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I turn to where I left my baby in his pushchair and pull up short. With a racing heart, I look around wildly, fear gripping my stomach. I only looked away for a moment. The pushchair and my baby are gone.

Kelly is taking her twin daughters to their first day of school, ushering them into the classroom, her heartbreaking to think they might not need her anymore when she turn
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Published August 8th 2019 by Bookouture
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: Noah is getting restless, squirming in my arms. Quickly, I place him back in the pram, but as I tuck the blanket around him, my hand touches something cold. Picking it out from the covers, I see it's a locket.

My first instinct is that it's mine. That the clasp must have come undone and the necklace fallen into the pram as I picked Noah up. My hand rises to my chest, but immediately my fingers make contact with the telltale shape of the locket beneath my jumper.

I stare at the one in my
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wendy Clarke has written a tense complex story that kept me invested throughout. There really was a lot going on in this book. Told entirely from Kelly‘s perspective bouncing between past and present. Kelly is now seemingly living the perfect life a lovely home, a devoted husband, two beautiful twin daughters, and a baby boy. But Kelly’s life is really just one wrong move away from falling apart. Kelly also had a bit of a tragic past. Parents who never truly loved her and a foster sister Freya ...more
Mandy White
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it
I absolutely loved What She Saw by Wendy Clarke so I was excited to read another book by her. We Were Sisters had a great story but it fell flat for me. It was slow and drawn out and the secrets were not shocking or surprising to me. The main characters were all a bit meh for me, I was hoping for more and for them to develop into people that I could connect with. Unfortunately it did not happen. I did enjoy the story but it could have been better.

Kelly has a perfect life or so it seems. Married
Louise Wilson
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kelly is taking her twin daughters to school. She has her new baby son, Noah in the pram. She lets go of the pram for a second to see the girls go into their classroom, but when she turns back round, the pram with Noah in it is missing. Panic ensues, but Noah is found safe and well outside another classroom. But there is a locket tucked into the pram. It had belonged to Kelly's sister Freya.

Kelly suffers from OCD and anxiety. We are told the story from Kelly's point of view, In chapters that are
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5

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We Were Sisters by Wendy Clarke was such a lovely, unexpected surprise and I really enjoyed it.

What it's about: Kelly has a lot on her mind when she takes her twin daughters to school for the first time. Her newborn is colicky so she's running on very little sleep, and she is stressed about letting the girls out of her sight for the first time. She walks into the school to drop them off and when she comes back
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it

A casual read that didn’t really cause any emotion either way if I am
Kelly is desperate for a Sister and all her dreams come true when her parents foster Freya, will they become close Sisters and best friends?
Freya comes with a troubled past and it seems a troubled present/future too awaits her!!
Tragedy strikes and Kelly and Freya are separated and never see each other again...
And now present day we find Kelly struggling with 3 infants and a past she wants to forget.....of course though th
Lindsey Gandhi
This is really a lower rating for me, however I rounded up because the idea of the storyline was good. I could see exactly where the author wanted to go and was trying to go, I just don't feel she delivered on it. It was dry, slow and fell flat for me. And I hate to say that, I really wanted to like this book. The characters are very bland and one dimensional, there's not any depth to their development and they make the story just drag on. And that's a shame because like I said before, the idea ...more
*thank you to Netgalley, Wendy Clarke and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*


This personally was a very hard read for me. I struggled with the chapters that were from Kelly's past as I could relate to them in a negative way. For that reason this was a huge challenge to get through what I managed but because of the issues it brought up for me, I needed to stop reading. I really wanted to push through with this but if I did I know that would have been too much f
Robin Loves Reading
Kelly is walking her twin daughters to their first day of school. It is not a pleasant experience. For one thing Kelly has OCD so the walk is wrought with problems - such as counting to a certain number while a light changes from red to green. Meanwhile, one twin is over-exuberant about her first day, while the other twin is terrified, thus leaving Kelly's nerves extra raw. Along for the walk is Kelly's baby Noah.

