Wednesday, July 14, 2021

BLOG TOUR - Her Sister's Secret


Why would you pretend your life is a dream when you’re living a nightmare?

Annie and Dom lead perfect lives in a lovely cottage in a quiet village by the sea, with flowers at the front gate and an apple tree in the garden. Everyone knows them: generous, loving Dom, creative, joyful Annie.

But their neighbours don’t see Annie as she sits waiting for Dom well into the night. They don’t see her smiling through her tears. They don’t know what the perfect couple are hiding.

They just hear the sirens that break the silence of the night and see the flames that rise against the dark sky.

And the morning after, what everyone wants to know is – which one was to blame?

A brilliantly twisty tale of family secrets and the darkness that can lie behind closed doors, Her Sister's Secret will keep you turning the pages till the final devastating revelation. Fans of Lisa Jewell, Gillian Flynn and Louise Candlish will love it.


:   Her Sister's Secret
Author:  S. E. Lynes
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   329
Date of Publication:   July 13, 2021
My Rating:   4 Stars

Annie and Isla were really close as children. They grew up with very strict parents and Isla always looked up to Annie. Annie got pregnant while very young, and this really alienated her from their parents. Years later Annie met and married Dom, and she and Isla had not seen much of each other since. 

One day Isla gets the most devastating phone call of of her life. It is from her nephew Ca. He is in tears when he tells his aunt Isla of a fire that took the lives of his mother and stepfather. Isla rushes to Cal's side, and soon finds herself in shock when it comes to the things she is about to learn about Annie and Dom's life together. It certainly wasn't idyllic.

Cal's behavior stretches beyond grief as far as Isla can tell. There were secrets and there were lies. Will Isla be able to uncover the truth of everything concerning their lives? What does the future bode for Isla and Cal?

Wow! What a book! I could not put this book down. I just had to know what had been going on, what led to the fire and what the aftermath would be. The twists were surprising, crafty character development and the conclusion was utterly shocking. Nothing could have prepared me for that, so accolades to the author. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion. 


Former BBC Producer, S.E. Lynes is the Amazon #1 best selling author of 'intelligent and haunting', 'beautifully written' psychological thrillers, VALENTINA, MOTHER, THE PACT, THE PROPOSAL, THE WOMEN, THE LIES WE HIDE, CAN YOU SEE HER? and THE HOUSEWARMING. Her latest novel, THE ONE TO BLAME is available for pre-order NOW.

After completing her MA, Lynes taught creative writing at Richmond Adult Community College for over ten years. She now combines writing, mentoring and lecturing.

She has also published three children's books in Italy: IL LEOPARDO LAMPO, LA COCCODRILLA INGAMBA, and the bilingual LA SCIMMIA SPIRITOSA/THE FUNNY MONKEY, all available at

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  1. I keep meaning to read this author, I've always heard good things and glad to see you enjoyed her work

  2. I see her work all the time but I don't think I have read her books. Glad you enjoyed them. Great review.

  3. Excellent review! I love good plot twists.

  4. You had me intrigued. I need to read this now. Great review!

  5. While I am very definitely a chicken, this thriller has me intrigued. I think it's one I'll have to add to my TBR :)