife. It never truly worked between them, but they’re keeping up pretence for the media’s sake, because it certainly wouldn’t look good if the Deputy Prime Minister got a divorce. Elaine is clinging to her husband’s title, she never got a life of her own, a mind of her own. All that matters to her is keeping up with the Stepford wife charade, to flash her designer clothes, cling to her husband’s arm, to show him off. It’s really sad.
All in all, Carys has created a wonderful thriller that will keep you on your toes and make you turn the pages in a hurry to get more of the story.
When Lorna Thomas is found dead in her car everyone believes she killed herself. But the day after her death Lorna was set to sell a scandalous story to one of Britain’s biggest tabloid papers. For six months she had been the Deputy Prime Minister’s mistress.
Will Lorna’s secret die with her? While her family try to move on and come to terms with her death one person refuses to believe that Lorna killed herself. Her twin sister, Laurie is convinced that Lorna was murdered and she’ll stop at nothing to prove it, even if that means teaming up the very man her sister had been having an affair with…