The Liar's Sister: An absolutely gripping psychological thriller with a breathtaking twist

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Ten years ago, a family lost their son in the quiet village of Buckthorpe and he was never found.


Rosie Sharpe cried over her missing friend for weeks after.

But her little sister Heather knows that Rosie’s tears hide the truth. 

Because the night Samuel was last seen, Heather watched her older sister climbing back through the window of their childhood bedroom. Her jacket torn, her eyes wild and her body trembling with fear.


Heather never told anyone what she saw, but secrets can’t stay buried forever…


A decade later, Rosie and Heather return to the home they grew up in when their mother falls ill. But when their house is ransacked and they receive a threatening note, it becomes clear that someone in the close-knit village doesn’t want them there.


When Heather finally confronts her sister about what really happened on the dark, rainy night Samuel vanished, Rosie’s version of the truth is more shocking than she could ever have imagined. But can she trust her sister? And who broke into their house that night? As the lies of the past begin to unravel, they have the power to put the lives of both women in terrible danger…


This twist-filled, page-turning psychological thriller from the million-copy-bestselling author of Silent Child will keep you hooked until the final, jaw-dropping pages. Perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors and The Girl on the Train.


Why readers are gripped by The Liar’s Sister:


Absolutely fantastic! I was so engrossed in reading this book that I missed my favourite band at a festival because I just couldn’t put this down. While dark, it was also realistic. I loved the setting and could picture it perfectly. I will 100% be keeping an eye out for other books by Sarah. When I thought I finally had it all figured out I was totally shocked and horrified... exactly what you want from a thriller.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars


I found myself capable of doing nothing more than fully immersing myself in this story… It was a truly riveting tale that was a pleasure to read in one sitting. Masterfully done.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars


‘Well this is just something else!! Wow, what a read. I loved it from the start and the ending was amazing! This is a brilliant novel.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars


I was well and truly glued to the pages… There are so many secrets and lies and when those shocking revelations start to come out, well they just don’t stop. No way was I putting this book down for anyone or anything until I turned that last page and the author made sure that she made it worth my while. The Liar’s Sister is one hell of a psychological thriller… Towards the end I was literally hanging off every word whilst being shocked and thrilled by what was happening before my eyes. This is one author who just goes from strength to strength.’ By The Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars


‘What a great book!... incredibly fast-paced… I couldn’t put it down! The shock of finding out what really happened to Samuel and who was involved will leave you speechless up until the very last page!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars


‘I loved this book! It drew me in right away… you will find yourself shocked right up to the last page. Just when you think you know how it ends, you find you are... dead wrong.’ NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars


‘I am a big fan of this author and was not disappointed by her new book. This book gave me the chills. Fantastic and creepy story. I sped through this. Five stars’. NetGalley Reviewer, 5 stars 

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Bookouture
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Published on
Sep 25, 2019
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316
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ISBN
9781786817372
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Language
English
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Fiction / Thrillers / Psychological
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‘Daddy has been lying.’


Faye Townsend has planned the perfect summer trip for her family. But returning to the small seaside town her husband grew up in does not go to plan, the rain pours and the long days become stifling. And then the unthinkable happens…


Her husband Jake and her six-year-old son Dylan go for an early morning walk along the beautiful, windswept clifftops. They don’t come back.


As the hours tick by, Dylan’s red baseball cap is found on the beach and Faye finds herself being questioned by the police. They want to know everything about the man she married - is Faye ready to face her husband’s dark past? Or will she have to confront her own secrets first?


And just how far will a mother go to save her only child?


From the million-copy-bestselling author of The Secret Mother and The Perfect Family, this utterly gripping psychological thriller will make you gasp out loud as you race towards the unforgettable twist. If you loved The Girl on the Train and The Wife Before You this book is for you.


