My Sister and Other Liars by Ruth Dugdall #BookReview

About this book…

Sam is seventeen, starving herself and longing for oblivion. Her sister, Jena, is mentally scarred and desperate to remember. Between them, they share secrets too terrible to recall.

Eighteen months earlier, Sam was still full of hope: hope that she could piece together Jena’s fragmented memory after the vicious attack that changed their family forever. But digging into the past unearthed long-hidden lies and betrayals, and left Sam feeling helpless and alone in a world designed to deceive her.

Now, in a last bid to save her from self-imposed shutdown, Sam’s therapist is helping her confront her memories. But the road to recovery is a dangerous one. Because Sam has not only been lying to her doctors: she’s been hiding dark secrets from herself.

My review…

Having been a huge fan of Ruth Dugdall after borrowing a copy of The Woman Before Me when I ran out of books on holiday one year (a mistake that I have NEVER repeated thanks to my trusty kindle!) I have been eagerly awaiting this new book. So I was rather excited that I was able to read it early due to it being a Kindle First choice for April on Amazon UK! My Sister and Other Liars isn’t another in the Cate Austin series but a dark, standalone domestic suspense and it’s absolutely brilliant!

Emotionally though, I found parts of this book very hard to read in places. The storyline itself was addictive and totally gripping but the scenes where Sam is talking to her therapist and the other anorexic girls were painfully realistic and I found I was actually gritting my teeth whilst reading those interactions. It was unashamedly direct in its detailing of how Sam was reacting to an unknown life changing event in her past and the depth of feeling inspired by those intimate exchanges was truly heartfelt. I felt uncomfortably voyeuristic as the narrative started to lead up to discovering what those secrets were, some of which I suspected but most didn’t click until they slapped me in the face.

Ruth Dugdall has the most beautiful and intelligent writing style, slowly weaving her tale until it has you under its spell, almost afraid to keep reading for fear of what you will discover. It’s such a dark and distressing journey for her expertly crafted characters that I wanted to break away from it at times to gather my thoughts but found it was just impossible to let Sam and Jena go.

This is a chilling suspense novel, both terrifying and heart-breaking in its honesty in dealing with some very emotive issues. And I think it is actually my favourite Ruth Dugdall since the first one I read on that sunlounger so this one is highly recommended by me!

My Sister and Others is published by Thomas and Mercer on May 1st unless you subscribe to Kindle First and is available to purchase from Amazon UK by clicking the book title above.

Meet the author…

Ruth Dugdall

Ruth Dugdall was born in Hull and studied English literature at Warwick University before training as a probation officer. She decided to concentrate on her writing career when her novel The Woman Before Me won the 2005 Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award. Her novels are informed by her direct experiences working within the criminal justice system and are published internationally. My Sister and Other Liars is her sixth novel.

Ruth lives in Suffolk with her husband and two children.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

6 thoughts on “My Sister and Other Liars by Ruth Dugdall #BookReview”

  1. You ran out of books on holiday!! How did you manage?? Sister books seem to be in at the moment and I read three on holiday over Easter…but none quite so tense and dramatic as this one. Great review…I feel emotionally exhausted just reading the review, sounds like a terrific book.

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    1. I know! It’s before I had my kindle and I didn’t pack enough books as it was without my kids and I can obviously read a hell of a lot more when they aren’t there lol.
      Yes there are a few Sister books out there-they have taken over from the Girl of last year I think! 😂

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