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?
The Sister is the debut novel from Louise Jensen, and oh my golly gosh it’s a hell of a debut, billed as a psychological thriller it certainly lived up to expectations. In my opinion the emotional and mental developments of characters in a psychological thriller must be both plausible and believable, and the author manages this with aplomb. As Grace’s life begins to unravel thread by thread, she begins to wonder who she can trust, as so many of the characters in The Sister are flawed in one way or another. I felt empathy for Grace as she struggled to make sense of her relationship with both Charlie and her boyfriend Dan, and the secrets they kept from her. At first the character of Grace appears weak, her grief after losing her best friend and surrogate sister threatens to destroy her, but as the story progresses you realise she is much stronger than you first imagined.
I thought I had worked out Charlie’s secret, but I was totally wrong on numerous occasions. In my humble opinion for a psychological thriller to work it needs to keep the reader guessing about the nature of the characters and their actions, and again Louise Jensen manages this with flair. I found myself anticipating dreadful developments at every major point in the story, as the plot is rife with tension, and you aren’t really sure where the plot is leading. The author certainly knows how to write and I found the plot flowed without hitch and the dialogue between characters was very believable. As the plot gains momentum and Grace’s life is falling apart and danger presents itself at every turn, the fear that Grace felt was tangible and very believable.
This is by no means a fast paced book, but I liked the way The Sister built up the layers of suspense, until the tension reaches breaking point, ending in a nail biting conclusion.
I can’t believe the high caliber of debut novels that have already been released this year and Louise Jensen’s The Sister falls into this category, it’s difficult to believe this is Louise Jensen’s debut as it’s so well written.
The Sister is a story of buried secrets, lies and lost friendships and packed with tension and intrigue if you are a lover of psychological thrillers then I would highly recommend this book, in fact I would go as far as to insist you buy a copy of this book NOW!
Thank you to Bookouture and NetGalley for my ARC in exchange for an honest review
5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5
Print Length: 307 pages
Publisher: Bookouture (7 July 2016)