Why readers are totally gripped by The Marriage Betrayal:


‘Wow, wow, wow, wow! Shalini Boland is one hell of a story teller. I think I may still be in shock after reading this. I really don’t know how she does it but yet again she has totally knocked my socks off… I loved the build-up of suspense… The Marriage Betrayal is a gripping story that will send your heart racing… Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘WOW!!! OMG!!!... if you are looking for a psychological thriller with twists and turns and a major killer twist at the end, The Marriage Betrayal is for you. You will just have to read this book. This book has a killer twist at the end which I never saw coming. And even in the epilogue, there is another twist. Just fantastic!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘All the stars!!! Such a great book from beginning to end. Twists then more twists… loved it!!! Can't recommend it enough. Pick it up today and read it if you haven't. This author never seems to disappoint!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘WHAT A TWIST!! It's not often a psychological thriller manages to surprise me, but this twist left me with my mouth hanging wide open and consequently saying 'NO WAY!' over and over again.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘FIVE STARS FOR SURE. Wow, what a page turner! This was a great, gripping, tense, compelling, fast-paced psychological thriller that sucked me in from the very first page!... I most highly recommend this book 100 %.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Oh my God this was a fantastic read! Best ever! Started it this morning but gave up on doing my daily errands because I just HAD to finish it. Totally shocked by the ending. Didn’t see that one coming. Don't want to do any spoilers but just highly recommend this book. Do NOT miss!’ Netgalley reviewer, 5 stars


‘Shalini Boland is THE Queen of Twists and Psychological Thrillers! And this new book is pure Shalini crazy! I loved every word, page and paragraph! I was hooked and I did get emotional reading it… Put this on your summer must read shelf now! 10 stars!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘OMG! What a story! Another exciting thriller to get lost in, which I just LOVED!! this was such a good story. You have to read it for yourself! Loved it!!’ Goodreads reviewer


‘Wowza… the biggest surprise ending I've read in a long time. You will not regret purchasing this book!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Oh my soul what a twisted web Shalini Boland weaves.... I literally could not stop reading… Exciting and spellbinding. If you like to read psychological thrillers, don't miss this one!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars


‘Wow this must be Shalini Boland's best work yet. I'm a big fan of her novels and this one left me breathless. The plot is gripping and I literally couldn't put the book down and the twists kept pouring in.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

You whispered goodnight to your daughter. You didn’t know that would be your last goodbye.

You wake up in the middle of the night.

Your five-year-old daughter is gone.

Your husband is nowhere to be seen.

Your family think he took her.

The police believe he’s guilty.

But he wouldn’t do that, would he?

He’s a loving father. A loving husband. Isn’t he?

An addictive and completely gripping psychological thriller with a twist that will blow you away. Fans of The Girl on the Train, K.L. Slater and Shalini Boland won’t be able to put down this jaw-dropping novel. 

Readers absolutely love The Family Lie:
‘Brilliant… Chock full of twists… Compulsive and very clever… The pace doesn’t let up at all, right until a thrilling end, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘A rollercoaster ride of twists and turns where the truth is not discovered until the very end… Compulsively readable.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Brilliant… A very twisty journey.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Excellent… Draws you in and doesn't let go. Highly recommended!’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars

‘A rollercoaster that does not let up from the very first page. I read this in a single sitting… The narrative pulls you in and carries you along at a breakneck speed… This is a thrilling read that will keep you guessing, with lots of twists thrown in before you reach the dramatic conclusion.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘A beauty of a thriller!’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘So many feelings. This had me on the edge of my seat. I could not put it down once I started... Only sleep kept me from staying up late last night to finish it. I've never read a book like this before and at times I was close to tears.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Buckle up because this book does not slow down!... There are so many twists, turns, ups and downs!’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Thrilling book… The characters were vivid. The story was gripping. The writer's writing kept me turning pages just want to find out what happened next.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Man oh, man. There are a twist and turns! It kept me wondering.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘A fast-paced, multi-layered thriller that had me second-guessing with every turn of the page.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘So many twists and turns, you can't help but keep turning the page. It's a tense thriller with a good pay off that I hadn't guessed at the end!’ BadMammy.com

‘I was gripping the edge of my seat on this rollercoaster ride. The pace of the book is spot on and is full of twists and turns.’ Goodreads Reviewer

‘Such a fast-paced book!! From the first chapter until the end, this book does not slow down!...So many twists and turns, couldn’t put it down.’ Goodreads Reviewer
You let her in. You’ll wish you hadn’t.


Following a whirlwind romance, Rose and Chris’s marriage has been unshakeable for twenty years. But when teenager Katie turns up on their doorstep, blonde, wide-eyed and beautiful, their perfect life threatens to crumble to pieces. Because Katie says she’s Chris’s long-lost daughter, the product of a forgotten summer fling.


