The Stolen Sisters by Louise Jensen #bookreview @Fab_fiction @HQStories

I’m thrilled to be reviewing two very different books by Louise Jensen this week and I’m starting with her very dark psychological thriller The Stolen Sisters.

Sisterhood binds them. Trauma defines them. Will secrets tear them apart?

Leah’s perfect marriage isn’t what it seems but the biggest lie of all is that she’s learned to live with what happened all those years ago.Marie drinks a bit too much to help her forget. And Carly has never forgiven herself for not keeping them safe.

Twenty years ago The Sinclair Sisters were taken. But what came after their return was far worse. Can a family ever recover, especially when not everyone is telling the truth…?

I’m such a huge fan of Louise Jensens books! So I’m thrilled to report back that this is probably my favourite book of hers so far! And definitely one of my favourite reads of 2020 so far as well! Louise manages to wrench such an emotional response from her readers with her psychological thrillers that it’s always a rollercoaster ride when you have one of her books in your hands. Be prepared to be thrilled, shocked and utterly heartbroken by this tale of 3 sisters and how one event sends the rest of their lives spiralling into insecurity and guilt…

Carly is 13 and twins Leah and Marie are 8 when they are abducted from outside their home by two unknown men. Taken to a secluded place, they are held against their will in a tatty room with only a few supply’s of sweets, crisps and fizzy drinks to keep them going. Twenty years on, after their ordeal came to a shocking end, the sisters are still suffering mentally and physically because of what happened to them. Leah can’t function in her marriage, Marie drinks and Carly has never got over the guilt from the day they were taken. But the truth might not be what the women believe to be true and as the plot gallops towards the shocking facts about their abduction, will they be able to cope?

Louise Jensen is very clever at building her suspense whilst withholding a few shocking twists to make your jaw drop! And she’s not afraid to take her storylines to create some very uncomfortable moments for her readers as these 3 damaged women try to make their lives work. I loved the relationships between the sisters as they tried to move on but everything always came back to the events of their abduction. I found it heartbreaking but also incredibly realistic as it seemed to reflect real life experiences of those who have suffered a similar fate.

I loved this book so much! It was a tough read at times, crimes involving children can be difficult to read about, but Louise Jensen pulled it off with her sensitive approach whilst also sending shivers of fear done my spine. Cleverly crafted characters and a gripping plot make this a book I can highly recommend to fans of psychological suspense. Loved it! Loved it! LOVED IT!

Louise Jensen has sold over a million English language copies of her International No. 1 psychological thrillers The Sister, The Gift, The Surrogate, The Date and The Family. Her novels have also been translated into twenty-five languages, as well as featuring on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller’s List. Louise’s sixth thriller, The Stolen Sisters, will be published in Autumn 2020 by Harper Collins.

The Sister was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award. The Date was nominated for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ Prize 2018. The Surrogate has been nominated for the best Polish thriller of 2018. The Gift has been optioned for a TV film. The Family was a Fern Britton Bookclub pick.

Louise also has a penchant for exploring the intricacies of relationships through writing heart-breaking, high-concept love stories under the pen name Amelia Henley. Her romantic debut, ‘The Life We Almost Had’ is out now.

Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire. She loves to hear from readers and writers.

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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.