Jun 30, 2015

Review: The Secrets Sisters Keep by Sinéad Moriarty

The Devlin sisters rely on each other - but some things are just too painful to share, even when your sisters are your best friends...

Mum-of-four Julie thought that if her family had more money, life would be easier. But now that they've inherited a fortune, her problems are only starting. Lawyer Louise is used to having life go exactly as she wants it to. So accepting that she cannot control the most important thing in her life is beyond her. And former model Sophie can just about cope with getting older - that's until her ex-husband finds a younger model.

All three women think that some battles are best fought alone. Maybe they need to think again...

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Review by Suze

Julie, Louise and Sophie are sisters, but they're also friends.

Julie is a stay at home mother, she has a big family with four sons. She has triplets and they are quite a handful. There's always trouble, but they're also great kids and Julie loves them very much. Her youngest son is the complete opposite, he's a lot easier to handle. Julie always thought life would be better when they'd have more money, but now that they are rich because of an inheritance she finds life lonely and difficult. She doesn't fit in with the other rich mothers at her sons' school and her husband is never home anymore, because he's too busy investing his money. Julie needs change, but will she look for it in the right places?

Louise is a successful lawyer who has a fantastic career. She has the perfect life. She likes being single and doesn't need a partner to be happy. She has a sweet daughter who is everything to her. Combining her job with being a mother is easy, she has everything under control. She thinks her daughter is a little genius, she's brilliant and she's also very sweet. Louise can give her daughter everything she missed in her own childhood, she understands her so well. She's the perfect mother of the perfect little girl. Are things really going that well though or is there something going on that she doesn't see?

Sophie is lonely. Her daughter favors her ex-husband's new love. Sophie isn't the cool mother any longer and her daughter isn't very nice to her. She constantly has to fight the influence the new girlfriend has on her daughter's life. Sophie misses having a husband and she's insecure about her looks. She used to be a model and she was always gorgeous, but she can no longer compete with women who are younger and prettier and that makes her feel inadequate. Sophie knows that the girlfriend isn't as wonderful and friendly as she appears to be and she's afraid her daughter will get hurt. What about Sophie though, will she be able to handle more heartbreak and how far will she go to fix herself so she will look pretty again?

Julie, Louise and Sophie have very different personalities. They are sisters, but they all have their own characteristics. I liked that a lot about this story. They all have their good and bad sides. I love books about sisters and really enjoyed The Secrets Sisters Keep. It's a great story about love, loss and facing your problems. Each sister is going through a difficult phase and they will come out stronger because they have each other. I liked that idea very much. I think Sinéad Moriarty describes difficult emotional situations in such an understanding and respectful way. Each sister's story is moving and fascinating at the same time. I liked the switch between the sisters and every chapter is fantastic. This book has so many strengths, I think it's amazing. 
 

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