First We Take Manhattan – Colette Caddle.

Back of the book :

Identical twins, Sinead and Shelia, have always done everything together and so, after graduating in millinery, they decide to open their own hat shop. Its a small business but thanks to hard work and talent, they build up a loyal clientele. Then one day a glamorous young actress buys one of the hats, wears its to the Baftas and suddenly success seems guaranteed.

But within weeks, tragedy strikes when Shelia disappears, and is presumed dead. After months desolation, Sinead is just beginning to come to terms with her loss when she is given new hope : there has been a sighting of her sister. While she is filled with excitement at the thought that Sheila might be alive, she is haunted by questions. Why would Sheila have deserted her twin without a word ?  After all, they had always told each other everything … Hadn’t they ?


 What I think :

Sinead and Sheila are twins, they have always done everything together, have always been the best of friends. Their shop is doing really well, a famous actress had even worn one of their hats to a award ceremony. Then one day Sheila disappears, her empty car was found near the pier, her family think she has drowned. Her father Kieran, Brother Max and sister Sinead are devastated.

Krystie lived and worked in New York for quite a few years until she was given the sack and has to return home. The day before she leaves for the airport, she visits a gallery in Manhattan, there she sees someone that looks familiar, if she could just remember who she was …

Once back in Ireland, Krystie applies for a job at SInead’s shop and its then she remembers who she saw …

Right from the moment you pick this book up it grabs hold of you, and you really don’t want to put it down. Its such a incredibly well written book, its characters are really believable and you really get to like them all, and really start to feel what they are going through.

There are many twists and turns, with many secrets and half truths and also a few OMG ! moments thrown in for good measure.

I would recommend this book.

I give it a well earned 9/10.

Published by Simon & Schuster on 14 August 2014

Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers Simon & Schuster for the digital copy of this book to read and review.






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