I’m delighted to be on the blog tour today for Two Sisters so thank you to Kim Nash for inviting me!
About this book…
They told us he had been missing for nearly two days, that he probably drowned. They told us a lie.
Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff.
A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.
Megan and her younger sister Chloe return to Whitecliff one summer for the first time since their brother’s disappearance. Megan says it’s to get her parents’ affairs in order. There are boxes to pack, junk to clear, a rundown cottage to sell. But that’s not the real reason.
Megan has come to confront her family’s past after receiving a postcard on the day of her parents’ funeral. It had a photograph of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.
‘Z’ is all it read.
Z for Zac.
A totally gripping psychological thriller that will have fans of Louise Jensen, The Girl on the Train and The Silent Child absolutely hooked.
I have enjoyed the Jessica Daniels books by this author but this is the first standalone book of his that I’ve read. And I have to say it probably won’t be the last! I’ve already read the blurb for his next one out in September and made a mental note to keep an eye out for it!
The first thing I will say about Two Sisters is that I felt it actually had quite a Young Adult feel to it. This was possibly due to the ages of Chloe and Megan (20 and 16) and also the storyline surrounding the teenagers who are left to summer on their own by the sea whilst their parents live their own lives. I had an image of the village they were living in as a sort of smaller and spookier Newquay, which also has a very young crowd taking it over as soon as exams are finished for the summer.
Chloe and Megan were very different in nature but were united by the deaths of their parents. Saying that, they were both handling their grief in totally different ways. I thought that Megan’s mental health issues were handled very delicately and with a real depth of understanding of her actions and reactions to events in her life both past and present. Chloe was less complicated but was an intriguing character who was still able to surprise me even though she is much more of an open book.
I had absolutely no idea where this plot was heading! The entire storyline was full of dodgy characters and I suspected each and every one of them. A lot of the action took place in the village pub and local shop and whenever Megan went into those places, I always got goosebumps! It was like being in the middle of a stereotypical horror film at times and I had flashbacks to The Slaughtered Lamb from An American Werewolf in London at one point!! I can’t remember the last time I physically felt such an intensely atmospheric vibe in a fictional setting. This was one village I would hate to have a holiday home in!!
As the lies started to unfold themselves, the book then became a much faster paced thriller taking an unexpected direction right up until the final few pages. The dark and moody undercurrent make this a bewitching and enthralling thriller packed with a real sense of foreboding along the way. Kerry may have moved away from his usual formula but it certainly worked for me!
Two Sisters: A gripping psychological thriller with a shocking twist is published by Bookouture and is available to buy now.