Kelly parks Noah's pram near the door to hand over her daughters to their teacher.
Donna Hines
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley
A parents worst nightmare visited when Kelly loses sight of her newborn son after she left him in the pushchair.
Panic ensues but then all is calm as readers realize she found Noah in front of another classroom but with a twist.
Noah had possession of a locket from her dead sister Freya who pays us more than one or two visits.
In fact most of the book was about the past and now and the back and forth of the memories surrounding Freya both good and bad.
It was chilling to engulf oneself in this new w
Lee Husemann
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a roller-coaster ride this book was. Kelly is the product of a lot of childhood issues centered around her parents always hosting foster care children in their home. Her husband, Mitch, is the product of an unhappy childhood in the foster care system. They have 3 young children and all of a sudden memories start to resurface from Kelly's childhood as well as strange events begin happening. Plenty of twists and turns in this book! Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this fantas ...more
Melissa In The City
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not only was this a twisty thriller but I found it full of emotions. The author really has a gift for making the words on a page come to life with such FEELING.
This is a story with so many twists and lots of heart.
Thank you #Netgalley, the author and the publisher for my free copy in exchange for my honest review.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
A twisty kind of a read where the author Wendy Clarke kept my brain swirling trying to figure out what was happening. I read the prose carefully, the lines and in between the lines to get to the hidden secrets. The author was clever in keeping them so deep in the psyche that I really didn't know what was the truth.

Kelly lived with her twin daughter, son, and husband when she felt that there was someone watching her. Her OCD increased due to stress, and it was really hard to see her struggling al
Katie (never.ending.reading.list)
So first of all, this book was creepy! I love horror movies and I rarely get that same scared feeling from a book but this one delivered. I had to stop reading it some nights - it was that good!
The story flowed back to the main character’s (Kelly) past life with her foster siblings and her current self as a parent of her own. Something happened with her odd foster sister Freya, and the past is coming back to haunt her and her family.
This book was a solid 5 star for me throughout. I was so intri
Judy Odom
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
We Were Sisters is told from both the past and the present which enables the reader to learn more about Kelly, the main character, and why she is OCD and over protective of her children.

Kelly is a new mom and also has twins so when strange things start to happen you can understand why her husband Mitch puts it down to Kelly being sleep deprived.

The story also tells the tale of Kelly and her foster sister Freya: " she lied she died " is on the cover. Her parents are beyond nasty to her.

I really
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
We Were Sisters is a suspenseful novel featuring Kelly, her husband, Mitch, their twin daughters and their infant son, Noah. Mitch just does not get why Kelly is so closed to discussing her past. She does not talk about the multitude of foster siblings she had growing up, or why she refuses to talk to her mother.

On the first day of school, Kelly drops off her twin daughters at school and then notices her stroller containing little Noah has been moved. She discovers a locket that matches her own
Living My Best Book Life
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down. I started reading it and didn't stop reading until 2 am. It was impossible to put down. This was my first time reading Wendy Clarke and I became a fan after the first few chapters.

We Were Sisters follows a woman named Kelly who is dealing with her past. Secrets from her younger age have stayed with her into adulthood and when she feels her past creeping back into her life it causes panic and anxiety that she never wanted to feel again.

We get to see Kelly's perspec
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kelly wishes for a sister and on her birthday that wish comes true with the arrival of the elusive Freya who her parents are foatering. Tragedy strikes and Kelly leaves her childhood behind and marries Mitch. Three children later Kelly is struggling with lack of sleep with her young baby and strange things are happening. Who’s in danger?

I loved Wendy’s first book and was over the moon to read the second and it did not disappoint. Brilliant work. Thank you to netgalley and the publishers for thi
We Were Sisters was a Class A read for me, written by new-to-me author, Wendy Clarke. This book created a whirlwind of emotions as I connected with many of the characters, experiencing all of their highs and lows.

This book was about a sisters' bond that couldn’t be broken in spite all the lies and deception that had occurred in the past. They were two souls who remained closely bonded through tragedy and heartache. Wendy Clarke's characterisation was perfect and there were people you wanted to
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
As a child, Kelly hopes her new foster sister Freya will be everything she dreams. Instead Kelly lies and Freya commits suicide. Years later Kelly’s infant disappears for a few moments. She finds him with Freya’s locket, which was buried with her years ago. Then things get dangerous.

