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The Sister-in-Law

An Utterly Gripping Psychological Thriller
Narrated by: Diana Croft
Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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"You don't think Jamie and I have secrets, do you? No, we tell each other everything", she smiled. "Including your dirty little secret. So, thinking about it, maybe it's time to start being nice to me?"

The wife: Clare is ready for a break. It's been a tough year and now she wants to put her feet up. Arriving at the Italian villa for their summer holiday, she decides it's high time her husband and his family did some of the work. After all, her husband owes her....

The husband: Even though Dan had his head turned by someone else, he's realised the error of his ways. He's here now, and he says it's for keeps. Clare can trust him, can't she? At least he'll have his brother there, to keep him in line....

The brother: Jamie is the prodigal child, back in the family fold again, after years of travelling abroad. But when he gets to the villa, he's not alone. He's brought a wife, someone none of them have met before. 

The sister-in-law: Ella is everything Clare isn't. Glamorous. Young. Influential. But she knows a secret about Clare. Something that has the power to break the whole family apart. 

And there's someone who will do whatever it takes to make sure that this deep secret never comes to the surface. 

An utterly gripping, twisty psychological thriller perfect for fans of Before I Go to Sleep, The Girl on the Train, and Date Night. 

"Tense, atmospheric psychological thriller with more twists and turns than a rollercoaster. Impeccably written and a big fat 5 stars from me. Awesome!" (Number one best-selling author Angela Marsons)

©2020 Sue Watson (P)2020 Bookouture

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Annoyance at lead women

Nearly gave up part way thru, then listened to bits of future chapters which I normally wouldn't do. Continued but characters frustrated me. Weak, bitter women. Narrator sounded like she was in a play which was very annoying.

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Horribly narrated!

I came close to returning this book as it’s so badly narrated. It’s a shame as the story itself is engaging but the narrator has an overly dramatic style which makes everything sound cliched. If I had of read this as a book I’d have enjoyed it, unfortunately I felt like I was watching a poorly acted community drama group play.

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actually a great story. enjoyed it.

Good storyline of a weak woman growing teeth. thoroughly enjoyed it.

reccomend this book. Enjoy

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Need to slap the lead woman. Slap twice.

Oh why do these writers make these women weak and whimpy. I found this story so hard to listen to. The lead female I wanted to slap. God I hat these stories

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  • SM
  • 20-05-2020

VERY LONG WINDED

This book had a very interesting premise, i was excited to get into it. However it DRAGGED. I gave up at chapter 7 and skipped to chapter 25 and hadn’t missed a thing! Opening chapters spoke of a “secret” that was finally revealed at the end of chapter 25. For the book to have become interesting, it would have needed to be at least 5x’s more sinister.
This is a story that’s been told before, only in much more interesting ways.

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  • Misty
  • 06-05-2020

Descent

I love Sue Watson books and I may have listed to too many. I found this story pretty good but a bit predictable. I made several connections early on that weren’t revealed until the end. If you haven’t read/listened to many psychological thrillers, you will love this one.

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  • Schrodingersdeadcat
  • 02-05-2020

Beautifully written..

Really good. Enjoyed every minute. Wonderful writing and narration was perfect. I won't say it's the most original premise but it's my favorite so I never tire of it. A younger pretty woman comes in dazzles the family and is only malevolent around the target making everyone think she is the bad guy. It's a classic but always entertaining.

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  • Jenn Sanchez
  • 24-05-2020

Had Higher Expectations

I really wanted to like this book, I really did. However, I feel like it was not suspenseful at all. It did keep my attention but more so, of a contemporary mystery. I did not see the end coming but the build up was kind of bland.

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  • Andrew Dunne
  • 22-05-2020

So good!

I’ve listened to all of Sur Watson’s books but this is my favorite! Could not stop listening!

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  • Denise Whiting
  • 22-05-2020

Just Ehhhh

Slow, repetitive and overwhelmingly petty. If you can make it to the end, it's kinda worth it. Surprise ending.

