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Emily Barr
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18 Sep 2008

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 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 Elizabeth the two women become closely linked. But their connection to one another is founded on a dark deception, with the truth having extreme consequences...

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (18 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755335570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755335572
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Barr is the well-loved and bestselling author of BACKPACK, the original backpacking novel, and many other highly acclaimed novels. A former journalist, she has travelled around the world and written columns and travel pieces for the Observer and the Guardian. After living in France, Emily and her husband (whom she met backpacking) have settled in Cornwall with their three children. For more information on Emily Barr visit her website

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'One brilliantly compelling page-turner' Closer

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Emily Barr has written columns and travel pieces for the Observer and the Guardian for several years, and her previous novels BACKPACK, BAGGAGE, CUBAN HEELS, ATLANTIC SHIFT and PLAN B were critically acclaimed. She lives in the south of France with her husband and two sons.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shaky start, but builds to a good ending... 8 Nov 2008
By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This is the second book I've read by Emily Barr, so I didn't have many preconceived ideas about what to expect. What a discovered was a blend between women's fiction, and a thriller. It's quite a dark tale, but with lighter moments too.

I have to say that I wasn't so keen on the beginning section of the book, as I felt it lacked a good introduction to the characters, and their lives. We meet Liz as her relationship crumbles quite dramatically, and Helen as she's sneaking around in her mother's belongings. I found it hard to feel anything for Liz, because I hadn't had time to get to know her, and it felt strange finding Helen snooping, without knowing anything else about her.

However, I persevered, and I'm very glad I did. As you carry on reading, you certainly get to learn more about these two women, and their very different situations, and you can feel the tension starting to build. By the second half of the book, I was fighting against sleep, because I just had to find out what was going to happen next!

As often happens in books such as this, Liz's pregnancy does seem a rather convenient happening, but it is quite possible. Her choice of partner was also a little unusual, but certainly adds an interesting slant.

The most fascinating character for me however was Helen, and it was her thoughts and actions which kept me hooked. Emily provides a chilling insight into her damaged personality and thought processes.

Going by previous reviews, this isn't a book for everyone, and I can understand that. It does have some bad points, but I felt that Helen's character, and the overall growing tension more than made up for them. I believe that this is a book that you need to judge for yourself, but it certainly kept me hooked, and sitting up late!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oooooooooo creepy... 9 Nov 2008
By LittleReader VINE VOICE
As EB's novels go, 'The sisterhood' is one of her finest. Perfectly constructed, it tells the tales of Elizabeth - left by her husband after 10 years and across the Channel, Helen - a 20 yr old French girl on a mission and how their lives come crashing together.
Eerie and suspenseful, the timing is perfect and the pages are turned ever-faster as the story reaches it's, very unexpected, conclusion. With a few very nasty twists in the tail, this novel will have you on the edge of your seat. Dark and nailbitingly clever. Enjoy...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I have read in a long time 6 Nov 2008
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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Nana G
I've enjoyed a lot of Emily Barr's novels, but this one seems like a real step forward. It's chilling and gripping, but also funny and hard to put down. I will definitely be buying her next one!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! 26 Feb 2008
This is Emily Barr's greatest book to date. Being both witty and dark it was impossible to put down. The chapters flowed effortlessly as the story unfolded. I loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner 28 Nov 2010
It seems to me that the extent to which you enjoy this book depends on how convincing/creepy you find Helen, the 20 year-old-girl who comes to London to track down her missing half-sister, abandoned by their mother Mary in the 1960s. I found her both of those things, although to begin with, the tone of her narrative takes some getting used to. After a while, though, you begin to understand what a damaged person Helen is, and her misguided attempts to heal her broken family seem poignant, as well as genuinely scary. I also liked Liz. Occasionally the plot requirements did seem to direct the action - notably for me in the way Liz is abandoned by all her friends, leaving her alone so that Helen can insinuate herself into Liz's life - but for the most part, I thought it all hung together very well. I didn't see the plot twists coming, either! I found this book utterly absorbing and creepily enjoyable.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars easily as good as Plan B 6 Aug 2008
I have always been a fan of Emily Barr's books and thought this was a real return to form (my absolute favourite is Plan B). Really gripping, and, like her best books, quite dark. She has a good eye for contemporary London and a cracking ear for dialogue (which often gets on my nerves in lesser modern fiction). I have recommended Barr to lots of my friends and never known anyone not to enjoy her books.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Katie H
I'm genuinely amazed that this book has got so many good reviews, I found it quite hardgoing and a little bizarre, and I've enjoyed all of Emily Barr's previous books and bought this without a second thought.

Firstly, I'm not really a fan of books which start with their ending, I wish I'd known to skip the first bit as I then guessed the twist a mile off and it spoiled the suspense a little. I found the characters thoroughly obnoxious, virtually without exception. I really couldn't warm to any of them, even Liz, who seemed fairly spoiled and petulant, and must have been a little odd for her friends and family to have so readily turned against her.

There was little depth to most of the characters, what on earth was that Rosa/Ross character about? She was hardly explained, and the whole situation between her and Liz seemed utterly implausible to me. And Kathy, Matt and Roberto - all very weird in my opinion.

I also found the portrayal of mother-daughter relationships fairly bleak, was Mary supposed to have had post natal depression after Elizabeth? Was Helen actually mentally ill? So much could have been done to explore these issues but they were dealt with very superficially and the whole book came across as a fairly depressing read about, as another reviewer rightly said, "a whole host of odd bods."

I know I'm really in the minority but I actually struggled to finish this book and won't be recommending it to anyone, I'm afraid.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me a bit of 'Cuban Heels'
I like reading Emily Barr's books and this one is up there with the best of them. Although it follows a similar structure to her other books, this still has plenty of surprises... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Katie85
4.0 out of 5 stars unputdownable
Very good story keeping you guessing to the end
Will now read more Emily Barr
Would recommend it to friends
Published 5 months ago by rex marchant
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good an ending as I expected
the ending of this book wasn't the grand finale i expected but I still struggled to put it down as it is very gripping and psychology thrilling. Read more
Published 5 months ago by carolinep967
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Excellent read . This is the second Emily Barr book I have read and it was a great read. I couldn't put it down and read it over 2 days.
Published 6 months ago by C. G. Byrne
4.0 out of 5 stars Chillingly compulsive, a great read
Emily Barr has a gift for conjuring up very vivid images with her prose, her descriptions are meticulously detailed, like an artist painting a picture in your mind - and the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ms. E. J. Kingston
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Barr is a brilliant writer, read 'Sleeper' and got tempted to read more of her books, chose 'Sisterhood' and this rather spoiled my Sunday as I just sat at home and finished... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Redberry_Cooler
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I really enjoy books by Emily Barr and couldn't wait to read this one. I found this a bit far fetched and not quite as gripping as her other titles, but still an enjoyable read,... Read more
Published 12 months ago by busy mum
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sisterhood
I had this book on my 'to read' shelf for quite a while & I am glad I have now made the time to read it as it was an amazing book. Read more
Published 15 months ago by adamant_wigan
3.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit with a darker edge
There are some seriously screwed up characters in this book, which I guess takes it a notch above most chick-lit paper thin characterisations. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2011 by Sara Boltman
4.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit with a sinister twist...
The thing I enjoy most about Barr's writing is her ability to really get inside the heads of her characters, and this novel was no exception. Read more
Published on 15 Jun 2010 by Nicola F (Nic)
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