Title: The Silent Sister by Shalini Boland
Date Published: 16th July 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller/ Domestic Thriller
‘You don’t deserve a sister…’
Lizzy Beresford is at home alone when she finds a chilling letter in her kitchen. Someone has been into her home – someone who wishes Lizzy harm.
In her little country cottage, with her doting boyfriend, not far from the close-knit village, Lizzy can’t imagine who might want to hurt her. But when the threatening letters keep coming, she starts to suspect everyone around her.
Desperate, Lizzy reaches out to her sister, Emma. They haven’t spoken in years, not since the argument that tore them apart.
But what Emma says shocks her to the core:
‘I’ve been receiving letters too…’
I finally got round to reading this! I adored Shalini Boland’s previous book, The Millionaire’s Wife (you can read my review here), so I was really looking forward to reading this one.
Lizzy Beresford seems to have the perfect life. Gorgeous boyfriend, great job living in the quiet village of Malmesbury but that’s all shattered when she finds a creepy letter in her house.
More threatening letters and incidents make Lizzy suspicious of everyone around her. Who would hate her this much? She automatically thinks of her sister Emma, with whom she had a falling out years ago but it turns out she’s been receiving letters too.
Who could be targeting them both?
So I have to be honest I’ve been struggling with my reading of late, nothing appeals to me and frankly I’m not enjoying anything but picking up Shalini Boland’s book was just what I needed. She has a great writing style with believable characters that pull you and not let you go until you’ve finished!
A lot of people will be like, oh no, not another woman being stalked but Shalini Boland makes this slightly tired trope her own. What was refreshing was the police actually taking the letters seriously, I don’t know how many books I’ve read that the police have just brushed it off and made the character feel like they’re crazy!
I kind of understood Lizzy, even if she wasn’t overly likeable. Her self esteem is a little on the low side and is not one for a confrontation or upsetting people, my problem was she seemed to overreact quite a lot of the time which I found a little frustrating. Also her boyfriend Joe did annoy me with his quick temper and his possessive attitude which made me want Lizzy to just dump him!
I have to be honest, I felt this was a little more slow burn than the Millionaire’s Wife and the majority of the ending was a little predictable which I didn’t mind. My only quibble was the little twist at the end which I didn’t really like but of course that’s just my opinion.
The Silent Sister is a slow burn domestic thriller with believable characters and a realistic setting, a must for fans of psychological thrillers.
About The Author:
Shalini Boland lives in Dorset, England with her husband, two sons and their cheeky poodle-terrier cross. Before kids, she was signed to Universal Music Publishing as a singer/songwriter, but now she spends her days writing suspense thrillers (in between school runs and hanging out endless baskets of laundry).
Her debut psychological thriller The Girl from the Sea published in June 2016 reached Number 1 in the US Audible charts. Her second thriller The Best Friend published in October 2016 reached a high of number 10 in Amazon’s UK Kindle charts. It also achieved number 1 in all its categories and was a Kindle All Star title for several months in a row.