Review: Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown

little sisterAfter sixteen years apart sisters Jessica and Emily are reunited. With the past now behind them, the warmth they once shared quickly returns and before long Jess has moved into Emily’s comfortable island home. Life couldn’t be better. But when baby Daisy disappears while in Jess’s care, the perfect life Emily has so carefully built starts to fall apart.

Was Emily right to trust her sister after everything that happened before?


 Little Sister begins on the night that baby Daisy disappeared. All we know is that her parents, James and Emily, went out that night. Jessica, who is Emily’s sister, was home babysitting. When the parents got back home, Daisy was gone and Jess was lying on the floor, out cold! What exactly happened that night? That was the question on my mind from the first page.

At first, I thought it was pretty obvious what had happened to Daisy. An intruder broke in and took her, right? However, I quickly found out that nothing was obvious in this story. Each one of the characters was hiding something and there were so many secrets and lies to get through to unearth the truth. This had me turning pages up to the end.

The story is narrated in the present by the sisters. There are flashbacks that help in explaining the relationship between them. One of the sisters really disappointed me. I disliked her in the past narrative and also in the present one. You won’t believe just how deep betrayal can run between siblings.  You will have to read the story to find out more about this but I bet that you will end up feeling the same way about this character.

Little sister is a captivating, page-turner about secrets, betrayal and lies.  It is quite a twisty read and I enjoyed Ashdown’s writing. I especially liked how she was able to seamlessly shift between timelines and characters.


  1. Reminds me of The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena (I really liked it). Great review Diana!

    1. I’m yet to read The Couple Next Door though I have a copy of the book. I hope to do so soon. So glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Thank you, Holly.

    1. Your book club picks are exciting! My book club never reads thrillers, they actually banned them lol. They usually prefer literary fiction which I don’t mind but I do enjoy thrillers more. Thanks 🙂

  2. I had to go check my library but yes, it’s the one I got through a book swap, only with a very different cover. It looks like a completely different book and much more ominous with this cover! I might use it for my book battle ;-). I do look forward to reading it now. Great review!

    1. I saw the other cover on goodreads. I do like bright colours so that appealed to be a bit more but I have to agree, this one does fit the dark tone of the story. I hope that you will enjoy it when you get a chance to read it. Thanks Inge 🙂

  3. Great review Diana! I like books that start out having you think along a certain line, and then switches things up on you. Sounds like a book I’d like. Thanks Diana.

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