I enjoy reading thrillers from time to time and when I saw the blurb for The Sister by Louise Jensen, I was intrigued and couldn’t resist downloading from Netgalley.
Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 1777 KB
Print Length: 330 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1786810026
Publisher: Bookouture (7 July 2016)
“I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me …”
Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s last words, and in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie’s. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn’t know about her best friend.
When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie’s father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s sister steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and boyfriend Dan’s home.
But something isn’t right. Things disappear, Dan’s acting strangely and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace’s mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?
There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie …or was there?
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I always enjoy a dual timeline and Louise Jensen uses this to great effect in her debut The Sister. Scenes from Grace and Charlie’s childhood through to when Charlie moved away are woven through the story in present day and I felt I really got to know Grace as the past unfolds.
I had so many questions. Why does Grace think she is always to blame? Why doesn’t she have a normal family life? What things doesn’t she want to think about? The story isn’t only about Charlie’s death, there’s plenty of intrigue that kept me engaged with the story. Clues are hinted at, red herrings are thrown down and I found myself working really hard reading between the lines, trying to figure out where the story was heading. I love to problem solve but there was one thing I took at face value which was intrinsic to why Charlie moved away. I’m not sure I would have guessed who even if I had dug deeper.
The characters carried the story well. Grace’s weakness was all Anna needed to place herself firmly in her life. At first glance you might think ‘why would you do that?’ but any lifeline to Charlie would have had Grace holding on to hope and trying to make perceived amends.
I felt the weight of the atmosphere, heavy and foreboding. The isolation of the cottage was perfect and the incidents pulled at me emotionally. With the layers of intrigue there are some pulse pounding scenes and I could feel myself tensing. I loved the pace which kept me flipping those pages, wanting to reach the conclusion.
The Sister has everything you want in a psychological thriller. It is so nearly a 5* read for me. Read it for a step into the dark shadows of separation anxiety, obsession, jealousy and how the scars we carry because of guilt can profoundly affect the way we live our lives.
I would like to thank the publishers for approval via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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