Thursday, April 30, 2020

BLOG TOUR - The Sister-In-Law

Today I am pleased to be a part of the Blog Tour for The Sister-In-Law by Sue Watson.


Book Description:

‘You don’t think Jamie and I have secrets, do you? No, we tell each other everything.’ She smiled. ‘Including your dirty little secret. So maybe it’s time to start being nice to me?’

THE WIFE: Clare is ready for a break. It’s been a tough year and now she wants to put her feet up. Arriving at the Italian villa for their summer holiday, she decides it’s high time her husband and his family did some of the work. After all, her husband owes her…

THE HUSBAND: Even though Dan had his head turned by someone else, he’s realised the error of his ways. He’s here now, and he says it’s for keeps. Clare can trust him, can’t she? At least he’ll have his brother there, to keep him in line…

THE BROTHER: Jamie is the prodigal child, back in the family fold again after years of travelling abroad. But when he gets to the villa, he’s not alone. He’s brought a wife, someone none of them have met before.

THE SISTER-IN-LAW: Ella is everything Clare isn’t. Glamorous. Young. Influential. But she knows a secret about Clare. Something that has the power to break the whole family apart.

And there’s someone who will do whatever it takes to make sure that this deep secret never comes to the surface.

An utterly unputdownable, gripping, twisty psychological thriller, perfect for fans of Before I Go To Sleep, The Girl on the Train and Date Night


Title:  The Sister-In-Law
Author:  Sue Watson
Genre:  Psychological Thriller
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Format:  Kindle ARC
Date of Publication:  April 20, 2020
No. of Pages:  320
My Rating:  5 Stars

Secrets can ruin everything and that just might happen in this gripping book by Sue Watson. When Clare and Dan head to an Italian Villa for their summer holiday with Dan's family, Clare really hoped she could push the reset button in her life. Clare and Dan are having serious marital difficulties, but to Dan's parents, family is everything, and this gives Clare hope that their marriage can be saved.

However, when she meets Dan's brother Jamie's new wife, things unravel quickly. Jamie has been abroad for years and hopes that bringing his newlywed wife to the villa will make his mother happy. That proves not to be a problem, as Dan and Jamie's mother accept Ella with open arms. However, Clare and Ella have friction from the very moment they meet. What is the issue? It is secrets, and these secrets wield tremendous power. Such power could topple this family.

Not only are secrets and lies the backbone of this story, there are vindictive actions that overpower any good this family has tried to do over the years. Dan and Jamie's mother Joy had a rather pollyana attitude, and to her family is everything, no matter the cost.

The Sister-In-Law is a high caliber psychological thriller and is told in Clare's first-person point of view. Her insecurities are rather overwhelming. Clare and Dan have three children and she has always been proud and happy to be a part of  Dan's family. Her family life was tragic so she shows remarkable desperation to hold onto the idyllic family she has set in her mind, even if it means overlooking major issues. Now, with Ella being the newest member of the Taylor family, Clare begins to lose the tenuous hold she held over the years.

What a book! Deception is the name of the game here, which made me have ambivalent feelings towards the characters, especially Clare. Yet, this was one book I could not put down and it was more than easy to see why Clare had problems with Ella. This was the type of book that made me think of a powder keg - you just knew everything was going to blow, but you never knew when!

Sue Watson hit it out of the park with this one. Makes me wonder if I want to attend my next family gathering - just kidding, lol.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion. 

About the author:

Sue Watson was a TV Producer at the BBC until she wrote her first book and was hooked. 
Now a USA Today bestselling author, Sue has written fifteen novels - many involving cake - which have been translated into several languages and involved tough 'cake research.' Sue is now exploring the darker side of life with her thrillers OUR LITTLE LIES, THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR, THE EMPTY NEST and THE SISTER-IN-LAW. Writing in this new genre doesn't involve the deep research of baked goods and Sue's hoping the change in direction will be reflected on the weighing scales.

Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire where much of her day is spent writing - okay, procrastinating, eating and watching 'My 600lb Life,' on the sofa.

more info visit Sue's website;
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Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatsonwriter


  1. Ooh, this sounds really good! Thanks for putting it on my radar, Robin!

  2. I love psychological dramas and thrillers, so thank you for putting this one on my radar.

  3. Sounds like a really good book.

  4. I've nver read her work but this sounds fab. Great review.

  5. This looks super tasty, excellent reviewing!

  6. sounds super intriguing... i have not read this author..

  7. This book sounds fantastic. Great review!