A cautionary tale of love



‘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?


As followers of my blog will be aware I am a dedicated fan of the wonderful Sheryl Browne. This is another totally awesome five-star psychological thriller. The gripping story is exciting with well-rounded characters. I did not read the synopsis as, of course, I know it will be a good book and I enjoy story unfolding as the author writes rather than the clues from the back page.

This gripping domestic noir is told in alternating chapters of exceptionally developed characters. The story held my attention from the first page and I read it in a single day as it was such an easy read, well developed and planned with trademark curveball twists that Sheryl is an expert in!

Sheryl writes fantastic domestic thrillers but she does have a sweet loving Jack Russell at home so I know this side of her is a talent rather than a lifestyle! Well, in my mind, you can’t be a bad person if you are owned by a Jack Russell! *see below for a gorgeous photo of Sheryl and Brie

If you are looking for a first book of 2020 then I sincerely advise you not to miss out on this – make it your first and you will get your reading year off to a great start.

My sincere thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of ‘THE PERFECT SISTER’ by SHERYL BROWNE. 

All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway. 
All my reviews can be found on my blog


  • TITLE: The Perfect Sister
  • AUTHOR: Sheryl Browne
  • PUBLISHER: Bookouture
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 29 January 2020
  • LENGTH: 308 pages



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.

Sheryl Browne with her gorgeous little Brie 💞



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  1. Mo! I so love this! A stunning review and a gorgeous photo of my beautiful little Brie. And me! Thank you so much for reading The Perfect Sister and this lovely sunshine start to my day. 🙂 xx

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