The premise of WE WERE SISTERS was more interesting than the execution. Wendy Clarke told the story in Kelly’s present day first person POV and her third person POV for the past. Distracted by OCD in the present and
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Now this is something that rarely happens: While I didn't particularly like any of the characters (I grew quite impatient with them for behaving so very irritating) and felt that the ending wasn't really well thought trough (everything went from disaster to pure bliss in the blink of an eye) the storyline was still gripping enough to make me want to read on and keep me entertained throughout the book.
Thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for this eBook
3.5 stars

Despite not having read Wendy Clarke before, I was excited to bury myself into WE WERE SISTERS as it sounded positively enthralling! And it was...until the end.

We begin with Kelly walking her twin daughters to school for their first day, an anxious time for every parent, but for Kelly it is even moreso. Suffering from severe OCD and anxiety, Kelly finds herself counting cars, steps and everything in between to ensure her girls have the perfect first day as they walk with baby Noah in h
Lisa Jenkins
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I want to thank NetGalley, Wendy Clarke and Bookouture for an Arc of we were sisters. I was definitely intrigued when I saw the cover and it said she lied, she died. Psychological thrillers is one of my favorite types of books to read. When I read the story plot it seemed a lot different then what I had imagined but it still sounded really good.
The story starts out with Kelly taking her twin daughters to school. She has her newborn Noah with her as well in the stroller. She turns away for a mome
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Haunting psychological suspenser which tells the tale of damaged children who grow into damaged adults. There are surprises and twists but mostly it's a human story about love and loss and the need to belong.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Second book by this author, enjoyed the first a bit more.

I like the way this author writes and develops her characters. She deftly maneuvers the story from the present to the past slowly layering details along the way.

There are some surprises. Some I saw coming, and others not so much. Kelly is an interesting character, unreliable and suffering from OCD and sleep deprivation after having a new baby.

The conclusion was okay. It wasn’t horrible, really more sad. It was a strange but entertaining
Julie Lacey
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great psychological thriller from Wendy Clarke.
The story is told from Kelly’s perspective, in the present and in the past.
We learn that she once had a sister who was a foster child, and who also liked to manipulate others.
Freya was a troubled child and her time with Kelly and her family definitely had its ups and downs.
Kelly never felt close to her mum and dad so left home at the earliest opportunity.
She’s now got a family of her own and whilst she loves them dearly, she’s struggling to c
LeTresa Payne
Jul 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I will rate We Were Sisters by Wendy Clarke a 3 1/2 out of 5 stars. While the book is categorized as a psychological thriller, I did not find it thrilling at all. It was an interesting read, but it did not play with my mind as the psychological thrillers that I am used to reading have in the past. This book confused me in parts, but I shall dabble in that a little later in this review. The story is about Kelly who had a foster sister named Freya that was two years older than her. They met when K ...more
The Growing Library Jess
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
After years of her parents fostering children, Kelly gets the sister she has always wanted. Soon Kelly realizes she will never measure up to her new sister Freya in her parents eye but is Freya really as great as she seems? Now as an adult Kelly suffers from OCD and anxiety but has the life anyone would dream of. Twin 5 years old girls, a newborn so. And a husband who adores her. The twins Isabella and Sophia have recently started Kindergarten and suddenly things start to happen that Kelly can’t ...more
My god a real rollercoaster of a read. A dysfunctional family from hell and a psychological thriller and So Much More. This read has many heart breaking moments. The main characters Kelly and Freya both have so many secrets which when finally revealed left me stunned. Each chapter is either then or now which really helps the reader and fleshed out the story. Nothing is what it seems in this book. Kept me well entertained, read it in one sitting and finally turned the last page at A very ha ...more
Mia Smith
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
First, I’d like to thank @netgalley and @bookouture for exchanging an ARC of “We Were Sisters” by Wendy Clarke for my honest review. ⁣

In the beginning, I did not enjoy the writing style. I found a couple typos, and it made it seem like the book was translated into English (but I don’t think that is the case). The book was told in Kelly’s perspective, both when she was a child and when she is an adult. It provided the readers an opportunity to connect to Kelly’s character and understand her obses
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Wendy Clarke has had over three hundred short stories published in national women’s magazines. With a degree in psychology, and intrigued with how the human mind can affect behaviour, it was inevitable she would eventually want to explore her darker side. What She Saw is her debut psychological thriller, published by Bookouture. Wendy lives with her husband, cat and step-dog in Sussex and when not

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