Monday, 6 February 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin

I've been getting through quite a lot of great thrillers recently, but after reading Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin (author of The Girl Who Lied), I have to say that this is one of the best so far.

Clare didn't think that she would ever see her sister Alice ever again. Separated as young children, time had moved on with no word from the little sister who was taken to America by her father and never returned. Despite many attempts to track her down, including a private investigator, Clare and her mother had never been able to locate Alice.

Clare, now a successful lawyer, wife to artist Luke and mother to two young girls of her own, gets a shock when a letter from Alice arrives out of the blue. Clare's long-lost sibling wants to meet, leaving Clare and her mother ecstatic at the prospect of them all being reunited again.

Alice's arrival from the States begins as nicely as anticipated, with the three women getting to know each other, their mother desperate to connect with the little girl who was taken away from her all those years ago. Alice is sweet, bubbly, and even though a little fussy, is seemingly easy to get along with. In fact, Alice is finding it quite easy to get along with Clare's husband Luke.

With Alice staying in the house that Clare and her family share with her mother, the new arrival is settling in rather nicely. However, something just doesn't seem right to Clare.She could be imagining it, but little things about her sister are beginning to irritate her; Alice's almost fake pleasantries, her closeness with Luke, the fact that Alice is borrowing her clothes, the comments that don't seem right somehow.

As Clare's suspicions grow, so do her fears, and with events that she doesn't know are experienced or imagined, finds herself in a crisis. There's something amiss about her sister, and she's determined to find out what it is, no matter what gets in the way...

I'm going to stop there, because I feel I may have said too much already. This is a novel that has to be read if you're a fan of thrillers. I read Sister, Sister quickly, during every spare minute, because it was impossible to put down my Kindle. When Clare's world is turned upside down again due to her sister, can she cope? The tension in this novel is fantastic. Sue Fortin has provided a winning formula; mystery, family drama, startling revelations, challenged relationships, an unpredictable conclusion and plenty of action. It's a book that constantly keeps you guessing. It's utterly brilliant.

Rating: 5/5

Thank you to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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