Review of The Sister by Louise Jensen

The Sister

This book got such rave reviews on THE Book Club (TBC) on Facebook, that I just had to give it a try.

“I did something terrible, Grace. I hope you can forgive me.”

Grace has not been the same girl since her best friend, Charlie died. Struggling to come to terms with such a devastating loss, Grace allows everything in her life to slide, especially her relationship with her boyfriend, Dan.

In a bid for answers, she opens an old memory box that she and Charlie buried many years previously, but the box doesn’t provide the answers Grace seeks.

One thing Charlie wanted more than anything was to find her real father. Saddled with an alcoholic mother who is more interested in her next drink than taking care of her daughter, Charlie is obsessed with finding him. And now that she can’t do that for herself, Grace decides she will find him instead.

Through her campaign on social media, Grace finds Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie’s half sister. But when Grace moves Anna into her home, terrible things begin to happen…

This book has so many twists and turns that it made my head spin. Yes, some of them are completely predictable, but I got the sense that the author intended for that predictability, to lead the reader down a predetermined path.

Louise weaves a wonderful tale, and whilst the switch between ‘THEN’ and ‘NOW’ (the way she moved between the past and present) sometimes was a little frustrating, especially when the previous chapter ended on a cliffhanger, overall the storytelling was sublime.

There are tears, sadness and full-on gasp out loud moments, and I certainly didn’t guess the ending.

I would highly recommend reading this debut novel from an author we have definitely not heard the last of.

A stonkingly brilliant five stars from me

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