Book Review: My Sister’s Secret – Tracy Buchanan

I mentioned this in my cover reveal post a few days ago, that My Sister’s Secret was one of my most anticipated reads for 2015. When I was offered the opportunity to be part of the blog tour for this book and receive a proof copy ahead of its release date, I jumped at the chance.

ABOUT MY SISTER’S SECRET

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Everything you’ve built your life on is a lie

Willow’s memories of her parents are sun-drenched and full of smiles, love and laughter. But a mysterious invitation to a photographic exhibition exposes a secret that’s been buried since a tragic accident years ago.

Willow is forced to question everything she knew about Charity, her late mother, and Hope, the aunt she’s lived with since she was a child.

How was the enigmatic photographer connected to Willow’s parents? Why will Hope not break her silence?

Willow cannot move forward in her life without answers. But who can she really trust? Because no one has been telling the truth for a very long time.

MY REVIEW

Reading Tracy’s debut novel The Atlas of Us, left me speechless. I adored this book so very much and was feverishly awaiting her second novel. It doesn’t happen too often anymore that I stay awake reading until long after midnight (especially not with a cute little girl bouncing up and down on our bed in the mornings to wake mummy and daddy up), but once I started reading My Sister’s Secret, I simply couldn’t put it down. I always worry that a second book by an author who has written an amazing debut novel might not be as good as the first one, but I quickly discovered that My Sister’s Secret is just as captivating, intriguing and addictive as Tracy’s first book (it might even be slightly better – if that is even possible!).

The storyline of My Sister’s Secret is fantastic! Willow, who has grown up in the care of her aunt after her parents tragically died when she was only seven years old, is desperate to learn more about her mother’s past. I love that the different chapters jump in time and the reader not only gets to follow Willow’s present life, but the plot also unravels from the past when her mother was younger. The author certainly knows how to create characters that seem to become alive. By the end of the book, I felt as if I knew every single one of them personally.

The secrets Willow uncovers are out of this world! Whenever I thought I had Charity (Willow’s mother) figured out. the author threw a curve-ball at me. Not only did I love the plot, the people and the secrets in this story, but the scenery descriptions are truly magnificent. The story plays out over different continents discovering one submerged forest after the other (before this book, I had no idea what these looked like, but have since spent a fair amount of time scouring the internet).

I cannot praise My Sister’s Secret enough. This book is mind-blowing, complex and utterly compelling. Tracy Buchanan is definitely an author to look out for!

Are you an aspiring writer? Don’t miss the fantastic competition Tracy Buchanan is currently running. For further information please visit www.bookperfect.co.uk/news or follow Tracy on Twitter. 

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