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This was quite a different read with unlikable characters and their dysfunctional family. The Keating sisters and the friction between them. Kat and Eleanor. Kat was the perfect one and Eleanor was still struggling in life. This was the story of their relationship.

My first book by Amanda Brookfield, the story moved at a slow pace, jumping between the timelines with most of it being narrated by Eleanor and Nick, an old friend of the sisters.

Secrets stayed hidden in the first half. I hoped it wouldn’t be what I had suspected from the thoughts of the secondary characters. And it exactly was. The second half dealt with the repercussions of such a revelation and the way Eleanor found her way to move ahead in life.

The story needed patience to hear what the sisters were telling me. I could feel pain, anger, sadness, helplessness in their voices. There was jealousy and power games as they were growing up. The author provided adequate backstory to understand their lives.

As the pages unfurled, I was pulled more into the book, especially when the emotions were laid bare. This was not a happy book to begin with, but for some of us, life is not a bundle of joy. I could understand the sisters more as I have gone through those parts of life. I knew where their anger stemmed from.

For me, the author wrote an honest story, showing me facets of the relationship between sisters, as seen from a different angle. Life could be viewed in more ways than one.

I received a free ARC from NetGalley and publisher, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!! STRICTLY HONEST AND UNBIASED.

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Amanda Brookfield gained a First Class Honours Degree from Oxford before working at an advertising agency for several years. She wrote her first novel while living in Buenos Aires with her diplomat husband, and her second while in Washington, D.C. She has two young sons and now lives in London and divides her time between writing fiction and looking after her family.

No one gets to the heart of human relationships quite so perceptively as Brookfield.’ The Mirror

Good Girls never tell tales…
Everyone that meets Kat Keating is mesmerised. Beautiful, smart and charming, she is everything a good girl should be.

Her sister Eleanor, on the other hand, knows she can’t compete with Kat. On the awkward side of tall, clever enough to be bullied, and full of the responsibilities only an older sibling can understand, Eleanor grows up knowing she’s not a good girl.

This is the story of the Keating sisters – through a childhood fraught with secrets, adolescent rivalries, and on into adulthood with all its complexities and misunderstandings. Until a terrible truth brings the sisters crashing together and finally Eleanor begins to uncover just how good Kat really was.

Publication Date: 8th October 2019

Publisher: Boldwood Books

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