The couple is still reeling from shock when Katie tells them she has nowhere to go. The couple is her only hope. Kind-hearted Rose invites Katie to stay, despite Chris’s protests. The poor girl has only just lost her mother – they can’t leave her out on the street.


But soon after Katie moves in, strange things start happening. Someone crashes into a neighbour’s fence. An unexplained fire starts in the couple’s kitchen. And a family friend coming to visit disappears on the way to the house. Chris insists Katie has to go. But it’s Chris who won’t explain where he was at the time their friend went missing…  


The couple’s dream life seems to be turning into a nightmare. With dark secrets about Chris’s history with Katie’s mother coming to light, Rose no longer knows who to trust. Soon, she isn’t sure whether she’s invited a dangerous stranger into her home, or whether she’s been living with one all along…


A chilling thriller that will make you question everything you think you know about your loved ones. Fans of The Woman in the Window, Then She Was Gone and The Perfect Child won’t be able to put this book down.



What readers are saying about Perfect Stranger:

‘My goodness what a book! I absolutely raced through this… This book is incredible. Every chapter ended on a crazy twist that made it really hard to put down. A truly menacing and memorable psychological thriller.’ Psychothrilla Books ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Wow, what an amazing psychological thriller! I absolutely loved reading this book, I was gripped within the first few pages … Compelling, very well-written & hard to put down.’ Tea, Books and Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘From page one I was hooked, in fact I devoured this read, finally turning the last page at 1am. I spent most of this read sat on the edge of my seat…. It takes off like a rocket. The plot was original, clever and so gripping. A psychological thriller par excellence. WHAT A READ, I LOVED IT!!!! An easy five stars and so Highly Recommended.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Wow – loved this!!! Absolutely gripping – couldn't put this down – very twisty turny – I read this in one go… A great way to spend a day!!!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 


‘A must-read book… He captured everything from mystery, suspense, intense drama, secrets, lies… I was totally shocked and blown away. Rarely does that happen… I am an instant fan.’ Heidi Lynn’s Book Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Had me immediately hooked and intrigued from the first page... An addictive and gripping thriller full of secrets and a roller coaster ride that will stay with you long after the very last page! I don’t want to give too much information away, but I highly recommend.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Amazing… I devoured it in one day… So cleverly written and really messes with your head. Fantastic five stars.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Not your typical, run-of-the-mill thriller.’ A Ravenclaw Reviews ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘This fast-paced thriller will grab your interest and bring you on one major roller coaster of a ride as it goes along… It’s not anything like I've ever read before… All of the twists and turns had me up all night reading it… Great read.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘A 5-star rainy day read for sure!... Fast-paced, unique twist and turns, perfect afternoon book. Grab your coffee first!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 


‘It gripped me... I quickly realized this is not your average mystery thriller… Love when authors keep you guessing!... I would 100% recommend this to my friends and family and anyone who loves a good mystery/thriller.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘Absolutely fantastic had me gripped!!! Loved it! Can't wait for more from this author. Storyline was great, characters were easy to connect with.’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘A perfectly mastered suspense story with characters that sync together well!... A superb read!’ Goodreads Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


‘My favourite sort of book! Fast paced, well written with lots of twists.’ NetGalley Reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Your daughter is dead.’

 

When Kat Cavanaugh hears the words every mother dreads, her perfect world shatters. She takes in the beautiful long blonde hair, torn yellow dress and chipped blue nail-varnish. It can’t be real.

 

And then the police add the word ‘suicide’. But Kat refuses to believe them. 

 

Even when they show her the familiar looping handwriting and smudged ink on the note her little girl left behind. She knows her bubbly, vivacious daughter would never take her own life.

 

As she searches Grace’s perfume-scented room, filled with smiling photos, she uncovers secrets her daughter had been hiding. Secrets that make her wonder how well she really knew the woman her only child was becoming.

 

Kat’s determined to find out what really happened to Grace on the night she died, even if it means facing her own troubled past. But as she gets closer to the terrible truth, Kat finds herself faced with an unthinkable question: there was no way she could have protected Grace – or was there?

