‘I literally could not put it down… I finished in less than 24 hours, it draws you in from the very first chapter… WOW… And just when you think that’s it… BAM.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘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...’
From the bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Child Next Door, this absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller will keep you guessing with every heart-stopping twist. If you loved Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and The Sister, this book is for you.
Why readers are gripped by The Silent Sister:
‘Absolutely brilliant!!! I loved it and the ending left me speechless!! It blew my mind!! One of my favourites for 2018!!! This is a must read!!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow and wow again… a nail biting, fast paced roller coaster ride that is packed full of so many twists and turns… jaw dropping… it's worth far more than five stars.’ Nicki’s Life of Crime, 5 stars
‘5 star read!... absolutely amazing… Thrilling. Shocking, tense, and taught! The ending will make your head spin again and again!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I flew through… a suspenseful and thrilling read that had me hooked and turning those pages. A deliciously dark and twisted read. Shalini Boland is without a doubt the queen of twists.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow, what a knockout book by Shalini Boland! The Silent Sister is tense, gripping, and utterly addictive. I devoured this book in one sitting.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘I loved this book… twists and shocks throughout to keep you sitting on the edge of your seat. I found the pages were turning themselves … A lot of thrills and chills… fantastic… I highly recommend it!’ Books on the Bookshelf
‘Loved it… tense and gripping and had the hairs standing on the back of my neck pretty much the whole way through… put me right off staying at home on my own...’ Consumer Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Boy oh boy did I enjoy this! What a fricking marvellous psychological thriller... I loved the ending… an outstanding novel. Highly recommended… you'll have a hard time putting this one down!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Wow!!... this book had me hooked from the very beginning… It is literally unputdownable!!’ Goodreads Reviewer
‘Wow! What a read!… superb twists… this book is a MUST read… The entire story has you guessing and in suspense.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
‘Fantastic… kept me on the edge of my seat… a real page turner… There are lots of twists and turns in this book and I certainly did not see that ending coming!... a fantastic thriller that you will not want to put down.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
What would it take for your world to completely fall apart? After Lizzy receives a creepy letter from a stalker, her seemingly perfect life starts to unravel. The Silent Sister is a gripping psychological thriller steeped in sibling rivalry and family secrets. If you enjoyed Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, this pageturner’s for you. It'll have you suspecting everyone and still leave you guessing until the very last page.
Not surprised by the ending
When doubt and paranoia begins to creep into Lizzy Bereford’s mind, she starts to question everyone around her. Lizzy is obsessed by the note unable to concentrate. Panic and fear sets in quickly, yet in the beginning it was unwarranted.
Lizzy had a basic routine lifestyle at home and at work. Her relationship with her boyfriend was concerning sometimes.
The story is character driven with Lizzy as the main character. She is telling this story from her point of view. It’s her perspective that has me questioning the behavior of the stalker. Something doesn’t fit. I feel like Lizzy is projecting more fear into the words than the words are implying. When I read the words without projecting fear I don’t read anything threatening.
This was by no means an investigation story. Rather the story centered around the notes. These notes led to Lizzy behaving with a suspicious mind questioning everyone around her. It was difficult to get excited when little progress was being made by the police. With the entire story being based on Lizzy’s speculation about each incident it became repetitive.
I certainly questioned every character which seemed unnecessary since Lizzy questioned each character as well. In fact, my thoughts became hers. Every concern was immediately answered by Lizzy.
I wasn’t gripping my seat with fear. The malicious acts were mild and at no time did I find this story utterly addictive, in fact, I took many breaks from reading to allow my mind and body time to adjust to the slow pace. I grew impatient with the note sender and annoyed by their weakness to stir up any sense of fear. I suppose if I had this happen to me I might react with fear.
The notes didn’t have a tone of voice attached to the words to make its point. Possibly a good narrator will be able to create that sense of fear I’m not feeling. It’s like watching a scary movie with no sound it loses the heart racing fear factor without the music and screaming.
I wasn’t surprised nor shocked at the big reveal. With all the speculation taking place it was too easy to figure out the stalker.
Just because this story didn’t win me over doesn’t mean I won’t read other books written by Shalini. I like her writing style. This story fell flat for me.