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My Mother’s Shadow, Nikola’s debut novel, is the unputdownable, poignant and atmospheric story of a woman who discovers the existence of a twin sister she never knew she had. What was the truth behind her mother’s dark secret, and why were the twins separated? The story moves between the near-present and the late 1950s, where the mother’s touching, heart-breaking diaries tell of an idyllic Sussex summer and its shocking aftermath. Beautifully written and astonishingly accomplished, My Mother’s Shadow is an irresistible read for anyone who loves the novels of Kate Morton or Rachel Hore.

‘An intriguing twisting story with a lush opening and beautifully descriptive writing throughout. I loved it.’
Dinah Jefferies, author of Before the Rains, The Silk Merchant’s Daughter, The Tea Planter’s Wife and The Separation

‘Compelling, atmospheric and beautifully written, My Mother’s Shadow is a profoundly moving debut that trembles with family secrets. By turns heartbreaking and hopeful, it shines a light on the bonds between women and the incredible hidden pasts of the people we love. I adored it.’
Victoria Fox, author of The Silent Fountain

‘A gripping family mystery told in lush, evocative prose: My Mother’s Shadow will transport you to another time and place but the heartbreak makes itself felt across the decades.’
Erin Kelly, author of He Said, She Said

‘A compelling family story . . . beautifully written and evokes vivid pictures of an English summer in the 1950s.’
Sheila O’Flanagan, author of What Happened That Night and The Missing Wife