The Deadly Sister

The Deadly Sister

by Eliot Schrefer

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From the author of School for Dangerous Girls, another suspenseful stunner about a girl who helps her sister escape from a murder charge - and then falls for the murder victim's brother. Abby Goodwin is sure her sister Maya isn't a murderer. But her parents don't agree. Her friends don't agree. And the cops definitely don't agree. Maya is a drop-out, a stoner, a girl who's obsessed with her tutor, Jefferson Andrews...until he ends up dead. Maya runs away, and leaves Abby following the trail of clues. Each piece of evidence points to Maya, but it also appears that Jefferson had secrets of his own. And enemies. Like his brother, who Abby becomes involved with...until he falls under suspicion. Is Abby getting closer to finding the true murderer? Or is someone leading her down a twisted false path?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545283007
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Sold by: Scholastic, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 244,581
File size: 369 KB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Eliot Schrefer is the author of The Deadly Sister, The School for Dangerous Girls, Glamorous Disasters, and The New Kid. He lives in New York City, and has never discovered any bodies. Visit him online at

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Deadly Sister 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Abby has always been the perfect older sister. She has protected Maya, been her alibi on countless occasions, and remained positive when everyone else was ready to give up. Now, something has happened, and Abby may not have the power to save her little sister this time. While out for a late night run, Abby stumbles across the body of Jefferson Andrews, the most popular guy in high school. As she tries to wrap her head around the gruesome scene before her, she notices something familiar sticking out of the mud. It is Maya's phone. Yes, Abby had mentioned that Jefferson was going to be meeting up with some girl named Caitlin, but she was just trying to prepare Maya for the fact that she was simply his latest conquest in a long line of "love em and leave em" relationships. How could she have predicted that Maya would follow him and ... she can hardly imagine it ... kill him? From the moment Abby discovers the cell phone, she finds herself in a desperate race to cover for Maya. Her younger sister's life has been off track for years now. Through their parents' divorce and reconciliation, Maya has been causing nothing but trouble. Her multiple piercings, refusal to go to school, experimentation with drugs, and her week-long disappearances have frustrated and worried her parents until they have finally given up. But now that Maya may be involved in a situation that could jeopardize her freedom and perhaps her life, Abby can't just sit back and do nothing. What follows is a journey full of enough plot twists and turns to keep readers' heads spinning. Abby is pulled in countless directions as she attempts to protect Maya, please her parents, and persuade the police investigators that her sister is innocent. Is Maya the killer? Could it be the victim's own brother or some other jealous ex-girlfriend? Author Eliot Schrefer keeps his readers guessing right up to the end. THE DEADLY SISTER is a perfect summer thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not a book i thought i would ever have intrest in. I ended up liking it a lot. Though just to warn you, there is a serious plot twist at the end!
Kristy1984 More than 1 year ago
Pretty good book. Was kind of slow in the beginning but midway got good and towards the end i knew who did it. I would read more from this author.
hssfx More than 1 year ago
I gave The Deadly Sister a 22/24. The length is perfect for junior high ages and is good for kids maybe a year younger. The dialogue is one of my favorite parts because there wasn't too much or too less dialogue. It doesn't confuse you either. The ending is great because it doesn't end in the middle of the sentence and doesn't leave you hanging. The action is phenomenal, adventurous, and cool. The detail really helps me understand the story too. The title was weird because I don't think it goes with the story at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I stopped reading the book because it was not very good and was slow and drug on.
KeSavino More than 1 year ago
this book is the best book i read all year nonstopaction
reading_crystal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Why I read this: Suspenseful and dark, it sounded like a book that was right up my alley and different from the paranormal YA I have been reading. I also loved the cover, creepy and effective. So when I could, I signed up for it with 1-ARC Tours.How is the novel driven: Character driven, the murder has happened and though there is a lot of action, most of the book is dedicated to what happened and why it happened, the reader never really knowing until the end. The character development is mainly between the two sisters, Abby and Maya. One good sister and one who has gone astray.My thoughts: A very interesting book, different from a lot of the YA I have read recently. This one is contemporary and suspense. The book starts off with Abby finding a body of a boy who her sister, Maya was known to associate with and had a rather explosive relationship with. Abby immediately thinks her sister killed the boy and is off on a mission to find her sister and protect her as she has protected her for years.As the book progresses the reader learns more and more about Abby and Maya and why Maya might have commited the crime. The reader is also introduced to some rather colorful characters from the shady side of Maya's life and friends of Abby and their beloved one time step-grandmother.Mr. Schrefer does an amazing job of weaving the story lines together and guiding you where he wants you to go. Scenes jump back and forth from past to present from what is going on with Abby and then adding Maya in. It was a very effective form of writing as it drew me as a reader in and kept me enthralled until the very end.This is not for the faint of heart, there is obviously a crime of murder committed, there is drug and alcohol use, and profanity in the book, but like others I have read lately because it is from the shadier side of life, it seems in place and not out of place. The book is a real look at what can happen to a member of a family when they begin to slide away into the dark places that can be found anywhere.My Rating: 4.25/5.0
