Where to start with this one?
I didn’t fall in love with it the first time I sat and began to read it. It was another that I started to read, it didn’t fully grab my attention, I put it down and just didn’t go back to it.
Then I did go back to it. Starting again from the beginning in fact.
But this time around, something was different. And I was gripped.
Now, the problem I have about writing a review for Louise Jensen’s, The Sister, is, I am terrified of giving anything away. So I will try my best not to, whilst telling you how great it is. I am going to go straight ahead and say that I would recommend this book, because I think it’s one that many will find a delightful read. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a psychological thriller so it’s not actually delightful, but the way it’s written, the way the story flows between the past and the present – is done so well that this is an easy read, urging you to keep turning the pages.
Perhaps I should tell you a bit about the story now.
Grace’s life is turned upside down after the death of her best friend Charlie. We don’t quite know if the death is suspicious, all we know is that Charlie’s last words ‘I did something terrible, Grace. I hope you can forgive me.’ haunt Grace, coaxing her to discover the truth of what Charlie did and why she needs her forgiveness.
A new but familiar face soon comes into Grace’s life restoring some normality but when Grace becomes convinced that she’s being watched, things start taking a turn for the worst.
The one thing I will say about this though, is that from the get-go (on the front cover) we’re told there’s a ‘brilliant twist you won’t see coming’, which meant that I was constantly looking for twists and turns, almost taking away a bit of the surprise.
I won’t say any more as I would hate to give too much away, you’ll just have to read it to find out more.
The characters felt real to me, their lives felt real, their stories, their memories, their actions and speech. As I said before, it was a delight to read, in it’s own funny way. I’m pretty sure I’ve never read a psychological thriller before, I didn’t think I would like them very much; my overactive imagination doesn’t need any outside stimulation. And I don’t mind telling you that I had to fight the urge to triple check my doors were locked as I read the last few chapters. But when I let myself get into this story, I honestly couldn’t put it down and read for four hours straight in one sitting – until my bladder couldn’t take any more, that is.
I read it in three sittings over all, spread across two days with one day in between. It takes me ages to read (I usually take a few weeks to get through a book and only read for an hour max a day – if that) so the fact that I finished it so quickly, is definitely a testament to how good it is.
The Sister by Louise Jensen is her debut novel. Debut! How good will her next one be? I can’t wait to find out.
Up next to read: Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame by Mara Wilson. This is on pre-order until the 13th Sept, and I am so excited to read it! I loved Mara Wilson when I was growing up, I still do in Miracle on 34th Street, it’s a must-see every Christmas for me. So I think finding out about how her life has been shaped through Hollywood will be an interesting and eye-opening read.
Until next time. x