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    Haunting Tale

    Haunting psychological suspenser which tells the tale of damaged children who grow into damaged adults. There are surprises and twists but mostly it's a human story about love and loss and the need to belong.
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    A good read

    A twisty kind of a read where the author Wendy Clarke kept my brain swirling trying to figure out what was happening. I read the prose carefully, the lines and in between the lines to get to the hidden secrets. The author was clever in keeping them so deep in the psyche that I really didn't know what was the truth. Kelly lived with her twin daughter, son, and husband when she felt that there was someone watching her. Her OCD increased due to stress, and it was really hard to see her struggling all alone dealing with everything. She couldn't seem to share any of her past with her husband. Her past and the present made it difficult. I liked how different facets of her character were etched. Written in dual timelines from her own POV, Kelly now and Kelly then provided me enough red herrings to keep my attention strictly on the story. A sense of someone following her and trying to scare her was well written. What started as psychological games soon showed that it was something more, you could say, a warning of how the past and present were welded together. Wendy Clarke has done a good job keeping the fear and insecurity alive. A little cohesiveness in the prose, depth to the characters, and more thrill would have made it a perfect read for me. Overall, it did keep me from sleeping and made me want to keep reading till the end. At the end, I realized the story ultimately did resemble the symbol for zodiac sign Gemini ♊. Two lives running parallel both connected in the past and the present.
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    A compelling mix of family drama and mystery

    Kelly is walking her twin daughters to their first day of school. It is not a pleasant experience. For one thing Kelly has OCD so the walk is wrought with problems - such as counting to a certain number while a light changes from red to green. Meanwhile, one twin is over-exuberant about her first day, while the other twin is terrified, thus leaving Kelly's nerves extra raw. Along for the walk is Kelly's baby Noah. Kelly parks Noah's pram near the door to hand over her daughters to their teacher. After only turning her back for a moment, she realizes Noah is gone. She flies into a panic, but then notices his pram a few classrooms down. When she reaches in to comfort Noah, she grasps a locket. The locket belonged to her sister Freya. How could this be? Frey died years ago and Kelly has never seen the locket since. With Kelly already being frazzled, Noah's pram apparently being moved, and the locket being discovered makes matters far worse for her. However, despite having a good relationship with her husband, Kelly feels she can share her fears and concerns with him. Instead she tries to focus on caring for the baby all while helping the girls adjust to school. This story goes back and forth from past to present. Kelly had a very unhappy childhood, and was always seeking the love and approval of her parents. Meanwhile, her mother seemed always looking for something, or someone, and thus Kelly had various foster siblings when she was a child. Kelly really hoped that Freya, when she came into her home, would be her real sister. Why then, after leaving home many years before, does Kelly suddenly find Freya's locket in Noah's pram? Things become rather sinister in this story. What happened with the locket was only the start of rather terrifying things for Kelly and her family. This was indeed a thrilling book, one that I read in one sitting. I was eager to know what the mystery was with Freya and also wanted to know the depths of Kelly's emotional problems and whether or not they would impact her role as a wife or a mother. Wendy Clarke did a fantastic job holding my attention from the very first page. I loved the mix of family drama and mystery. The inclusion of mental illness was handled gingerly and respectfully..The conclusion was thrilling, thus rounding out a very well-written story. Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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    Loved Loved Loved It!

    2 for 2! Wendy has done it again! After reading Wendy’s debut in the psychological thriller genre What She Saw, I was blown away by it and for We Were Sisters, she has blown me away again! Wendy absolutely nails it and is now not just a rising star in this genre, she is now a star of this genre! Right from the first chapter I was taken hostage and was not released until the final page. Wendy really excels in getting the readers attention right from the beginning and keeping you enthralled throughout. This is an intriguing tale that is filled with suspense, secrets, lies and betrayal that keeps you on the edge of your seat till the jaw dropping conclusion. Also I cannot go without mentioning the cover of this book. It is so striking and lets off an ominous vibe that compliments the story well. Wendy has created a tightly woven well researched story, that takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster. It is told from the perspective of main character Kelly and uses the present to the past aspect extremely well throughout. We are given a thorough insight into Kelly’s character and how her relationship with her parents as well as her foster sister Freya, have shaped her into the person she is in the present. The blurb tells enough of what the story is about that I don’t want to say anymore on this as I don’t want to reveal any spoilers. The range of characters for me, we’re both a mix of likeable and unlikable. I really resonated with Kelly and felt sympathy for her and was rooting for her throughout. Her husband Mitch on the other hand, frustrated me to no end with his lack of empathy towards his wife’s struggles and her mother was just a horrible human being with how she treated her. With Freya, I instantly had a feeling of unease with her. in saying that I did feel sympathy towards her as I can’t even begin to imagine what it would feel like going from one foster family to another and the effects that would have on you mentally. She has been written perfectly to make me feel both of these conflicting emotions and definitely comes to life within the pages. I really love Wendy’s writing style. With the short snappy chapters, everything just flows effortlessly with one chapter turning into one more, then one more until there was no more left and even though I was disappointed that the story was over, I did walk away feeling satisfied that I had just read another addictive first class 5 star read!! We have definitely been spoiled with two books from Wendy this year and I for one cannot wait to see what she will have in store for us next. Thank-you to NetGalley, Bookouture and Wendy Clarke for allowing me to read an advance copy of We Were Sisters which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
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    Twists and Turns Throughout Keep You Reading!

    This psychological thriller kept me turning pages until the early morning. Kelly, who tells the story, is a stay at home mom with twin daughters and a newborn son. She loves raising her children but the baby is quite demanding and wakes up several times at night. While trying to manage the household and and spend quality time with her husband and daughters, she is physically and mentally exhausted. Kelly tells her story alternatively from the past and present day. She was the only child of a standoffish dad and a mother that suffered with mental and physical issues. Throughout Kelly's childhood her parents were foster parents so there was a lot of children that would come in and out of the house. One of the foster children, Freya, was close to Kelly's age and they quickly bonded together. Unfortunately, Freya suffered an asthma attack and was removed from the home. Kelly thought since she was the only child in the home that maybe her parents would take more interest in her, but she was mistaken. Freya eventually returned to the home a few years later but she was no longer a quiet, innocent reserved child. On a rainy stormy night Freya betrays Kelly. In her mind, Freya was gone forever. A few years later, Kelly has some strange things happen that makes her question her sanity and her ability to safely raise her children. As Kelly tries to understand why or how these things are happening, startling revelations are brought to her attention that changes her and her families entire lives. A great book with a, for the most part, enjoyable cast of characters that gives you startling surprises along the way. I look forward to more of Wendy Clarke's works!! Thank-you to Netgalley, Bookouture and Wendy Clarke for an ARC in exchange for a honest review. Review will be posted on Goodreads, Amazon and Kobo
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