It always makes me think twice about a book when I see that the title on Amazon feels like it has to try to convince you to read the book. In this case it is:
The Sister: A psychological thriller with a brilliant twist you won’t see coming
Cast aside any prejudices that you might feel from reading that and allow yourself to get lost in Louise Jensen’s debut novel.
Grace is struggling day to day. Since her best friend Charlie died she has been going through the motions and trying to piece together the missing parts of Charlie’s life. Grace’s relationship with high school sweetheart Dan has been strained and she is trying to make things right.
When Dan offers to help her find Charlie’s father who abandoned her pregnant mother it is the first time they have done anything together for ages. They are contacted by a girl called Anna with Charlie’s haunting eyes who claims to be Charlie’s half sister. As she becomes ensconced in their lives and in their home Grace starts to wonder who Anna really is.
Like many similar thrillers the book switches between the present day and school days as the relationship between Grace, Dan and Charlie is explored and developed. As it happened I half saw the twist coming but not to the extent that it actually turned out to be. For a debut novel this felt really accomplished and was a thoroughly engrossing read.
Many thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for supplying an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
UK Publication Date: 7th July 2016. 307 pages