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?
To be honest, The Sister was a bit slow-paced at first and it took a while for me to warm up to the story and the characters. This is a story about a friendship so strong that you’d do anything to keep it alive, even if that person is not with you anymore.
Grace and Charlie had been best friends for fifteen years but fell apart when they were eighteen because of Charlie’s sudden disappearance. Then, 7 years later, Charlie dies and Grace doesn’t know how to cope with it… so she starts investigating Charlie’s past in order to look for her father, whom she never knew. I have to say, the book became much more engrossing once Anna stepped into the picture; I couldn’t stop reading after that. I even got annoyed that I had plans and had to turn off my Kindle. And while it might not be the most original story I’ve ever read, I just loved and enjoyed every page.
You see, I have a weakness for these gripping domestic thrillers where you can’t help but want to yell at the main character: CAN’T YOU SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING? ARE YOU REALLY THAT NAÏVE? But hey, who knows what I’d done if I were in her shoes (leave Dan, that’s for sure). And how could Grace take so long to open the box? I’d have ripped it open the minute I’d dug it up.
The novel is divided into Now & Then chapters and I have to say both the present and the past stories were equally fascinating. Maybe because I love high-school coming-of-age stories as much as I love psychological thrillers, I don’t know. The character I liked the most was Charlie: she was one of those fun, fierce, loyal people that we all wished were our best friend and I really wanted to know more about her.
As much as I liked this book, I had the impression that some of the chapters didn’t connect well with each other. Like, for example, there was a chapter where Dan was about to say something: “Oh, Grace…” but then in the next one that had been completely forgotten. Or maybe that was just my impression, I don’t know.
All in all, The Sister is an amazing thriller that’ll keep you reading for hours and make you suspect everyone. Even that poor old neighbor Mrs Jones .
I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.