The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland

The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland

EXCERPT: I could have kept my distance.

I could have carried on with my pathetic life as though nothing had changed. But that wouldn’t have been right. Because everything has changed.

I’m not stupid. I know that life isn’t fair. I know that some people get lucky, and others get the shitty end of the stick. But I ‘m tired of it. And I can put up with a bit more shit for a little while longer if it means I get what I want in the end: to even things out a little.

Call it karma.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: ‘You don’t deserve a sister…’

When Lizzy Beresford discovers a threatening letter addressed to her, the words on the old, tattered paper chill her to the bone. But who sent it? Living in pretty cottage in a quiet country village, Lizzy’s never made any enemies in her life…

Except her sister.

Lizzy hasn’t spoken to Emma in years. Not since the argument which tore their relationship apart. Would her sister really want to cause her harm after all this time?

As Lizzy receives more disturbing messages, she begins to doubt those closest to her – her boyfriend, her best friend, her neighbours.

Because the mystery sender seems to know everything about her. And after a series of malicious incidents, it’s clear they won’t stop until they’ve destroyed her life.

Lizzy knows she must confront her sister. But can she trust her? And will she realise the shocking truth, before it’s too late?

MY THOUGHTS: After absolutely loving The Child Next Door, I was looking forward to The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland. But while this is a quick easy read, it fell flat for me. The heart-pounding suspense that abounded in The Child Next Door is missing here. We keep being told that the situation is tense, but I just didn’t feel it. And that, for me, is a major problem. I like to feel, to be immersed in the story line rather than being told the story.

We didn’t get to know any of the characters in any real depth. It was all quite superficial. Lizzie irritated me no end. Spineless and mercurial are two words that come to mind. Selfish and immature are two more. No, I didn’t like Lizzie. Or Joe. But that doesn’t impact on my enjoyment of the book. I have detested the characters in some of the books I have liked the most.

There is a double twist at the end of the book. The first twist I thought was great. And in my honest opinion, the book should have ended there. It may even have earned an extra half star had it done so. But the author went and put in a second twist that was, for me, completely over the top. But that is just my opinion and I am probably in the minority here.

THE AUTHOR: Shalini lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two children and their cheeky terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).

She is also the author of two bestselling Young Adult series as well as a children’s WWII novel with a time-travel twist.

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to Bookouture via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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Author: sandysbookaday

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4 thoughts on “The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland”

  1. I Love the “call it karma” line! This is my first by her, but I do have the Child one you mentioned. I totally get what you mean by wanting more heart-pounding suspense. I missed that too. Great review!

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