The Perfect Sister by Sheryl Browne | Review

The Perfect Sister | Sheryl Browne | Bookouture | Pub: January 29, 2020 | Pages: 308

I love Sheryl Browne, her books are always easy and suspenseful reads!

This story contains so many lies and secrets, you just don’t know who to trust!

Claire receives a text message from someone called Sophie that says, “You don’t know me, but I’m your sister”. What would you do if you found out you have a long-lost sister?!

While Claire is in the middle of her marriage falling apart, she befriends her newfound sister, and then the secrets and lies keep you on your toes!

Even though I had a good idea of what was going on from the start, there were still some shocks along the way, including the unexpected conclusion. This psychological thriller is well-paced and well-written! Perfect read for book clubs!

Thank you to Bookouture for providing me with an electronic ARC of this book via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.


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.


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