Bookouture Books On Tour: Her Sister’s Secret by S. E. Lynes Ellen’s Review

Hello all,

Today, Ellen is taking part in the tour for Her Sister’s Secret by S. E. Lynes and I’ll be sharing her review with you all just a little further down this post.

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, HER SISTER’S SECRET is OUT July 13th.

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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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.

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Her Sister’s Secret by S. E. Lynes

Ellen’s Review:

There are not many authors where I will pre-order the book without thought but S.E Lynes is definitely one of them!

I’ve loved her books for quite a few years now and can guarantee they will provide thrills and twists but also a lot of empathy and compassion. The author has a beautiful way of writing and her words can fill my heart in one sentence, have my eyes brimming with tears the next then leave me with a gormless smile on my face.

Her Sister’s Secret is a story about two sisters Annie and Isla. As children they lived in Inverary, Scotland in a small community and were close but this all changes when Annie becomes pregnant at 15. While Isla manages to follow her dreams and live the life they discussed Annie is trapped as a single parent working in their parent’s shop. When she later meets Dom she falls hard for his promises of a new life in Dorset but it emerges she swaps one form of prison for another.

Isla is oblivious to all this until she gets a call from her nephew Callum informing her that Annie and Dom have died in a terrible fire, as she arrives in the village she discovers that her sister was not living the perfect life she appeared to be. Dom was basically a spoilt brat who expected Annie to be at his beck and call, he thought she should be grateful to him “rescuing” her and that she would turn a blind eye to his indiscretions. What an awful man!!

I felt so sorry for Isla who was left feeling that she didn’t even know her own sister anymore and left to figure out the events of that night. This is made even more difficult when Callum is arrested for the murder of Annie and Dom…

A tense read with a twist that absolutely sucker punched me!!

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