The Sister by Louise Jensen

About this book…

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

Grace hasn’t been the same since the death of her best friendCharlie. She is haunted by Charlie’s last words, 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’shome.

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?

My review…

It’s amazing to think that this book is actually a debut novel for Louise Jensen as she has written a corker of a psychological thriller that is indeed as gripping as its tagline suggests! I was very excited to have discovered her through her WordPress site Fabricating Fiction where she blogs about writing fiction and I have enjoyed watching her journey from blogger to published author!

Let’s start with that cover though. Doesn’t it just invite you in? Those strong colours and the way the letter stands out against that black makes this a very striking cover already before it tempts you inside with that little teaser written on the envelope. And to top it all, it’s published by Bookouture who seem to have that magic touch at the moment and have given us some incredible books this year so I was sold! But would the inside live up to the outside? I am pleased to say that it certainly did!

We first meet Grace when she goes to dig up a memory box that she buried with her best friend Charlie. At the last minute Charlie had put a note inside and Grace wants to find out exactly what that note said as Charlie has since died, in circumstances that we aren’t yet aware of. Grace, Charlie and Dan have known each other since the age of nine and this book is told in the “Then” and “Now” so that we find out from the start how the relationships have developed between the three of them. It gives us an insight into why Grace totally falls to pieces when Charlie dies and also how that grief has affected her relationship with Dan, whom she now lives with. I found the descriptions of how Grace dealt with the death of her closest friend to be so perfectly handled and realistic, setting the scene perfectly for what happens next. This grief makes her channel all her energies into searching for Charlie’s biological father which she sees as her personal memorial to her friend. And that’s when Anna comes on the scene, Charlie’s half sister. This was when the tension really began to crank up as we descended into a nightmare alongside Grace as her life starts to fall apart. Sometimes I just wanted to shake her and shout “Can’t you see what’s going on here!!” but to be honest, there were so many red herrings that even I wasn’t quite sure what was really happening until it all started to unravel near the end.

Louise Jensen is a fabulous writer who really gets inside our heads with her characters and messes with our emotions so that we aren’t really sure where our sympathies lie! I found myself unexpectedly changing my opinions throughout and when the secret eventually came to light, it was such an emotional finale that I found myself wishing I could go back in time to make everything right for everyone!

I really enjoyed this and would certainly recommend it for fans of psychological suspense as I simply couldn’t put it down. An impressive and intelligent debut that was gripping from start to finish.

I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

The Sister: A psychological thriller with a brilliant twist you won’t see coming is available to buy here at Amazon UK

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

9 thoughts on “The Sister by Louise Jensen”

  1. Terrific review. You have a real knack and they come across as if you’re chatting to a close friend!😀 Louise seems a very talented writer and after reading your review I now have to add this to my tbr pile! Oh yes, just love the cover.

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  2. I’m so happy you loved that book! I couldn’t believe it was a debut novel. Louise mastered the intertwined timelines and both just bring the perfect amount of tension and emotion. Bookouture does treat us very well with their stories.

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  3. I do like books that go back in forth in time, showing how things unfold – or unravel – and this sounds right up my street.


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