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The Sisterhood

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  570 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
We all have a dark side...

Elizabeth Greene is devastated when her boyfriend of ten years leaves her for someone else. After a night of drowning her sorrows leads to an unexpected one-night stand, Elizabeth finds herself pregnant, alone and vulnerable.

Helen has just discovered she has a sister she didn't know she had. Bored with her privileged life in France and driven by a
Paperback, 439 pages
Published 2008 by Headline Review
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Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
Jul 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
I’ve had this book on mount To Be Read for a while now. I found it going cheap at Tesco and liking the sound of it brought it on a bit of a whim. Then I read another of Emily Barr’s novels Backpack which I loved. She’s a terrific writer, at first I thought she was an author of chick lit but her books are much darker than chick lit yet her writing still has that easy going nature to it. Fancying something different to what I’d been reading recently, on a rainy day I decided to finally get this re ...more
Tracey Farrell
A Strange one! The plot was very unrealistic and way more chick-lit than the cover suggested! Liz's situation just wasn't one you could connect with to say the least but still, I kind of couldn't put it down and it improved a bit in the middle..only a bit though!Helens story was sort of enjoyable! Wont be rushin out for more of her books but it passed a couple of days!
Chris Majoor
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spannende thriller die langzaam maar zeker naar een climax toewerkt. In het begin denk je dat het maar een gewoon verhaaltje is, maar gaandeweg begin je toch vermoeden dat er bepaalde dingen niet kloppen en dat er meer aan de hand is. Vlot geschreven, met veel plezier gelezen.
Aug 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Greene is devastated when her boyfriend of ten years leaves her for someone else. After a night of drowning her sorrows leads to an unexpected one-night stand, Elizabeth finds herself pregnant, alone and vulnerable.

Helen has just discovered she has a sister she didn’t know she had. Bored with her privileged life in France and driven by a need to gain her parents’ approval, Helen sets out to find her sister and reunite her with her long-lost mother. When her search leads her to Elizabet
Ik heb getwijfeld tussen drie en vier sterren. Het boek heeft wel iets waardoor je blijft lezen. Toch kreeg ik op een gegeven moment een hekel aan Helen. Daardoor was ik uiteindelijk blij dat ik het boek uit had. Dat heeft me even doen twijfelen aan het aantal sterren. Het verhaal zit echter goed in elkaar en heeft op het einde ook nog een verrassende wending. Vandaar dat ik het boek toch vier sterren heb gegeven. In het begin heeft dit boek meer weg van een chicklit dan een thriller. Dan verand ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it
I always enjoy Emily Barr’s books. They are what could be described as chick-lit with sinister overtones.

Whilst I found that this book was rather predictable, the pace of it and the way it is divided into sections of either Liz’s story or Helen’s story - with the occasional bit about ‘Mary’ - made it quite compelling and I found I had to keep picking it up to find out what would happen next.

My only slight criticism is that I felt the prologue was a bit of a giveaway as to what was coming!

regina dentata
disregarding all the other reasons i didn't like this book, i don't think the shifting perspective structure works for this kind of story -- we're meant to be kept guessing as the reader. having it be from either liz or helen's perspective would have worked much better for the narrative tension, and having mary's perspective added nothing at all.
Nov 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first Emily Barr book I have read. I couldn't put it down. It was dark, intriguing and I certainly didn't see the end coming! Would make a brilliant film and would love to see a sequel to this. To sum it up it was brilliant.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Another superb book by Emily Barr. This is not your typical chick lit, it's a twisty dark intriguing read with an ending I did not expect. Definitely recommended.
Got better as it progressed.
Dec 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It started off a little slow and I wasn't sure I was going to like it but then it became a real page turner. The twist at the end was totally unexpected.
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I've always felt something was missing. And then I found out I had a sister I never knew existed. Elizabeth Greene:I had to meet her"... off Helen goes to find her long-lost sister & what a page-turner that journey is. This gripping novel had me hooked.

It's written from Helen & Liz's viewpoints & this works really well as it means we, the reader, not only know the reasoning behind Helen doing what she does but we also learn the consequences that her actions have on Liz's life.
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was very good. I felt that I was invested in a lot of the characters and the detail and complexity was superb. There was so much dramatic irony and the excitement really did start to build nearer the end. I just wish that the excitement had started a bit earlier!
Nicki Chalder
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is unusual but I was unable to put it down. A good plot twist towards the end of the novel.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book Did not expect that about Tom
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As easy to read as chick-lit and, thanks to many clues along the way, quite predictable. An enjoyable page turner nonetheless.
Nov 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve read novels by Emily Barr in the past and always enjoyed them. However, it had been a few years since I’d tried one, so when I picked The Sisterhood off my shelf (where it had been languishing for SEVEN years!) I wasn’t sure whether I’d like it – after all, tastes change and I know that mine have. My fear was unfounded however – after a slow start due to my own time constraints, I rattled through this book and found it hard to put down. Without giving too much away, the premise is as follow ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’ve previously read and reviewed some Emily Barr novels and I find this book to be very much in the same genre and style of writing and positively so.