 

The must-read psychological thriller for 2019 from the million-copy-bestselling author of Silent Child, perfect for fans of Behind Closed Doors and The Girl on the Train.

 

Why readers are gripped by Only Daughter:

 

‘Wow, just wow!... Right from the very first page, I was hooked. I pretty much read nearly all this book in one go as that was how compelling it was… a highly addictive read with so many twists and turns. I absolutely loved it! It had me questioning everyone and everything and I loved how much it messed with my head. It’s one of those books you want to rush and tell your friends about so they can read it to so you can talk about it, as that’s how much it blew my mind. Brilliant!’ By the Letter Book Reviews, 5 stars

 

‘Ohhh this one is a fantastic, gripping, psychological thriller, from best-selling author Sarah Denzil… What a book! This book is completely littered with plot twists. Stacks of secrets, unreliable characters, a believable plot, suspense and intrigue… we are thrown right into the action right from the very beginning… A dark and gripping physiological thrillers. One certainly not to be missed.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Wow! One hell of a book!  Sarah Denzil is truly a talented author… This book had it all from page one, Mystery, suspense, family drama and loss.  Lots of twists and turns. I highly recommend this book and author to anyone looking for an unforgettable read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Wow what can I say. Amazing, creepy and so well written with so many twists. Would highly recommend this book best I’ve read in ages!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Loved, loved, loved it...read it in one sitting!! Unputdownable. Would highly recommend as a must read.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘This psychological thriller had me hooked from the very beginning… There were jaw-dropping twists and I truly felt like I was on this emotional roller coaster with Kat… Sarah Denzil has a way of writing that not only pulls you in but makes you think you know the answers before dropping another twist.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Loved every heart-pounding, twisted page of this psychological thriller. Amazing twist at the end. Would be a terrific book club pick!’ NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Another MUST READ! Twists galore that you don't see coming!!!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Another winner from one of my favorite authors… This is a pacey psychological thriller with lots of secrets and twists maintaining a high level of intrigue and suspense from start to finish. Highly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

 

‘Gripped me from the beginning, that enticing prologue that managed to say so much in just a few short paragraphs. The journey Kat goes on to find out what happened to her daughter, Grace, is thrilling and emotional, and the twists are brilliant. A thoroughly gripping read.’ The Bandwagon, 5 stars

 

‘Wow. This was such a thrilling ride.  The tale was twisted due to unreliable characters.  That was exactly what I would like to see in a psychological thriller.  The author's writing kept the story alive, gave me creeps, and made me want to keep reading until the very end of the book. If you're a fan of family thrillers, you mustn't miss this one.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

The instant New York Times Bestseller (January 2018)!

"A fiendishly smart cat-and-mouse thriller" —New York Times Book Review

"Buckle up, because you won't be able to put this one down." —Glamour

"Jaw dropping. Unforgettable. Shocking." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The best domestic suspense novel since Gone Girl." —In Touch Weekly

When you read this book, you will make many assumptions.
You will assume you are reading about a jealous ex-wife.
You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement – a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love.
You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle.
Assume nothing.

Twisted and deliciously chilling, Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

Read between the lies.

A 2018 Indie Next Pick | One of Glamour Magazine's Best Books of 2018 | One of Hello Giggles' 19 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2018

Praise for The Wife Between Us:

"Fiendishly clever...in the vein of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. This one will keep you guessing." —Anita Shreve, New York Times bestselling author of The Stars are Fire

“A clever thriller with masterful twists.” – Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Kept Woman

"The Wife Between Us delivers a whip smart, twisty plot in a taut, pacy narrative. It's terrific and troubling. This is one scary love triangle where you won't know who to trust. I loved it." –Gilly Macmillan, New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew

"A twisty, mind-bending novel about marriage and betrayal. A gripping plot and fascinating characters; this book will keep you turning the pages and guessing until the very end. A must-read!" –Lauren Weisberger, New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada

“This amazing story gallops along at breakneck speed, with an ending that smacks you between the eyes and takes your breath away. These authors are destined to become trail blazers in the field of psychological suspense books that explode in your hands!” —Nancy Simpson-Brice, Book Vault

“Like a house of mirrors, The Wife Between Us kept me guessing around every corner, delving into the complexities of marriage, friendship, and obsession.” —Javier Ramirez, The Book Table

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