"I did something terrible, Grace. I hope you can forgive me."
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 her 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?
©2016 Louise Jensen (P)2016 Bookouture
"Great suspense with unsual twists, turns and spill"
This is one of the best suspense stories of the year. Even if you figure out the plot, which thankfully I didn't because that can spoil the book, there are still added surprises. There are bits and pieces of classic suspense novels and films but not enough to make this story feel like a copycat. It's not without some flaws but like with many in this genre you have to suspend some disbelief. It’s crafty, mind bending and has tender moments. Plus, I am left pondering - why are there so many spills in this book? It seems like red wine, water, tea, coffee, any damn liquid are being sloshed over, thrown, tipped, etc. What is the significance to this? And warning, lots of vomiting too. Highly recommend for a scary night in October.
I almost passed this up because it did not rate high, but whoever was rating it got it wrong. Excellent book. 1st time in many books I have stayed up into the night not wanting to shut it off.
"story is OK. but narration is amazing."
story was not so surprising but interesting enough. what made unique was the narration, top notch voice acting and beautiful accent.
I love this genre but its been a while since one surprised me like this. As much as I tried I never saw the twists coming.
Almost gave up mid-way through. Glad I finished. Probably won't go with this author again though. Sorry.
"On My All-time Favorites List"
I loved this book. It has all the makings of an all-time favorite. It's about friendship, family, first love, and fate. It made me laugh, cry, and scratch my head trying to figure out the mystery that flows through the whole story. When I give reviews I don't mention specifics so I can't accidentally spoil any of the story. I will just tell you that you want to read this, trust me. So worth it. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time. Perfect summer read.
"Glad it's over"
This story feels contrived. It was a challenge to care about the characters and simply get to the end. Doing so actually feels like an accomplishment.
"Not totally sorry 1 credit's gone...."
It was fine. Not gripping. Not enthralling. Fine. Good. Not sorry I heard it. If you want something to listen to on a drive, it will do. I was convinced based on other reviews of "a twist you won't see coming!" Not true. If, like me, you figure it out 1/4 of the way through, it's still not bad, but don't go on thinking you're going to be floored, because you won't be.
"BRAVO for this plot and ending"
The ending reminded me of the book The Husband's Secret. Really a nail biter as you had no idea why Anna was doing this and who she really was. I wanted to reach through my radio and smack Grace for not seeing what was going on.
I had some ideas, but no where near what the really happened, I love that I was so off and blown away. Usually books are easy to predict, so BRAVO for this plot and ending.
NO SPOILERS...I don't want to give away anything, it's so intense and awesome. I did actually feel bad for some characters even though I shouldn't, after all circumstances beyond their control made them who they were. Lies and half truths destroy everyone.
"Suspenseful and riveting!"
I loved the twists and turns of this novel. I also enjoyed the narration. After my long car trip, I kept looking for more moments to listen because I needed to know what happened next. Can't wait for another book from Jensen!
"Weaves a delicate tale"
This is not your usual psychological thriller. Do not listen to The Sister if you expect murder bloodshed and being given sleepless nights filled with fear; this is a more subtle storyline than that. The tale is as delicate as spider’s silk, and weaves a web that will trap you inside and make it impossible for you to escape until you reach the end. The detailed writing packs every sentence with vivid pictures and atmosphere.
I listened to it on audiobook, rather than reading it, and it was a great escape from my housework! I really liked the narrator, too and thought she did a brilliant job.
The story itself starts with a fascinating set-up that hooked me from the start, and I was really keen to find out more. There were times when I found Gracie a little pathetic, but there are reasons why she is the way she is, which are slowly revealed.
The Sister features a lot of twists and turns that are intricately woven and well-written, and is a good read but just falls short of the promised greatness. Louise Jensen is an author with a lot of potential; one who I will watch eagerly in the future.
The story is a bit far fetched. Anna was horrible and in reality, anyone would've thrown her out of their house after a day! Grace was too gullible. I persevered with the book as the story line was intriguing even though it was a bit unbelievable. It's got a lot of good reviews so I wouldn't put anyone off reading it. I only finished reading it a few days ago and have already forgotten what it was about really. Maybe it's just me!
"Slow start.....but keep with it"
they are probablyof equal footing, i have not read the print version, i prefer to have someone read to me! it helps me to emerse myself in to the story more.
I rather enjoyed Lexi's character because she of her complex past and her crazy ways.
I loved the scenes with Grace and her Grandparents, especially her grandfather the obvious love that they shared stood out
I was excited about reading this book....i found it a little slow to start with, and was not sure whether to carry on listening to it, but i stuck with it and am so glad i did it soon picked up and the twists and turns kept me listening for hours...however i did predict what was going on..... definitely worth a read
The plot of this book was very good, plenty of twists and turns and it moved at a really good pace to keep you gripped.
Guessing what the secret might be - I think I guessed at everything apart from what it actually was!
She had a pleasant tone that made the book enjoyable to listen too.
I did something terrible Grace...
Really enjoyable and a cracking debut - well worth a listen and easily 5 stars - I love a good psychological thriller!!
"The Sister, A Gripping Story...."
I really enjoyed the audio version of The Sister, I think audio and print versions of stories go hand in hand together.
My favourite character was Grace as I found it really easy to imagine her in my mind and really felt for her throughout the story.
I enjoyed the parts where Grace thought back about Charlie as she discovered more about her life and secrets. I also loved the scenes with her granddad.
I did feel emotional when her cat got killed and she was burring it. And when Grace thought of Charlie and her time with her.
The Sister is a really emotional and some what chilling story about Grace as she tries to work out what Charlie did before she died. I loved how this book hops from her thought of Charlie in the past and her discoveries of what Charlie did and who Anna really is after she claims to be Charlies sister and poison her cat. Will she find out or will Anna do more damage in her life? Listen to this audio book to find out.
"A bit predictable"
Wasn't entirely hooked and a large part was quite predictable with all the action towards the end. Still an enjoyable listen.
it was a slow starter. I noticed quite a lot of unnecessary adjectives at the beginning. as if it had been edited and added afterwards. However once I got in to it I couldn't put it down and had to do a mammoth listening session to finish it. I thought the writing improved and the twists and turns were enjoyable.
"Not worth it!"
This story was completely unbelievable & in parts boring & annoying. I did listen to all of it but I'm pleased it finished & can find something enjoyable.
"Couldnt put it down!"
I absolutley loved this bnok. I havent read many books like this so i was abit unsure of how i would find it. For me it really started to get interesting half way through. Every time i thaught i had the plot figured out, there would be a huge twist that i didnt see coming. It kept me guessing the whole time.
The lady who narates the book made it easy to listen. I dont alwayp take to some narators, but this one read at a nice pace, and i could easily tell the differant charactors apart.
I will definatley read another book by this author if its going to be as good as what i have just read. A book i would definatley recamend.
Enjoyable book once I got accustomed to the style of the narrator who I thought was excellent.
The ending was satisfying with some unexpected twists.
A little far fetched in places but it flowed well albeit a little slowly to begin with.
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