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  • Imaan Joshi
  • 20-05-2020

Appalling

What a waste of time I’ll never get back.

Unlikeable characters. Awful plot I could see a mile off.

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  • Havilah Beers
  • 19-05-2020

Dissatisfied...

Spoiler alert. I'll be talking about events in the book.
i think that the timeframe in this book was kind of off. it was a 10 day vacation but the actual time that the sister in law was there-based on all the things that happened? i think there's no way all of those things took place in a few short days.

also, Ella was a b*tch all the time to Clare. All the time. No one spoke up or ever noticed. Clare was super whiny about it. And when she'd say things back to Ella it was always, 'I'm sorry, but-'. Um no. You're 41 & a mom of 3 kids. some young nobody comes into your vacation spot, says & does all these horrible things & you just take it & take it & take it. wow really?

The ending. i mean i think its obvious Ella's death was a murder. And i didn't know who did it. that was ok. but the fact that Clare sides w/Ella & she's going to be there for Ella in death since she couldn't in life-unrealistic. I'd feel bad about her death. But i wouldn't re-write the brief, toxic time they had together, & if Dan hadn't done what he'd done they could've been friends. No. She wouldn't have even met her since the only reason Ella was her sister in law was she sought out the brother to revenge her sister. All that crap that happened, and now she's forgiven her because she was related to a victim blah blah blah. I'm just annoyed, i thought something in the end would've made this all make sense. make it work. i'm just annoyed i listened to a whiny character for hours.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-05-2020

the story that never ends....

could have been good, but just wasn't. rambled and went on far too long. every time I thought it was finally over, it started again. not well executed.

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  • lisa
  • 10-05-2020

loved it!!!

The character development was fabulous!!! The feelings the main character seemed so accurate. Definitely lots of twists and turns and very satisfying ending. Narrator was great too!

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  • Murder Mystery Thriller Fan
  • 14-05-2020

Another depressing tale of a ditchwater dull wimp

Ok ...... it was a great cover - a glamorous holiday setting, an intriguing premise and a writer whose books I have enjoyed in the past - well one or two which I thought were well written but became rather unbelievable.

This one started off so well and I was licking my lips as the story got going but then it took a turn for comedy with the main character quickly melting down into a stereotypical stooge and wishy washy wimp.

It was hard to know if it was meant to be funny or not but it certainly was fairly broad comedy and disappointing that this is yet another overweight, frumpy, boring woman, obsessed with her children and trying to keep her marriage from collapsing while blaming herself for not being a supermodel.

I soon began to far prefer and identify with the glamorous sister-in-law especially when there is so much anti- vegetarianism and veganism spouted against her by Mrs Dull (yes I cannot recall her name) - she only develops a backbone when she feels awkward about eating a hunk of lamb. "I am an animal lover ........ but I love eating meat! Also do not mention the benefits of not eating meat or how Veganism can benefit the planet as it is hard enough to get my kids to eat meat as it is."

Yes, it was then I jumped ship to team Ellie as she cooked fabulous Vegan meals for 5 adults and three children and Mrs Mopey moaned about not being able to make Meat Balls with her Mum in Law like she did every year.
Jeepers woman - you are a full time nurse as well as a mum of 2 very young children and a 9 year old - what are you complaining about and if you are so worried about being porky, maybe this might actually help you lose some weight.

So as cartoon style baddies and stereotypical downtrodden frumpy wives go there were really no surprises here but it could have been so much better if it had not been laid on with a trowel and if the protagonist had not been quite such a drip. She is meant to be a nurse so rather unbelievable that she could be such a pushover as that is one tough profession and this puddle of patheticness and self doubt would not have lasted a minute on the wards.

Of course Mrs Dull is just a character but she was so submissive (except about the thought of not being able to eat meat) and just such a sad domestic drone, I lost patience with her feelings being hurt and the secrets she mentioned that she was so afraid of coming out, I felt might be on a scale of swapping butter for margarine in her scones or having a gym membership that she never used.

