Today is the day that Louise Jensen’s The Sister is being published in paperback. It is now out in shops and supermarkets. The Sister will be available in Asda, Sainsbury’s and WH Smith from 24th and in Tesco from September 7th.
I posted my review of The Sister by Louise Jensen a year ago. It was my third ARC and the first one that I gave a 5 stars rating.
I decided to share my review just as it was when I published it a year ago. So here goes…
Synopsis (from goodreads)
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?
Review (no spoilers)
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for an advance copy of this book.
I have read and reviewed three books so far from NetGalley but this one has to be the best one yet. It is the first ARC that I have given a rating of five stars.
I really liked the balanced,easy pace of this book. I was able to get into the story from the first page. The writing and imagery was also masterfully done. The author effortlessly takes readers right into the middle of the story. The Sister by Louise Jensen is narrated in two main timelines labelled as ‘then’ and ‘now’ and both timelines are narrated in Grace’s voice.
The then tells about Charlie, Dan and Grace’s background and goes all the way up to Grace’s eighteenth birthday when some major events took place. The now takes place years later and start after Charlie’s death. The final chapters focus more on the ‘now’. The two timelines help tie up everything together and made the story more exciting. It was like fitting pieces of a jigsaw puzzle together to get the full picture.
As for the characters, I sympathized with Grace at times. Other times, I wanted to shake to wake her up. She comes off as a really weak character especially at the beginning. However, my thoughts about her changed as the story moved forward and I started to empathize with her. I liked Charlie’s character too. She was portrayed as being strong, loyal,full of life.Basically, the kind of girl who makes the perfect best-friend. I also liked some of the other characters especially Grace’s grandparents, they were so cool and laid-back, just so awesome and supportive.
The Sister by Louise Jensen book is so suspenseful that it kept me turning pages to the end. There are new revelations that occur in each chapter. Events that will keep you wondering what else could possibly go wrong for the protagonist. I love a good suspenseful novel with drama and this one definitely delivered.
I liked the fact that I wasn’t able to guess how the story would unravel. I thought I knew Charlie’s secret but I was proved wrong. I also thought I had figured out Grace’s first stalker but again I was wrong. Again, I also tried to guess the secret involving Grace’s parents at the start, let us just say, I was wrong each time.Even when I finally managed to figure out the person behind things going wrong for Grace in the now, again another twist occurred that threw everything into a new direction.
This book definitely took me on a roller-coaster ride. It is not your typical whodunit story; it’s the kind of story that will keep you trying to figure out why things were happening as opposed to who is doing them.
I recommend The Sister by Louise Jensen to all fans of psychological thrillers. It’s a story about secrets, deception and lost friendships all masterfully interspersed with suspense that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Seriously, if you like psychological thrillers then you should get this book. I can’t wait to read the next book by Louise Jensen
About the book
- Title: The Sister
- Author: Louise Jensen
- Kindle: 307 pages and 291 on Aldiko
- Published July 7th 2016 by Bookouture
- My Rating: 5 stars
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Great review! I wasn’t sure whether to request this one, but I think I will do just that after all!
Thanks Yvo.I hope that you will enjoy it too if you decide to read it.Its a really interesting read.
I just requested it, so I will definitely be reading it this month. 🙂
What a wonderful review! So pleased to hear you enjoyed this one 🙂
Thank you,I really did.Thanks for putting the book on my radar.
Awesome review! This sounds really good!
Thanks and yes it is.If you read this genre then check it out.
Lovely review, as usual. I really liked this one! I also didn’t guess anything XD
Thanks Annie.Glad you liked it too.Louise really did a great job at keeping us guessing 🙂
Great review! I’ll be definitely reading it.
Thanks and I hope that you will enjoy it 🙂
Oh I do love books that have you changing your mind about a character as you progress. What a wonderful review 🙂
Thanks Cleo and its a wonderful book 🙂
I’m still in love with that book, more than a year ago! I remember everything so clearly!! Great review! x
I do too. This one and The Gift are quite memorable. I think I saw a Bookouture post about a third book by Jensen that will be released this year. I can’t wait.
Thank you 🙂
YES!!!!! 😀 we have to wait for autumn 2018, though
Oh man, really.. everybody’s read it except me? I feel so left out :-). Excellent review, I like how you were left guessing and there were so many twists!
I haven’t Inge…you’re not alone:) But I do feel like I’m missing out on this one for sure!
Oh it was good Inge. I read it a year ago and I can still remember just how much I enjoyed it. The author has another book called The Gift. Have you read that one?
Anyway, I recommend both when you get a chance though The Sister is my favorite one of the two:-)
And see you are not the only one who hasn’t read it yet 🙂
Inge isn’t the only one who hasn’t read it:) I love your review Diana and initially I was thinking that I just don’t want to add a psych thriller to my tbr BUT for you and others, especially Annie who usually figures out the whodunits, to say this get you all guessing…well I’m adding it now!!
Oh, you need to read this one Renee. It was one of my first ARCs but still remains one of the best ones that I have read. And yes, Annie is our Lead Detective, she always impress me with how she manages to figure out the twists. She couldn’t guess with this one though 🙂
I hope that you will enjoy it as much as I did:-)
I’ve already downloaded it from Amazon…now I just need to squeeze it in somewhere! Annie it TOTALLY our Lead Detective you nailed it!! If Annie can’t figure a plot out that’s one I know I need to read:)
What a great review! This is my favourite genre so I can’t wait to read it, it’s definitely on my to be read pile 🙂
Glad to hear that Hannah.I hope that you’ll enjoy the book as much as I did 🙂
I really wanna read this one… I read The Gift and really enjoyed it! And I’ve been trying to get my hands on this one but still haven’t >.< But now that they have paperback… I will definitely get it sooner! Awesome review!!
Thank you Joanna. I hope that you will get the chance to read and enjoy this one soon. The Gift was great but I think I liked this one even better 🙂