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?
I recently came across this novel on a fellow book blogger’s site and was intrigued instantly. The Sisters by Claire Douglas is a novel that surprises, frightens and intrigues the reader beyond recognition. Perfect for fans of psychological thrillers.
Although the novel isn’t incredibly long like say some Karen Rose novels, I still found myself slowing down in the last few chapters to just enjoy and embrace the brilliant storytelling by Claire. Fair warning though, once you’re gripped, it’ll be hard to put the book down for several hours.
The story revolves around two of our protagonists, Abi and Bea. Abi has recently lost her twin sister and torn with grief and guilt she escapes to Bath where she meets Bea who is also a twin. Abi, after connecting on some level with Bea, moves in with Bea and her twin brother Ben, in their lavish home. At first things seem to be going well until Abi starts noticing strange things. Certain incidents start to occur, some more apprehensive than others, leading Abi to question her decision of moving in with the new housemates. Is something more sinister going on with Bea? Or is Abi’s emotional state breaking down beneath the overwhelming grief of her sister’s death?
This novel is predominately plot driven and so cleverly interwoven with twists and turns that it entices you from chapter to chapter. I loved every aspect of the narrative. The push and pull perspectives of Bea and Abi had my head spinning, for all the right reasons. Claire’s writing style is so evocative and has you literally begging for more as you turn the page. Claire’s writing came across as effortless to me and is quite reminiscent of some of my favourite suspense authors.
What I particularly enjoyed was the family dynamic. I love reading stories about siblings, especially as I have three of my own and books that engage with a sisterly relationship are always high on my list to read. The Sisters is innovative in it’s plot as well as storytelling, as such it doesn’t begin or end like a lot of psychological thrillers. Instead it paves its own way into the genre by depicting a story that throws you off base at every turn and leaves you gasping and wanting more.
As plot driven as the novel is, the characters are the ones that completely sold the novel for me. Abi and Bea are two of the most complex characters I have read in a while. The feelings and emotions that their stories elicit are simultaneously sympathetic and shocking. As protagonists, they were two perfectly (or perhaps imperfectly) crafted characters that make you yearn for the truth. The dynamic between the two creates quite a stir in the story and makes the suspense factor that much better. The tension and suspense escalates as we learn new things about each of the two character’s past lives and how they have irrevocably changed their present. There’s not much you can say about these two women without giving away the story but I will say this, sometimes insanity can be found in some of the most sane individuals.
Possibly one of the best psychological thrillers I have read this year. For fans of this genre, The Sisters gives thrills and chills in spades. Claire Douglas has written an astounding novel that has definitely made a home for itself on my bookshelf.
Overall Rating: 10/10
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