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The Ugly Sister

Narrated by: Joanna Bobin
Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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When it comes to genes life's a lottery....

As Abi knows - she's spent her life in the shadow of her beautiful, glamorous older sister Cleo. Headhunted as model when she was 16, Cleo has been all but lost to Abi for the last 20 years. So when Abi is invited to spend the summer in Cleo's large London home with her perfect family, she agrees despite serious misgivings. But maybe Cleo is finally as keen as Abi to regain the closeness they shared in their youth?

Abi is in for a shock. Soon she's left caring for her two young, spoilt nieces and handsome, unhappy brother-in-law, while Cleo plainly has other things on her mind. As Abi moves into her sister's life, a cuckoo in the nest, she wrestles with uncomfortable feelings.

Could having beauty, wealth and fame lead to more unhappiness than not having them? Who in the family really is the ugly sister?

©2019 Jane Fallon (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Kept me wanting more

I really enjoyed this book and came to love the characters! I was a bit disappointed in the ending however. There wasn’t really any conclusion to the things that were building in the book.

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Felt like it ended abruptly - disappointing ending

Story is enjoyable and interesting however it ends rather abruptly making it very disappointing - I wouldn't recommend, there are much better Jane Fallon books on offer.

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Great book but unfinished.

I enjoyed this story but I’m assuming there is a sequel. It just stops.... strange

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Abrupt ‘non ending’ spoils good story

The character build up and descriptions are great but the sudden ’non end’is such an anticlimax!! What happened? Did the author run out of steam? The narrator is great But I feel robbed and let down!!!!! Sure- we can ‘write our own’ imagined end to this love triangle - and it may be trendy for the author to steer away from a neat ‘Hollywood ‘ story- BUT- for a relaxing, entertaining audiobook this is is not good enough Try again Jane Fallon!

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2nd Review - Ending Unsatisfying

I reviewed this book before it ended, and while I enjoyed it and stated it fell short of Fallons usual standard, when I heard the ending I was disappointed. It was like she had to get it off to the publisher finished or not. It wasn't a cliff hanger, it just stopped!

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Terrible ending!!!

The story seemed to be building and then it just ends without warning. It’s like they lost the last chapter of the book.

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  • Catherine
  • 16-08-2019

What on earth happened to the ending?

This was quite a good book, interesting and believable, but not as good as all of her other books. Even so, I would have given it 5 stars if not for the sudden abrupt ending! I was waiting for the narrator to say, "Chapter 28" but she didn't. Instead I heard "Audible hope you've enjoyed this book" ????? I looked at my phone thinking I must've pressed something by mistake and skipped to the end of the book, but I hadn't - it HAD actually finished. I couldn't believe it! What happened? Did the author get fed up with the story? Did the narrator go on strike? The ending left me wishing I hadn't bothered listening to the previous 10 hours, it became a complete waste of time. It was like reading a good book, only to discover too late that the last 20 pages were missing. If the author thought this was a clever way to end a book - it wasn't!!!! I would never recommend this book to anybody.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-09-2019

What happened to the ending?

Had to look at the reviews to check that I hadn’t missed a massive section at the end. There is no ending it’s like she gave up, maximum word count reached. I don’t know if there is a second book to it. It feels like there needs to be to finish off all the loose endings.

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  • Nichola Mollison
  • 16-08-2019

The ugly sister

So disappointing, long winded and such a poor ending . Cannot recommend this book at all.

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  • Jane
  • 05-08-2019

Wish I hadn’t bothered

Well I have always enjoyed Jane Fallon but this story has put me off and I don’t think I’ll read another as I don’t like to feel this way having read a book through to the end. The narrator however was excellent I will say that.

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  • CJ
  • 24-08-2019

This book has no ending. It just stops.

Overall this story was ok except that it dragged on a bit - presumably the author thought so too as it came to a sudden end with no conclusion of any kind. Perhaps she too was bored. Very frustrating having stuck with it for far longer than it should have taken to tell the tale. I assume a sequel is planned but I won’t be bothering to read it in case it too just stops rather than ends. The only saving grace was the narrator.

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  • Karen Harris
  • 28-07-2020

The ending!

This was not an ending- it was 3 chapters too short. Did the author get bored .

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  • Weliza
  • 31-08-2020

Poor, unbelievable storyline

I did not enjoy this Jane Fallon book very much. The storyline was very contrived and unbelievable. I have enjoyed previous books from this author, but, as other reviewers have said, this was a failure.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-06-2020

So good

Another great book by Jane Fallon. Loved it from start to finish. Interesting characters including the children.

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  • Mim S
  • 26-04-2020

Love Jane's Work!

Once again, I was not disappointed. What a wonderful story! True to many families I think, when one sibling seems to have all the attention on them growing up. I really enjoyed this book and it's a great read.

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  • RenataW
  • 02-02-2020

Fantastic audio book, interesting story

I loved the narrator, story is easy to follow and makes great experience. Love Jane Fallon books