Sister sister - by Sue Fortin
Sister, Sister by Sue Fortin
Isn't that cover beautiful?
Sue Fortin has really stepped up to the psychological thriller bar with this tense and terrifying suspense novel about family bonds, lies and betrayal.
In this fast paced, gripping, dark family drama, we meet Clare, mother of 2 lovely little girls and her artist husband, laid back Luke. They all live in Clares childhood home with her emotionally fragile Mother. They have never been able to quite break their ties with the past as all their lives they have been waiting without any success for news of Clares little sister Alice who was abducted by her own father when she was just a little girl. This has left a huge gap in their lives and despite having a successful career as a lawyer Clare always hankers after what might have been, whilst her mum just wants news of her little girl, she has never given up hope that one day she might return.
And one day she does – Hooray! Alice is alive and well and she has contacted them!
Suddenly Clare’s life begins to change, she is no longer the only daughter. Her home and family suddenly has a new dynamic and despite this being what she has always hoped and longed for she finds it really difficult to accept Alice into her home and life. She’s no longer the sad little blue eyed baby Clare had to protect, she is very much grown up! Very soon Clare begins to feel Alice has a hidden agenda and when things start to go wrong, they go very, very wrong and poor Clare gets her nose pushed out and neither her Mum or her husband believe her.
Is she in fact imagining things? Has she lost the plot entirely? If so, can we trust what she is telling us?
What unfolds is a terrifying journey of manipulation and betrayal, you wouldn’t want your worst enemy to travel.
By the end I was out of breath, shaken and very impressed.
It’s superbly plotted, brilliantly executed and very twisty. I felt at one point I couldn’t trust anyone’s point of view, suspected everyone of having ulterior motives and at first thought Clare was being irrational. If you love twisty domestic Noir thrillers this is definitely an excellent example of secrets and lies and the moral is trust no-one.
Having read and enjoyed this authors previous books: Closing In and The Girl Who Lied I'm delighted to say this writer goes from good to better with every book!
My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher HarperImpulse for my review copy.
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Alice: Beautiful, kind, manipulative, liar.
Claire: Intelligent, loyal, paranoid, jealous.
Claire thinks Alice is a manipulative liar who is trying to steal her life.
Alice thinks Claire is jealous of her long-lost return and place in their family.
One of them is telling the truth. The other is a maniac.
Two sisters. One truth.