If you are used to my reviews you will know that I hate ‘chick-lit’ and happily the writing that Barr produces is always darker and more sinister than anything appealing to the generic and lighter and more mainstream lady-literature audience.

This book deals with family ties, maternal bonds and a constant search for identity - although it is called
Oct 18, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just bad. The pacing was off, the characters unlikeable and the plot "twists" were telegraphed a mile off if you've even read one novel by Jodi Picoult or watched Sixth Sense.

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John Travers
Apr 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
cheating and writing the review before I've even got 60% of the way through it, but it seems to go on forever and i dont know if i ever will finish it.

I'm used to emily barr frustrating me, i find her books annoy me but i read them because they are mostly well written, good characters, engaging. contradiction? no, what i mean is most of her books are a decent book for 75% of it until she decides to bolt on almost an entirely different book. without giving away plots, the sleeper was a nice book
Andrea Howarth-Salazar
May 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting read, with the increasingly disturbed perspective of Helen and, in contrast, Liz's normality. The reader gains sympathy for Liz and also for Helen, but in a more distanced way. It took me some time to work out that Tom was not all he seemed but I didn't guess at the exact truth! There are many twists along the way in the plot, which kept me hooked all the way.
The novel highlighted, to some extent, the potential loneliness of life in London and how individuals can feel lo
Oct 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
It's gets a star for having two twists but there's not one single likeable characterm and I'm not a fan of 'soaps'
It's not necessary to 'like' a character to enjoy a book, but they were all so very dreary that it was hard to be interested in the outcome. Sand dan Glokta on the other hand, should be thoroughly dislikeable since he is a state torturer, but I'd rather have him to dinner than anyone from 'the sisterhood'
I found all the POV swopping tedious too (especially when it covered the same g
Marissa Farrar
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this one, though maybe not quite as much as some of her other books. Like most of Emily Barr's novels, the characters in this one are sometimes difficult to like. They each have their own flaws (some worse than others)and soemtimes this makes them particularly unlovable. However, she does balance it out with reasons for the character's flaws.
I think my main reason for liking this one was because the m/c was pregnant througout. I can't help but feel empathetic towards a pregnant woman,
I bought this because it was half price, and I didn't know what to expect - I'd never heard of the author before and, having finished this, I'm quite surprised that she's had six other books published. Throughout the book, the prose was very flat and I failed to engage with or feel sympathy for any of the characters. Some of the things that happened were just ridiculous, and parts of the story were very hard to believe (surely Liz would have put two and two together earlier on?) Having said that ...more
Feb 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have not read Emily Barr before and this book would not inspire me to read any more of her titles. This novel is about a young French girl Helen with English mother and French father and her search for her half sister who she has just discovered existed when she was snooping through her mothers personal papers. The woman she believes to be her half sisters is named Liz and she lives in London and she is going through a crisis which is revealed almost at the beginning of the story. The plot is ...more
Lou Nixon
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
I do like Emily Barr's style. It's easy to read and at the same time gripping. Her character's are good too and I love that all her novels are full of travel! I did enjoy this book-I think that once you get used to the fact that there is going to be a twist at the end, it's not as exciting when it happens anymore. I've read so many of her novel's that the 'twist at the end' is expected and not at all a surprise which ruins it when it happens a little. Still a fun read, though, as with all Emily ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it

So, it was far more chicklitty than I was hoping for and not quite as sinister but I enjoyed it all the same.

Liked Barr's style immediately and her well placed little non-obvious clues for the outcome. Would definitely consider another of her efforts.

Its fair to say she created a right nut-job in Helen but was disappointed at the way she tried to gain the readers sympathy, I was happy to just think *PSYCHO* :)

Serves as a reminder to all inept mothers out there....dont be cold to your kids, yo
Ilana Fox
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm not keen on reading books about people with mental illnesses as I feel a bit like I'm exploiting them for my reading pleasure (even though I know they're fictional. Maybe I sound a bit crazy, hmm). However, this is a great book. I thought it was a little nasty (okay, so your boyfriend leaves you because of XXXX, but do you really have to get XXXX with a XXXX?) in places - Barr really beats Liz and her life up - but the character of Helen was great. Totally believable and crazy and young.

Jul 13, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
This was an easy read that kept it interesting enough to stay hooked, although it was nowhere near as 'dark' as the blurb suggested. Its chick lit tones stayed true throughout.
That being said, the twists towards the end where legitimately unpredictable, and the characters were fun to read even when they were unlikeable.
I think this book would have held its suspense if told from one of the sister's points of view, rather than both. Or if it was slightly shorter, and kept to the script. Not bad
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Emily Barr worked as a journalist in London, but always hankered after a quiet room and a book to write. She went travelling for a year, writing a column in the Guardian about it as she went, and it was there that she had an idea for a novel set in the world of backpackers in Asia. This became Backpack, which won the WH Smith New Talent Award. She has since written eleven more adult novels publish ...more
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