Book Review: Sisters and Lies by Bernice Barrington

April 25, 2016 Book review, Green Giants 9 ★★★★

Green Giants is my feature where I share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors.   I’m passionate about Irish Authors, they supply us with an entertaining and exciting mix of books, hopefully you will find something new to try.  Today I’m featuring Sisters and Lies by Bernice Barrington which kept me up late reading and reading until I had uncovered every last twist!

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Sisters and Lies was a well-paced book set around two sisters who don’t know each other half as well as they think they. I always love books set around family dynamics as there is so much to relate to and add in some toxic elements and I’m sold! That’s pretty much the premise here and I was glued to it!

Book Review: Sisters and Lies by Bernice BarringtonSisters and Lies by Bernice Barrington
Published by Penguin Ireland on March 24th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Emotions & Feelings, Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Received from Publisher
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One hot August night, Rachel Power gets the call everyone fears. It's the police. Her younger sister Evie's had a car crash, she's in a coma. Can Rachel fly to London right away? With Evie injured and comatose, Rachel is left to pick up the pieces of her sister's life.

But it's hard fitting them together, especially when she really doesn't like what she sees. Why was Evie driving when she doesn't even own a licence? Who is the man living in her flat and claiming Evie is his girlfriend? How come she has never heard of him? The more mysteries Rachel uncovers the more she starts asking herself how well she ever really knew her sister. And then she begins to wonder if the crash was really the accident everybody says it is.

Back in hospital, Evie, trapped inside an unresponsive body, is desperately trying to wake up. Because she's got an urgent message for Rachel - a warning which could just save both their lives . . .

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First Line of Sisters and Lies by Bernice Barrington:


“Afterwards, everything she had done made sense.”


My Thoughts on Sisters and Lies by Bernice Barrington:

From the very start, this book has an uneasy feel. Evie is in a coma in London and Rachel flies to her side from Dublin in a panic. But it’s all very troubling, as she finds that Evie has a boyfriend her sister never knew about and he didn’t know that Evie had a sister. The circumstances leading to Evie’s accident are as clear as mud and it’s all adding up to something very wrong.

It’s told in dual POV – from Rachel’s point of view after the accident and from Evie’s point of view mid-coma but reflecting back on the events that led to this point. I was so hooked and couldn’t wait to unravel it all. I felt I guessed ‘the who’ early on but I really wanted to know the motive and that kept me in suspense for most of the book.

I also felt that even though I suspected whodunit, that the lines were blurred enough that I could easily have been wrong.  So I enjoyed guessing and second guessing myself. I also really enjoyed the character development in both sisters. I could understand what drove them both as their back stories were well-rounded and believable.

Overall with lots of manipulation, lots of intrigue and characters that crawl into your psyche and make you want to uncover everything, this is getting a huge thumbs up from me. It’s an impressive first novel and I look forward to reading more books by Bernice Barrington in the future.


Rating Report
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Overall: four-stars


Who should read Sisters and Lies by Bernice Barrington?

I’d recommend this to you if you like psychological thrillers in a domestic setting.  Also recommended for anyone who loves reading about family dynamics (especially sisters) and for those who love seeing just why a character is the way they are.   It should also appeal to fans of Liane Moriarty, Melissa Hill, Tina Seskis and S J Watson.

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


Talk to Trish:  I love books about sisters as it’s such a relatable theme.  What is your favourite family dynamic to read about?


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9 Responses to “Book Review: Sisters and Lies by Bernice Barrington”

    • trish

      The changing pov was slick too Katherine as both sisters were so different so it never felt confusing. Hope you get to enjoy it someday 🙂

    • trish

      Aw, sorry to hear that Christy. It is published by Penguin Random House so if it does well here, I’m sure it will publish in the US at some stage. It usually happens that way.

  1. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    Even if you thought you had the ‘who’ figured out, it’s nice that you could still wonder and second-guess. Fun feature too – highlighting Irish authors! I do something similar on my ShootingStarsMag blog. It’s called Bridge the Gap and it’s any book written by a non U.S. author (or non native author for anyone who lives outside the U.S.).

    Anyway, thanks for sharing. Sounds like a good one!

    Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance recently posted…Waffling On About Belgium by Catherine Hume

    • trish

      I love the guessing and second guessing, it’s my fav part of a suspense novel. I love the sound of your Bridge the Gap feature too, it’s always fun to showcase something that is important to us.

    • trish

      I know, I spotted that too! I had gotten this book for review a week or so before the CoHo cover reveal and was disappointed to see the same stock image. Especially as it’s such a striking one but it’s confusing to have it on two such different books. The drawback of using stock images 🙁

  2. Mandi

    This book is really a good read. People are not always who they appear to be. I liked the ending…

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