Review: The Sister, by Louise Jensen

The SisterThe Sister by Louise Jensen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Recently, I’ve been reading a bit more mystery/suspense. ‘The Sister’ seemed like it would be a great match for me. I love a book that can keep me on the edge of my seat, wondering what is going to happen next and making my heart rate quicken.

Grace, the heroine is still reeling from the death of her best friend, Charlie, years later. She never really got over the way that Charlie died unexpectedly. She’s left with many unanswered questions, as Charlie died before explaining the cryptic note that she left Grace, apologizing for some unknown wrong.

When Grace goes to see Charlie’s alcoholic mother, Lexie, she decides to seek out the father that Charlie never met. Enlisting the help of her long-time boyfriend, Dan, Grace begins digging into the past. What they unearth is unexpected.

It seems that Charlie had a half-sister that she never knew about, Anna. Before long, Anna has infiltrated Grace’s life. The two seem to have far more in common than Charlie. Exactly how much they have in common is something that Grace could not have guessed.

The more enmeshed Anna becomes in Grace’s life, the more things start to fall apart for Grace. Suspicious things start happening. It seems that somebody is out to destroy Grace. She’s being stalked and a string of calamities follow her every move. At more than one point, I questioned Grace’s sanity while listening to this audiobook.

The story unfolds in pieces, jumping back and forth between the past and present. Piece by piece, the truth comes to light. Sometimes the alternating timeframes don’t work so well for me, but I think it helped build the suspense in this story and worked well.

That being said, I wasn’t as shocked by the “big reveal” as I expected to be. Honestly, it wasn’t surprising at all. If anything, the culprit was so obvious that I dismissed it as a possibility.

Even though the person harassing Grace was not surprising, the motivations came to light little by little. Although they weren’t particularly shocking either, some were a little unexpected. There were a few details that I didn’t anticipate.

Overall, I give this one 3.5 stars. It was good, but failed to provide the shocking twist that was promised. It held my attention and was entertaining, but didn’t make my heart pound or keep me on the edge of my seat. It was good, but I expected more from this one.

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