ylin.0621 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My oh my oh my. Give me a second while I pick my jaw from the floor.Abby Goodwin is deemed the responsible older sister who constantly takes care of Maya even when the late night escapades started become more dangerous. But this sisterhood could only last so long and eventually the distance between them grew and at age 15 Maya has more piercings than Abby would care to know.On a morning run, Abby accidently finds a dead body near the creek. The body turns out to be Jefferson Andrews (who I still think should have his name reversed)¿valedictorian and the boy who is always invited to the parties first, but also the drug-dealer and user. When Abby finds Maya¿s cellphone near the crime scene, she starts to get really worried. She knows that something was going on between the two during their tutoring sessions. After connecting one of Maya¿s friends to figure out where she is as Maya runs away more frequently than Abby likes, Abby convinces Maya that she needs to hide, to run, and to stay hidden because she is the main suspect.While Abby tries to pick up the pieces and protect Maya like an older sister the odds are stacked against her. And when she meets Brian, Jefferson¿s younger brother, she finds a scapegoat. But nothing is going right; Abby is starting to lose the battle. Or is she?In this deadly cat chasing mouse trap Eliot Schrefer draws the reader and makes them forget that it¿s 8 in the morning and they¿re still in their pajamas and reading a murder novel. Schefer knows how to write and does it well in this fast-paced novel. He pulled rabbits from hats that I had no clue existed; he managed to make me feel empathic to a character that I did not like; he provided clues and enough mind-twisting abilities to make me think that I thought that his book was predictable. (I¿ll get you next time Schefer).However, the characters are less than dynamic and there have been instances where I felt the hints of foreshadowing did not fit well in scenes and only serve to make the sentence awkward and unbelievable. I also wonder why fingerprints were never brought up and the scenario of hitting the same place 9 times makes me wonder if that is possible. But the shock value makes up for this and despite the negative aspects of the novel this I enjoyed myself. A lot.The School for Dangerous Girls was good, but The Deadly Sister topped that; kudos to Schefer for not caving under pressure and growing as a writer.
mountie9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good Stuff * Suspensful * Good twists and turns * Lots of teen angst and drama * Realistic portrayal of family dynamics * clever dialogue makes me want to read other works by author * Fast paced story keeps you interested in reading more (Especially when you should be working) * You really become emotionally attached to main character * Pleasantly surprised that male author portrays a female so realistically (I know sexist). Thinking he must have a teenage daughter * Twisted and dark at times (yes that can be a good thing) * Really loved how the author talked about when someone dies how automatically people forget how the person really was (warts and all) and make them out to be saints - especially true when it involves a teenNot So Good Stuff * Not enough humour for me - I know picky, picky (honestly though, probably a good idea in this case not to have too much humour) * Adults are portrayed as pretty much useless (Than again, to teens that is probably how it seems) * Wasn't completely satisfied with endingWhat I Learned * Hard to be a big sister (I'm the baby in the family) * Drugs are bad * Have to make sure I listen to my kids when they grow into teens (Terrifies me that they one day will be teens)Favorite Quotes/Passages "I might have protected her forever, until Jefferson Andrews showed up dead""You thinking of coming in here, than you better get ready for a bunch of dead teenagers"Who Should Read * Teens between 13 - 18 * Parents of teens between 13 - 18 * YA Mystery/Suspense readers * Not for sensitive younger readers due to violence, drugs and hints of sexuality
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Abby and Maya are sisters who are very, very different. Maya is quite a wild, rebellious girl who engages in some pretty dangerous behavior which includes drinking and drug use. Abby is responsible and academic, and has always covered for her sister. When Abby discovers Maya's cell phone nestled closely beside the dead body of the boy Maya was secretly seeing, she doesn't know if she'll be able to continue to protect Maya. What follows is an intriguing tale complete with multiple suspects, and a surprising amount of twists and turns. It does contain a bit of profanity, and because of that, it is probably best suited to the high school audiences.I've passed my copy on to my local high school.
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This is like the bestsetset book like ever so like everyone should lie buy this book.....