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Today I am reviewing The Perfect Sister by Sheryl Browne. This was released on the 29th of January, published by Bookouture.

Book Blurb

Claire always wished for a sister. But should you be careful what you wish for?

Claire has spent her whole marriage trying to be the perfect wife and mother – supporting her husband as he goes for promotions and always making sure she’s there to tuck her daughter into bed each night. But little does she know that almost everyone around her has been keeping secrets that could ruin the life she’s worked so hard to create.

Growing up with warring parents and an often absent father, Claire has always wanted to give her daughter Ella the dream childhood she wishes she’d had. So, when she discovers her husband Luke has been having an affair, Claire is left wondering how she can possibly keep her daughter’s world from crumbling.

Then Claire receives a text message from someone called Sophie that simply reads – ‘You don’t know me, but I’m your sister’. At first, she’s shocked. And Sophie’s appearance raises questions Claire would like to put to her elderly father before it’s too late. But as she gets to know Sophie – who is so like her in so many ways – she can’t help but be delighted to finally have the sibling she always dreamed of.

As the two women become inseparable, Claire leans on her new sister more and more, ultimately asking her to move into the family home and trusting her with Ella. But when the unthinkable happens and Claire fears for her daughter’s life, she starts to wonder whether her new sister is exactly who she says she is.

One thing Claire knows is that telling the perfect lie seems to run in the family.

If you enjoyed The Girl on the Train, My Lovely Wife and Lucinda Berry’s The Perfect Child, you’ll love this heart-stopping psychological thriller from bestselling author Sheryl Browne.

Truer words were never spoken than with the phrase “Be Careful What You Wish For” which is how I can best describe The Perfect Sister. Sheryl has crafted a tightly woven, thrilling plot where she gets you in her clutches and doesn’t let you go until the final page. From the chilling prologue and the shocking first chapter, I was glued to the pages and knew I was going to be up reading this well into the early hours of the morning.

Through bleary eyes, (which was my doing for starting this later in the night), I could not pull myself away and I just had to see how it was all going to unfold. I am pleased to report that I was not disappointed. What Sheryl has done with this story is really good, but for me I was more taken in with the ending which is genius and was a complete curve ball. I actually had to read it twice to let it really sink in. My hat goes off to Sheryl with this very wicked delightful twist!

The characterisation is spot on in this story and they are a mixed bag of likeable and unlikeable ones. Created through great writing that brings them to life so well, each one plays out their role to the fullest. Although I can’t really say I connected to any one in particular, I was able to feel all of the emotions that each one went through in their journey, which made them very believable and the story realistic.

When I read a book from Sheryl, I always feel like I am a part of the story. I attribute this to her writing, which is always flawless, engaging, emotive and so visual. When I see that Sheryl has a new book coming out, everything in my life just stops when I get my hands on it and nothing can distract me from it.

I am completely amazed at how her mind works and how with each book, she takes her wickedness up a notch. Don’t be fooled with how sweet and innocent she looks, as her books are the complete opposite to this! There is never a dull moment, which is why I love them so much and what makes her a standout as one of my favourite authors.

The Perfect Sister takes you on one hell of a ride and is another perfect example of Sheryl nailing the psychological thriller genre. She is a master in building up the tension and suspense in everything she creates and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. Don’t keep us waiting too long Sheryl! It was an absolute pleasure to read and review The Family Secret which I highly recommend.

Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Sheryl Browne for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Perfect Sister which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play and Barnes & Noble if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK, but will post to Waterstones & Foyles if also available.

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