Wednesday, June 3, 2020

The Sister-in-Law - by Sue Watson

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Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Where do I even begin?! My head is STILL spinning, and I finished this book yesterday! I needed some time to collect my thoughts as Sue Watson has most certainly one-upped herself this time! Definitely one of my top 5🌟 psychological thrillers of 2020! I started reading via ebook, listened to the audiobook when I couldn't read, and finished it all off with my very own paperback! I just knew that I had to experience The Sister-in-Law in every format, and boy, am I glad that I did!

raced through those final 100 pages of this book as I just could not stop myself. The secrets were finally unfolding, and while I guessed part of Clare's secret - the full magnitude of the Taylor Family's deception was beyond me! Right about when I thought everything had been unveiled *whoosh*, there was more! The Sister-in-Law is an intricately woven narrative of deceit and blurred family values focussing primarily on Clare Taylor and all of the figurative bodies her new sister-in-law Ella digs up. This is precisely the type of book that makes my book blogging journey so much fun - the ones that keep you guessing, even when you think you've got it all figured out!

Sue Watson captures your interest immediately. No ifs, and or buts. She leaves you begging for more after your brief glimpse of the ultimate conclusion, as visited in the prologue. At first, I found a connection in Clare - a mum and wife, on the way to a much-needed vacation with her husband and kiddos. They were a presumably happy family facing day-to-day struggles and balance. However, as the story progressed, I began to pity Clare, I was rooting for her, sure - but how much people-pleasing and surrendering can one woman endure? Maybe it's because I am the exact opposite. I found Clare to be overly agreeable to her mother-in-law, to the point where I seriously considered that she'd been unknowingly trained into being the proper daughter-in-law.

...enter Ella Taylor. The newest member of the Taylor Family. Perfect in every way. Talk about a piece of work! She's the one you love to hate, making you all the more Team Clare! Considering we're only given Clare's narrative, we never truly see Ella or any other Taylor for that matter. At least, not until right when Sue Watson wants us to! This is the beauty of a psychological thriller; it drips with suspense from every page as it leads up to the final shocking turn of events. In the end, I found myself feeling rather sorry for Clare but proud of Ella and her character's development. I'm hesitant to say much more as this book is one that's best to experience for yourself!

I would recommend this book to fans of psychological thrillers everywhere. Seriously! Everyone should read Sue Watson's carefully crafted stories! I'm over-the-moon excited to see what she comes up with next!! Thank you to NetGalley, the publishers at Bookouture, and the author Sue Watson for providing me with a complimentary ebook copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Blurb:
'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.

About the author, Sue Watson:
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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 sixteen novels, and many have been translated into several languages. Sue is now exploring the darker side of life with her latest thrillers, OUR LITTLE LIES, THE WOMAN NEXT DOOR, THE EMPTY NEST and THE SISTER-IN-LAW.

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 too much confectionery, and watching 'My 600lb Life,' on the sofa.

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