YAWN!

Not sure if the narration or writing made this character so insufferable, I think maybe a different, less downtrodden sounding narrator might have saved the book. Weird accents, mumsy delivery and so much saliva in the read that sometimes the voice sounded like a wet bag flapping - voluminous and sloppy.

The worst thing about the book was how drearily repetitive it was, just the same topic covered in 36 different ways and rehashed again and again so the book became stagnant and I just gave up as just so many unlikable characters, bad accents, slurpy narration and nothing happening for chapters and chapter as we just covered the same old topics said in slightly different ways.

I will look out for Sue Watson again as she has written much better books before and I will also watch out for Diana Croft with a view to avoiding as just too insipid and irritating to listen to.

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  • s. jones
  • 14-05-2020

Good story appalling narration

The narrator would be more at home reading children’s stories I nearly gave up as I couldn’t stand her narration but the story kept me going

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  • Bronty
  • 24-05-2020

Okay - but narration not for me

I found the story engaging, but couldn’t listen in too big a timescale due to the narration. The narrator had a sing song style and a bit manic approach and it was not a relaxing listen. The story kept me going and I finally managed to listen to the end this morning.

Summary - story okay, but narration annoying.

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  • Vicky Newton
  • 23-05-2020

great listen!

a little slow starting for the few few chapters. however when it foes get going you are gripped!

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  • Sarah
  • 22-05-2020

thoroughly enjoyable <br />

right now, I need engaging escapism and this was just what I was looking for. kept me listening right until the end.

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  • miss r wilson
  • 20-05-2020

I couldn't wait for it to be over!

Echoing some of the reviews below, I found the story and all the characters DULL, DULL, DULL! It could (should) have been told in 5 chapters max. Whoever described it as "Utterly gripping" needs to get out more. And it was pretty obvious whodunnit....

By far the worst part of the experience was the narration. She was inflecting in all the wrong places and was interminably slow. And those accents!! I agree she would be better off sticking to kids books! I will avoid her in the future.

I do usually like Sue Watson books however, so it wont put me off buying more. :-)

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  • chucks
  • 16-05-2020

gripping story of the sister in law

this is the second book I've listened to by Sue watson. Once I started I couldn't put it down. lots of twists and turns. By the last 10 chapters I would have never expected it to end the way it did. looking forward to my next read from sue.

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  • Audible is the best❤️
  • 14-05-2020

BRILLIANT! Hooked from start to finish 💯👌🏾👏🏽

Narrator AMAZING! 💯💯💯👌🏾👏🏽can’t praise Diane the narrator enough! Infact im going to look for more books shes read! She made the book EXTRA good! The book was AMAZING and EVERYTHING i love in a story, but Diane made me actually feel like i was there and she had me imagining what the people looked like and the whole setting of the book! Thats what you call a brilliant narrator, so a HUGE well done to Diane for making the book as brilliant as she did 😊 👏🏽 and i have read another book of sue’s and I thoroughly enjoyed that too, and this one was BRILLIANT too! I couldn’t stop listening and im REALLY fussy. If I can’t get into a book within 10mins I give up on it. I loved this so much im gutted its finished ☹️ I can’t understand ANY negatives about this book or the narrator??? Especially the narrator as maybe the story isn’t everyones cup of tea but the narrator done an amazing job and I thought she was outstanding! She was able to do male voices brilliantly, which is not easy, aswell as young voices and old people too! So its 10/10 for me for story and narrator! Loveddddd it! Thank you so much Sue, Diane And audible for another great book! 👏🏽 💖 xxxxxxxxx

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  • Elizabeth Callaghan
  • 13-05-2020

Enjoyable (except accents!)

The attempt at northern accent rather put me off a bit I’m afraid. Great story though.

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  • Jennyflubug
  • 06-05-2020

great twist

it was a little repetitive at times but it still had me gripped to the end. the storyline was great. definitely worth the read, as long as you can get passed the repetition.