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Review by Suze
Julie, Louise and Sophie are sisters, but they're also friends.
Julie is a stay-at-home mother. She and her husband have four sons and they have a chaotic household. Especially their triplets are quite a handful. There's always in trouble, but they're also great kids and Julie loves them with all her heart. Her youngest son is the complete opposite, he's a lot easier to handle. Julie always thought life would be better when they'd have more money, but now that they are rich because of an inheritance she finds it lonely and difficult. She doesn't fit in with the other rich mothers at her sons' school and her husband is never home anymore, because he's too busy investing his money. Julie needs change, but will she look for it in the right places?
Louise is a successful lawyer who has a fantastic career. She has the perfect life. She likes being single and doesn't need a partner to be happy. She has a sweet daughter who is everything to her. Combining her job with being a mother is easy, she has everything under control. She thinks her daughter is a little genius, she's brilliant and she's also incredibly sweet. Louise can give her daughter everything she missed in her own childhood, she understands her so well. She's the perfect mother of the perfect little girl. Are things really going that well though or is there something going on that she doesn't see?
Sophie is lonely. Her daughter favors her ex-husband's new love. Sophie isn't the cool mother any longer and her daughter isn't very nice to her. She constantly has to fight the influence the new girlfriend has on her daughter's life. Sophie misses having a husband and she's insecure about her looks. She used to be a model and she was always gorgeous, but she can no longer compete with women who are younger and prettier and that makes her feel inadequate. Sophie knows that the girlfriend isn't as wonderful and friendly as she appears to be and she's afraid her daughter will get hurt. What about Sophie though, will she be able to handle more heartbreak and how far will she go to fix herself so she will look pretty again?
Julie, Louise and Sophie have completely different personalities. They are sisters, but they all have their own characteristics. They have their good and bad sides and Sinéad Moriarty describes them in an honest and open way. I love books about sisters and really enjoyed The Secrets Sisters Keep. It's a great story about love, loss and facing your problems. The sisters are going through difficult phases and they will come out stronger because they have each other. I liked that idea a lot. It's what makes this book so great, the strength is in the bond Julie, Louise and Sophie have with each other.
I think Sinéad Moriarty describes complex emotional situations in an understanding and respectful way. Each sister's story is moving and fascinating at the same time. I liked the switch between the sisters and every chapter is fantastic. The writing is beautiful and I could feel both the sadness and the joy. I got frustrated when something went wrong and I was happy when things were going right. I love it when a book makes me feel so many different things. The Secrets Sisters Keep is an amazing story and I highly recommend it.