Review: The Sister by Louise Jensen

The Sister by Louise Jensen

Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friend Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s words, the last time she saw her, 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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Author: Louise Jensen

Title: The Sister

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publication Date: July 7, 2016 by Bookouture

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I received an advance review copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley and Bookouture.

Best friends Grace and Charlie were inseparable throughout their childhood, but shortly after Grace’s 18th birthday, Charlie left without warning, leaving a note for Grace asking for her forgiveness. But forgiveness for what?

Years pass before Grace sees Charlie again, but before she has a chance to talk to her about why she left so abruptly, Charlie dies, leaving Grace devastated and feeling as if she were somehow the cause of it all. Desperate for answers, Grace unearths the memory box she and Charlie buried ten years earlier, and finds a letter inside. In it, Charlie confesses her wish to find her father, whose name she never know. Grace decides to find Charlie’s father; after getting his name from Charlie’s mother, she begins an online search for him with the help of her boyfriend, Dan. She is contacted by Anna, the half-sister Charlie never knew.

Grace immediately bonds with Anna, who is eager to learn more about her lost sister, and she allows Anna to move into the home she shares with Dan. He’s not happy about the situation and wants Anna to leave, but Grace is comforted by Anna’s presence, and not just because of the link to Charlie; someone is stalking Grace. Phone calls from someone who never speaks, and a red car that always seems to be lurking nearby have Grace on edge. Her relationship with Dan is strained, and she’s afraid to be alone. Fallout after an incident at work have her convinced someone wants to hurt her, but who… and why?

Jensen’s debut novel, The Sister, is psychological thriller at its finest. Flashbacks to the past serve to deepen the mystery of Charlie’s disappearance, giving just enough insight to tantalize without revealing anything too soon, and hinting at Grace’s own mysterious past. Each discovery of the past (and present) leads to more questions in this skillfully written thriller. It will have you questioning the motives of all the main characters, leading to a stunning revelation that will blow you away. Treat yourself to a delicious summer read with The Sister, and put Louise Jensen on your author radar. Trust me… you’ll be glad you did.

About the Author

Louise Jensen
Louise Jensen

Louise Jensen always wanted to be Enid Blyton when she grew up, and when that didn’t happen she got a ‘proper’ job instead.

Several years ago an accident left Louise with a disability and she began writing once again, to distract her from her pain and compromised mobility. But writing turned out to be more than just a good distraction. Louise loves creating exciting worlds, dark characters, and twisted plots.

Louise lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, sons, a madcap spaniel and a rather naughty cat, and also teaches mindfulness.

Author photo and bio via Bookouture.

 

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5 thoughts on “Review: The Sister by Louise Jensen

    1. You’re welcome! I hope you read it, it’s a great book. I have The Stepmother coming up on my reading schedule, and I’m really looking forward to it.

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