Three ambitious, rivalrous sisters. And a deadly secret, which one of them is determined to keep buried at any cost . . .
Deeley is the fake girlfriend of a Hollywood TV hunk, who is secretly gay. But Deeley’s five-year contract is up, and his cut-throat publicist wants Deeley out. So, dejected and penniless, Deeley wends her way home to London, hoping to re-establish links with her two estranged elder sisters…
Devon is married to the nation’s-favourite-rugby-hunk Matt, and has her own highly successful TV career, as the sexy hostess of her own cookery show. But behind her buxom faÇade, Devon is lonely and frustrated, and when a live celebrity cook-off shows her up as a fraud, she leaves sweet Matt and runs off to Tuscany, to learn a few lessons – not just in cookery – from an Italian master.
Lastly, there’s Maxie: a politician’s wife, Maxie is fiercely ambitious. She’s furious when Deeley, hard on her luck, sells the sisters’ childhood story to a tabloid newspaper, revealing their impoverished roots and unsavoury parentage. The story undermines Maxie’s carefully cultivated image, and the fallout threatens to be devastating. But Maxie is only too aware that there is much more Deeley could yet reveal. What murderous secret lies in the sisters’ past? And just how far will Maxie go to keep it buried?
If you like your reading packed with glitz, glamour, rivalry and intrigue then Bad Sisters is the book to get this summer! The story starts with a bang as the prologue takes readers back to 1993 where sisters Maxie, Devon and Deeley McKenna form a tight knit trio as they struggle to deal with life. With a drug addicted mother in prison ,they are homeless and penniless, thankful to be taken in by their Mum’s boyfriend Bill. But all isn’t what it seems and the events of one particular night changes the sister’s lives forever, forcing them to keep a deep dark secret.
Fast forward eighteen years and the three Mckenna sisters have certainly come up in the world. With chapters covering each sister in turn, readers are given a detailed insight into the privileged lives that Deeley, Devon and Maxie now lead. Deeley is living a pampered life in LA as ‘fake’ girlfriend to her gay tv star friend; Devon is a Nigella-style TV star in her own right with a cookery show and Maxie, the super ambitious sister is married to an MP having graduated Oxford and completely buried any traces of her poor start in life. I really enjoyed the detailed descriptions of the very different worlds that the three sisters live in; reading this book felt like an insider view into the celebrity and political worlds and a very believable one at that – even the more shocking elements!
Rebecca Chance has created characters that you will love or hate or even love to hate; all three sisters provoked a strong reaction in me as a reader and I thought their personalities gave a real spark to the story. Maxie is the brains and ambition, Devon the glamour and beauty and Deeley the most down to earth of the three. I took to Deeley straight away, initially feeling sorry for the nine year old Deeley as she struggled with the events of 1993 and feeling sympathy for her as she loses her ‘job’ and is forced to return to London hoping that her sisters will give her a warm welcome. Deeley is the youngest and most innocent sister; she doesn’t always get it right but her heart is in the right place and as the book progressed I found myself willing everything to turn out alright for her. I also liked Devon, although I found her obsession with being a size twelve slightly annoying at times and I thought she treated her husband terribly but as the story unfolded, I found myself warming to her. I couldn’t warm to Maxie at all but found her actions and ambition gripping and I love that she kept me wondering what she would do next.
The plot is well put together and detailed with the three sisters’ very different lives giving plenty of variety and interest taking in some amazing locations including Tuscany, LA and Jersey. As the sisters carry on with their lives in the present, with sub plots covering their careers and relationships, further details of the past emerge slowly keeping the reader guessing as to what will happen next. In true bonkbuster style, the story is punctuated with some seriously sexy scenes with hot male love interests including an Italian prince and an England rugby hero.
Bad Sisters had me turning the pages as quickly as I could to find out what lengths the McKenna sisters would go to to realise their ambitions and hide their dark secret. As the past finally catches up with the present, the book concludes with a clever twist that I did not see coming. I love it when an author keeps me guessing or surprises me and Rebecca Chance certainly did that with this book – a great summer read.
Bad Sisters is out now and I’d like to thank Simon & Schuster for sending me a copy to review.
You can find out more about Rebecca Chance and her novels at: http://www.rebeccachance.net/