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Harlequin’s Her Sister’s Keeper Super Romance by Julia Penney

Harlequin’s Her Sister’s Keeper ‘Super Romance’ by Julia Penney: A Review

by Stacey Mazur




            Harlequin’s Her Sister’s Keeper “Super Romance” story by Julia Penney is more than a simple romance; it is a riveting detective story spiced up with an enormously compelling love line. It keeps you guessing till the very end.

            After the first few pages, you feel absolutely captivated by the author’s compelling writing and the eloquence of her style; you are completely absorbed by it: You simply cannot put the book down. It is a breathtaking read.

            The plot is completely unpredictable, always twisting; totally captivating, it holds the reader’s attention to the last.

            The first twist strikes when a dead body is discovered in one of LA’s hotel suites registered under the name of Ariel Harris, Melanie’s sister and the rising star in town, who is missing along with her new-born baby. But, it turns out, the dead body actually belongs to another woman…

            From that moment on the narrative is full of breathtaking turns, twisting all the way through the story.

            Truly, the book leaves you (feeling) overwhelmed; the twists of the plot  breathless… It manages to successfully combine love drama and detective story.

            Surely, after reading this, you will be longing for more of Julia Penney.


It keeps you guessing till the very end.

A mind-blowing read, a compelling story.  This book really absorbs one… 

The book is written so eloquently… Totally moving… truly absorbing…

Reading this book, you cannot fail to be totally absorbed by its compelling writing and the awe-inspiring twists of the plot that leave you gasping… for more.

It is a one-sitting read.




            The main theme of this book is the kidnapping of the main character’s sister, Ariel, along with her newborn baby, by the old, childless and emotionally unstable Russian immigrant.

            The first two chapters describe the acquaintance of the two main characters, Melanie Harris and Dr. Mattson (or simply Kent).



            The story is set in the Los Angeles district.

            Dr. Kent Mattson is juggling two jobs, one in LAPD as a police officer and a forensic psychologist, another in therapy as a private practitioner, so he would have a ‘healthy bank account’ to support his family estate in Chimeya; he had lost his wife Susan seven years ago in an accident and still hasn’t moved on with his life.

            Melanie Harris is a Hollywood actress attending Dr. Mattson to keep a promise to her best friend, Stephanie Hawke, who she promised she would get help from a professional. This should help Melanie forgive her sister for what she had done to her in the past, thus helping release her demons. She won’t forgive her sister Ariel for hiding her past-affair with Melanie’s fiancé until the last point.


            The events of the past linger in M-264765977elanie’s’ mind as she seats herself comfortably in Kent’s office. The session’s drawing to an end, and she still hadn’t uttered a single word. However what lingers on Doctor’s mind isn’t a way to help her either: his mind keeps returning to the crime scene he had witnessed that morning. As Melanie continues to insist on paying for the session in full, Kent receives a phone call from his LAPD boss, Carolyn Murphy, — there is yet another crime scene to observe.

            He rushes to the spot, but it turns out that his car had been stolen; luckily, there’s Melanie to give him a ride. With her car stuck in the parking lot, she follows Kent to the hotel, and there, in a two-bedroom suite, she discovers a dead body… of her friend Stephanie… 

Her sister Ariel, who checked in last night under the surname Harris, was with an infant, and they are both missing…  and this is just the beginning… of this truly captivating story. — That will take your breath away, leaving you literally… gasping… for air.


            There are two main lines of relationships in the book: the first is the developing relationship between the main characters  Melanie and Kent — themselves; the second  Melanie’s relationship with her family  the one that is present and missing, and that which has passed and is now in her past. Confronting the demons of her past does, indeed, mean saving her sister.

            As they’re struggling to unpuzzle the mystery of Ariel’s disappearing, the relationship between the two main characters is constantly developing and transforming. As they go exploring each other throughout the whole story  during and after the investigation of the case.

            What is more, the story gives an exclusive insight into the adrenaline-filled lifestyle of an LAPD officer and the whole department he is working for, on a daily basis, which alonebeing the proverbial-and-everyday antonym of boring—is beyond the ordinary.

                           THE CHARACTERS

           The main characters are most likeable, convincing and believable…

            But what makes them so?..

            Apparently, the literary talent of the author: the narration constantly shifts from one character’s point of view to that of another  providing insight into their inner life. You simply dive into their diverse, controversial worlds, thus exploring them from the inside.

            The description of the events taking place in the story is woven eloquently into the narrative. Such an exquisite, involving literary technique adds a certain flair to the flow of writing.

            Plus, it’s an exceptionally emotional read, appealing to a wide range of human emotions. Exploring the intricate relationships between the characters, complex in themselves, in-depth,  with one another as well as with their own selves the reader (no matter how wordly) can always find something to relate to.


            One of the best things about this book yet is (undoubtedly) the way the author unfolds the story, unveiling the characters before us, bringing in more and more details on their lives and the case as they are being uncovered by the main characters themselves,  holding the intrigue of ‘her sister’s keeper’ up to the last page, up to the very last minute, up to the last awe-striking moment, up to the final breathtaken sigh…

            Truly, the book leaves you (feeling) overwhelmed; the twists of the plot  breathless. It manages to successfully combine love drama and detective story.

           Surely, after reading this, you will be longing for more of Julia Penney.

          As for this novel, I would say I enjoyed it to the fullest and would highly recommend it to all those with a love for exploring a detective story and a novel with an enormously compelling love line, all melted into one great literary piece of art…..

Now, sit back and relax.. Let the whirlwinding world unfold before you, swallow and enthrall you, inviting you for an exhilarating read of a lifetime.

Fasten your seatbelts.

— And finally 

Prepare to be blown away by Julia Penney’s compelling novel…

For it will

— Completely

 blow your mind



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