Thursday, 29 October 2015

The Sisters by Claire Douglas

The Sisters
By Claire Douglas
Published by Harper (13 August 2015)
ISBN: 978-0007594412

Publisher's description
One lied. One died.
When one sister dies, the other must go to desperate lengths to survive
After a tragic accident, still haunted by her twin sister’s death, Abi is making a fresh start in Bath. But when she meets siblings Bea and Ben, she is quickly drawn into their privileged and unsettling circle.
When one sister lies, she must protect her secret at all costs
As Abi tries to keep up with the demands of her fickle friends, strange things start to happen – precious letters go missing and threatening messages are left in her room. Is this the work of the beautiful and capricious Bea? Or is Abi willing to go to any lengths to get attention?

When the truth outs, will either sister survive?

My verdict
The Sisters is a fantastic psychological thriller. I admit that I wasn't sure about it at first, as it had a slow start. But gradually the layers unfolded and I couldn't put it down. By the end, I realised that the slow start actually builds the atmosphere and leads you into a false sense of security.

This book seriously plays with your mind and messes with your head in true psychological thriller-style. It's cleverly plotted, very dark and intriguing - everyone seems so normal on the surface, but there are some highly menacing undertones.

The chapters switch between the thoughts of Abi and Bea. Characters you thought you had sussed out are not necessarily what they seem. You switch between trusting one, then the other, then the first one again. But then the cycle continues.

There are so many twists and turns, right up until the final page. This gave me a serious book hangover.

I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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