Book review: The black sheep by Sophie McKenzie

Hii! I’ve done a lot of reading since my last book review and i’ve come to realise that if i don’t write down a rough review straight after finishing a book, then i’ll never end up doing one. I saw on someones instagram a while ago that they used tab post-its to help with book reviews and i thought this was an amazing idea and i am totally going to give it a go with the next book i read to see if it helps with my shitty memory.

On the back

Francesca was widowed a year ago. Since then she has focused on her children, trying to soothe their grief as well as her own. Her husband and father never quite saw eye to eye but no one could have cared more for her in the past year than her close-knit family. Finally, she feels she might be ready to move on with her life.

Until she is contacted out of the blue by someone who says he must get information to her. That her husband’s death wasn’t what it seemed. And that her family know more than they say…

Who can Francesca trust? And what will happen to her if she puts her faith in the wrong person?

My thoughts

I thought i knew who had done it most of the way through, had my thoughts confirmed, them BAM!

Fran is the widowed wife. She was married to Caspian who was an abortion surgeon who got killed in a random attack a year ago. Growing up Fran was the ‘rebel’ in her catholic family and the total opposite to her timid sister Lucy. Her mother has been dead for a few years, her dad was really anti-abortion but since his wife’s passing has become re-married and shied away i suppose from the whole pro-life thing.

On the day of Caspians memorial, Harry comes along and tells her he has information on her late husbands death. He beleives that her father is part of a violent anti-abortion group and has something to do with Caspians death.

Throughout the story you really feel for Fran as she’s trying to help her children because they’re grieving and now she’s been given this information is trying to figure out what really happened and is wondering all throughout who she can actually trust.

Lucy is the shy timid god devout sister of Fran. When she was 15 she got attacked and became pregnant, but with her sisters help got an abortion. I liked the style of writing Sophie used with Lucy, it’s in first person but i would say its kind of like a letter (like, whats in her head but directed at a particular person) and through Lucy you find out more of the history of why she is so shy and god devout more than in the present.

Harry is the person that comes to Fran with the information that he thinks her father was involved some way into her husbands death. Throughout the book Harry is a good genuine person, and the only one i didnt have any suspicion about.

This book was brilliant. About halfway through when i thought i had got my mojo back and managed to find out who it was and what was happening, i was kind of dissapointed because i thought it was just going to be dragged out with there being so much left to read…. But, if you read it and think, like me, that you’ve figured it out, your wrong! It has such a brilliant twist (to me anyway, i really might just be shit at figuring out whats happening) and it ended perfectly.

I hadn’t heard of Sophie McKenzie before but she previously wrote ‘Close my eyes’ which was a bestseller. There was an excert at the back of this book.. and after reading that i’ve had to put this on my ever growing book wishlist on amazon.

If you haven’t read ‘The black sheep’ by Sophie McKenzie.. Go and read it!! If you like the mystery psychological thrillers, then this really is for you.

Have you read ‘The black sheep’ before? If so what were your thoughts??

Also, any book reccomendations, send them my way!!

Kirsty xx

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