Book Review : The Secrets Sisters Keep by Sinead Moriarty

July 31, 2014 Book review 4 ★★★★½


This book is the proof! Sinead Moriarty is now my go-to author when I want chick-lit featuring vivacious characters that I love to spend time with. Her humour and sparkle never fail to entertain and amuse me.

Book Review : The Secrets Sisters Keep by Sinead MoriartyThe Secrets Sisters Keep by Sinead Moriarty
Published by Penguin Ireland on 31st July 2014
Genres: Chick Lit, Contemporary Women, Emotions & Feelings, Family, Love & Romance, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

Sinead Moriarty's delicious tenth novel, The Secrets Sisters Keep, is the story of three sisters, three life-altering problems and one eternal truth: nobody knows you quite like a sister!

Sinead's writing mixes the worldly wit of Jane Green with the down-to-earth warmth and insight of Marian Keyes and will remind people just how important their sisters - and their friends-who-are-like-sisters - are to them.

The Devlin sisters rely on each other - but some things are just too painful to share, even when your sisters are your best friends ... Mum-of-four Julie thought that if her family had more money, life would be easier. But now that they've inherited a fortune, her problems are only starting. Lawyer Louise is used to having life go exactly as she wants it to. So accepting that she cannot control everything in her world is beyond her. And former model Sophie can just about cope with getting older - that's until her ex-husband finds a younger model.

All three women think that some battles are best fought alone. Maybe they need to think again ...

First Line of The Secrets Sisters Keep:

“Once upon a time there were three sisters, and a brother who went to work naked….”

My Thoughts on The Secrets Sisters Keep:

A few pages in to this book, a little bell clanged in my brain and I realised these characters were very familiar and that was the first time that I realised that this was book 2 in a series. And even better I had loved book 1 (Me and My Sisters) but don’t worry this book works fine as a standalone also.

What I love about this book is how it balances being hilarious and full of laugh out loud moments, with lots of serious issues. The issues covered are relevant to contemporary life and are more than likely something you will have experienced or seen your friends experience. The sisters have to cope with being stuck in a rut, the difficulty of trying to make friends as you get older, going back to work after raising kids, coping with step families, a husband working abroad, the diagnosis of a child with special needs and lots more.

And that all sounds like this is a drama-fest but it’s not. It’s just a very realistic portrait of a modern family and what they endure without even those who love them most knowing ever suspecting. The book is also very witty in Sinead’s trademark style so it never gets too heavy but it does make you reflect on what the characters are going through.

The book is very character driven and all the sisters have chapters from their point of view. They are all very different. These zany, loveable women drive each other crazy at times but they also support each other fiercely. Just as sisters should. Sophie, Louise and Julie are each strong in their own way but are not without their failings which makes them realistically well rounded. They argue together, cry together and hug together and if you’ve ever had a sister you will recognise that relationship that no other can replicate.

Overall, I think this is my favourite of series by Sinead even though The Baby Trail series will always be close to my heart. I love how the characters in The Secrets Sisters Keep are that bit older and how much I can connect to them. They made me guffaw, they jerked at my heartstrings and were a pleasure to spend a few hours with.

Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-stars

Who should read The Secrets Sisters Keep?

I’d strongly recommend this to all those who like their chick-lits flooded with humour and endearing characters. If you are a fan of Sheila O’Flanagan, Claudia Carroll or Sophie Kinsella then I’d recommend giving this one a go.


Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Books for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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4 Responses to “Book Review : The Secrets Sisters Keep by Sinead Moriarty”

    • trish

      Thanks Finlay 🙂 I love books that can capture serious themes but with a light hearted touch. It makes for an entertaining read.

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