Published July 7,2016
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
The Sister begins in the present. Twenty-five-year old Grace Matthews is digging up an old time capsule that her and her best friend Charlie buried ten years before.
She never thought she would be alone opening the box that contained all of their hopes and dreams. Things that were important to both of them as well as a bright pink envelope that Charlie slipped in right before they buried it. Grace doesn’t know what’s in the envelope but hopes if it will give her some answers to all the questions she has. Questions that Charlie can’t answer herself since she passed away four months earlier.
Charlie’s last words go around and around in her head.
“I did something terrible, Grace. I hope you can forgive me.”
When she opens the envelope she realizes just how little she knew about her best friend. Since Charlie’s death, Grace has become even more determined to find out what Charlie did that was so terrible. These thoughts occupy so much of Grace’s time that she feels she won’t be able to move on until she knows everything. It’s even affecting her relationship with her boyfriend.
When Grace met Charlie in middle school she instantly felt like she could trust her. The book delves into the friendship between her and Charlie as well as their close friends and the drama surrounding them all. There are many references made to Grace’s parents and her past. We are aware that something tragic has happened and Grace seems to feel very guilty. She refers to it as the day she’s tried to forget.
“Am I really to blame? Am I always to blame?”
When Grace starts an online search for Charlie’s father, someone else from Charlie’s past shows up. At first Grace is really happy, but it’s not long before strange things start happening. She begins receiving strange phone calls, things start to go missing, and she feels like someone might be following her. She wonders if she’s in danger or if she’s making a big deal about nothing.
When things start to take an even darker turn, Grace doesn’t know who to trust. Is this all related to Charlie and the past? Grace feels like someone is playing with her life and she’s terrified to find out what they’ll do next.
I thought “The Sister” was a good psychological thriller. It was easy to follow as it alternated between past and present. The story line and characters were interesting. However, there were a few times that Grace REALLY annoyed me. She would be overly paranoid about some things but didn’t seem to notice things that seemed glaringly obvious. A few of the decisions she made really baffled me, but it wasn’t enough to dissuade me from continuing on. I did have a few questions but still felt the book ended pretty strong.
Although I had to suspend belief occasionally I tried to stop analyzing (so hard for me sometimes) and just enjoy the book. Honestly, all in all it was a pretty good ride. The author did a great job of keeping me in suspense, and there were some good twists that I did not see coming! It was a very hard book to put down.
I think this is an very good debut novel and I look forward to more from Louise Jensen.
Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher, and Louise Jensen for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.