Friday 16 April 2021

Book Review: The Sister-in-Law by Pamela Crane

The Sister-in-Law by Pamela Crane book cover

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THE WIFE: It was a whirlwind romance and a shotgun wedding, but weeks into their marriage, Candace realizes that moving in with Lane also means moving in with his possessive, uptight sister. And there’s no room for three in this marriage...

THE SISTER-IN-LAW: Harper is the kind of woman who cooks homemade meals and dusts under the furniture – it’s the least she can do for her brother as he’s been sharing his home with her and the kids since her husband’s mysterious death. But then Candace showed up and started asking questions...

THE HUSBAND: All Lane has ever wanted is a white-picket-fence life. The wife. The two-point-five kids. The happy little family. And everything seemed to be falling into place with Candace until Harper’s jealous streak got in the way, again. But choosing between his sister and wife will be costly – and knowing Harper, the price could be blood...

Tense and suspenseful, The Sister-in-Law is a creeping, domestic thriller novel. 

The book follows three main characters - siblings Harper and Lane, and Lane's new wife Candace. The lives of the trio are intertwined and woven together by lies, deceit, and plenty of secrets that soon get revealed throughout the story. 

The characters are all different and each has his or her own flaws, strengths, and weaknesses. Despite this, though, I struggled to empathise with any of the characters and found their personalities to be rather uninspiring. Much of the early parts of the book are taken up by verbal catfights between Harper and Candace which I felt detracted from the main plot. 

It's always difficult to know who to root for in a thriller like this, but sadly, I was not invested in the characters' lives at all. They seem to change their opinions on a whim, going from one extreme to the next, chapter by chapter. This leaves the story feeling disjointed and I did find my attention wandering a few times while reading the book. 

This book's pace is quite slow, helping to build the tension and create a tauter atmosphere as the stakes climb higher. While the overall plot flows well, it does drag at points yet seems to rush through others. The initial premise and set-up of the story are great and it's really involving right from the start. However, the rest of the book seemed unable to live up to its promising opening. There are multiple twists and turns throughout the book - as well as a few red herrings - but unfortunately, I saw the final twist coming a long way off.

While The Sister-in-Law wasn't for me, it might just be your next favourite read! 

Rating: 2 stars

The Sister-in-Law is available to buy now. 

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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