The Family Secret: Sheryl Browne

A huge thank you to Bookouture, Netgalley and the author for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.


Claire always wished for a sister. But should you be careful what you wish for? 

Claire has spent her whole marriage trying to be the perfect wife and mother – supporting her husband as he goes for promotions and always making sure she’s there to tuck her daughter into bed each night. But little does she know that almost everyone around her has been keeping secrets that could ruin the life she’s worked so hard to create. 

Growing up with warring parents and an often absent father, Claire has always wanted to give her daughter Ella the dream childhood she wishes she’d had. So, when she discovers her husband Luke has been having an affair, Claire is left wondering how she can possibly keep her daughter’s world from crumbling.

Then Claire receives a text message from someone called Sophie that simply reads – ‘You don’t know me, but I’m your sister’. At first, she’s shocked. And Sophie’s appearance raises questions Claire would like to put to her elderly father before it’s too late. But as she gets to know Sophie – who is so like her in so many ways – she can’t help but be delighted to finally have the sibling she always dreamed of. 

As the two women become inseparable, Claire leans on her new sister more and more, ultimately asking her to move into the family home and trusting her with Ella. But when the unthinkable happens and Claire fears for her daughter’s life, she starts to wonder whether her new sister is exactly who she says she is.

One thing Claire knows is that telling the perfect lie seems to run in the family.


This is a fast paced domestic thriller which has kept me on the edge of my seat. I haven’t wanted to put this one down and have raced to the end in a matter of hours.

There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing throughout this book. This is my first read by this author but it definitely will not be the last. I have really enjoyed reading this book and it has definitely captivated my attention and kept me hooked.

This is most definitely a page turner, if you’re a fan of psychological thrillers I’d definitely recommend this book.

My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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