The Sister Effect: A Novel

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16 reviews

About this ebook

"Mallery beautifully illustrates the power of female friendship and the importance of reaching for one's dreams."—Publishers Weekly

Beloved bestselling author Susan Mallery brings readers an emotional, witty, and heartfelt story that explores the nuances of a broken family’s complex emotions as they strive to become whole in this uplifting story of human frailty and resilience.

Finley McGowan is determined that the niece she’s raising will always feel loved and wanted. Unlike how she felt after her mom left to pursue a dream of stardom, and when the grandfather who was left to raise them abandoned her and her sister, Sloane, when they needed him most. Finley reacted to her chaotic childhood by walking the straight and narrow—nose down, work hard, follow the rules.

Sloane went the other way.

Now Sloane is back, as beautiful and as damaged as ever…and she wants a relationship with her daughter. She says she’s changed, but Finley’s heart has been burned once too often for her to trust easily. But is her reluctance to forgive really about Sloane or worry over losing what she loves the most? With the help of a man who knows all too well how messy families can be, Finley will learn there’s joy in surrendering and peace in letting go.

Don't miss The Happiness Plan, a new novel coming from #1 New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery where three women experience hope, heartache, and the power of friendship as they search for true happiness!

Ratings and reviews

16 reviews
Vickie Watts
March 7, 2023
Hauntingly poignant story of a family in crisis that is told with wit, humor and realistic details. Finley has problems forgiving. Sloane is an alcoholic who is struggling with her disease. The two sisters must learn to accept each other’s flaws and also look for a way to find hope for the future. A beautifully told story! All opinions expressed are my own.
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Jade Boger
March 19, 2023
I really enjoyed The Sister Effect by Susan Mallery. She touches on so many aspects of families who are are torn apart by addiction. It's also about hope and forgiveness and learning to love and trust after hurt and betrayal. This is a great summer read with all of the feels.
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Rhonda Wilks
March 14, 2023
I first want to thank the author for a copy of the book for my opinion. This story is about family and forgiveness. This was well written and I could relate in some places. I really felt for Finley and Jericho. It seems that everyone is telling them they are supposed to forgive and forget, and in Jericho's case forgiveness wasn't even asked for! Jericho sounds yummy by the way! Finley took in her sister's daughter and raised her when Sloane couldn't. Sloane then made a mess of Finley's life and
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About the author

#1 NYT bestselling author Susan Mallery writes heartwarming, humorous novels about the relationships that define our lives—family, friendship, romance. She's known for putting nuanced characters in emotional situations that surprise readers to laughter. Beloved by millions, her books have been translated into 28 languages. Susan lives in Washington with her husband, two cats, and a small poodle with delusions of grandeur. Visit her at

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