Thursday, 30 January 2020

The Perfect Sister by Sheryl Browne - Books On Tour Review



‘You don’t know me, but I’m your sister.’

Claire is shocked when she receives a message out of the blue from Sophie, a beautiful young woman who tells Claire that she’s their father’s secret child. Having spent years nursing her sweet little daughter Ella through a life-threatening illness whilst dealing with the emotional fall-out of a devastating marriage breakdown, Claire feels tentatively excited to meet Sophie. Perhaps she might finally have someone in the family to lean on…

As Claire welcomes her sister into her life, she’s delighted to see just how much Ella loves her new Aunt Sophie. But as the pair spend more time together, Claire begins to wonder where exactly her perfect new sister came from and what kind of person she really is. With their elderly father’s mind rapidly deteriorating, is it possible that he’s hiding something from Claire about Sophie’s sudden appearance in their lives?

When Sophie suggests a family day at the seaside, little Ella is beyond excited. But as Claire takes an important phone call from her demanding ex-husband, leaving Sophie in charge of Ella, something unthinkable happens. And as Claire rushes into the ice-cold sea towards the small, limp figure of her daughter, she realises that Sophie was watching the whole time. But why would Sophie want to hurt Claire’s precious daughter? Was trusting her new sister with Ella the biggest mistake of Claire’s life?

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

My Review

I am a massive fan of both this author and this genre of books. The Perfect Sister is a domestic noir/domestic thriller that I really enjoyed reading. Sheryl Browne is one of my go-to authors, she never fails to deliver a story that has me gripped. 

The Perfect Sister focuses mainly on Claire, although there are chapters told from other characters perspectives. I enjoyed this as it gave an insight into what the other characters were thinking and how they felt about the situations Claire found herself in. 

I found Claire to be quite a lonely character, cut off from a lot of people, since her father's illness took hold. Her father's illness also has a knock on effect to her marriage, which is understandable given how much strain she is under.

Sophie, Claire's long lost half-sister, was an interesting character. She was a bit too pushy but then she hasn't had the easiest life. She is complex and seems to want to get to know her sister and niece.

The Perfect Sister is a terrific read and I can't wait to read more from Sheryl Browne. She is definitely up there amongst my favourite authors, and her books are right up my street. If you enjoy a domestic thriller The Perfect Sister is certainly one to add to your list.

Author Bio

Sheryl Browne writes psychological thriller and edgy contemporary fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and awarded a Red Ribbon by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies, where she completed her MA in Creative Writing.


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2 comments

  1. Thanks so much for reading The Perfect Sister and a 'terrific' review, Emma! So appreciated! xx

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  2. Ooops! That previous was from me! Sheryl! Sorry. My account isn't working quite right! Thanks again, Emma! xx

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