The Sister

The Sister

by Louise Jensen


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"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 last words, 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 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786810021
Publisher: StoryFire LTD
Publication date: 05/31/2016
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Louise Jensen is a USA Today bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Her first two novels, The Sister and The Gift, were both international #1 bestsellers, and have been sold for translation to sixteen countries. Her debut novel, The Sister, was nominated for The Goodreads Awards Debut of 2016. Louise lives in Northamptonshire with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat. She loves to hear from readers and writers and can be found at, where she regularly blogs flash fiction.

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The Sister 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MikyStu More than 1 year ago
Good book, was not one of her bests but I did enjoy it
JHSEsq More than 1 year ago
Louise Jensen explores the bonds of friendship, loyalty, and the paralyzing power of guilt in The Sister. Grace was befriended by Charlie when they were young girls on Grace's first day in a new school. Their friendship forged that day endured until Charlie's untimely death. The loss devastated Grace, who has remained haunted by Charlie's last words: "I did something terrible Grace. I hope you can forgive me." Grace has no idea what Charlie did or why she asked for forgiveness. When Grace and Charlie met, Grace was already burdened with guilt. She had just moved into her grandparents' home. Charlie was raised by her single mother, Lexie, a would-be songstress who drank too much and left the girls on their own most of the time. Charlie never knew her father, but following her death, Grace uncovers clues to his identity and becomes determined to find him. Instead, she finds Anna, who claims to be Charlie's half-sister. Anna informs Grace that her father is also deceased, but she wants to learn about the sister she never knew. For Grace, Anna represents a new best friend with whom she can share her memories of Charlie. When Anna asked to stay with Grace and her boyfriend, Dan, briefly while she secures a new job, Grace readily agrees, But Anna settles in with no intent to leave. And once she does so, everything begins to go wrong for Grace. Her belongings go missing, her relationship with Dan becomes strained, problems develop at work, and Grace becomes convinced that she is being stalked. Determined to learn the truth, Grace continues her quest to learn what Charlie did that was so awful she was prompted to ask for Grace's forgiveness. As Grace uncovers more information, catastrophes continue to befall her. Has she figured out that she is in real danger in time? Grace lacks self-esteem and confidence, always seeing herself as overweight and unattractive, unable to lose the ten pounds or so that separate her from satisfaction with her appearance. She was already weighed down by grief and regret about her father's death & her mother's reaction to that event when Charlie suddenly left town. Although Charlie sent postcards from all the places to which she traveled, Grace missed her terribly. When Charlie finally returned, her death was another cruel blow that rendered Grace unable to function. Dan stood by her and she has begun piecing her life back together when Lexie asks Grace to help her clean out Charlie's room. Grace's discovery sets in motion a series of events that lead Grace closer and closer to the truth but place her in danger. Anna is sweet and ingratiates herself into Dan and Grace's life, but from the outset there is tension between Dan and Anna that Grace does not understand. Grace's gullibility and vulnerability due to her long history of sadness inform and compel the action in this fast-paced mystery. Jensen has created an eclectic, but believable cast of characters with Grace at the center of the story. The question is whether the truth, once fully revealed, will serve to set Grace free and allow her to finally find peace and happiness. In Jensen's capable hands, learning the answer is entertaining, even if the promised shocking plot twist isn't very shocking. Readers will undoubtedly figure it out quickly, but that doesn't detract from the enjoyment of reading The Sister. Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book.
saberle More than 1 year ago
This involving and engaging mystery novel is a definite keeper. Be on the lookout for more good works by this talented author. There are no cheap gimmicks or tricks here. Just a great story with unpredictable events and occurrences. The book is reminiscent of other terrific psychological dramas written by Hawkins, Flynn, and Moriarty. The characters are fleshed out well and the story keeps the reader hooked until the end of the story. If you like great writing, read this book. If you want a fascinating psychological drama, read this. Jensen is a writer to be reckoned with.
AliTheDragonSlayer More than 1 year ago
AudioBook...... What did you like most about The Sister? I was hooked from the beginning of this story, all the way through I wanted the answer to the question posed on the cover "I did something terrible Grace" there were several avenues we were taken down where I was convinced all would be revealed but no, the tension remained. Lot's of twists and turns. Some 'time slip' books can be awkward to follow but I particularly found the 'then' and 'now' prompts helpful and it allowed the story to flow smoothly. Who was your favorite character and why? I think Grace had to be my favourite character due to the amount of emotional turmoil she endured. Losing her best friend Charlie was bad enough but when a string of events begin to haunt her she really has to dig deep to overcome a breakdown and survive. At times I thought she was being a bit wishy washy but then she would bounce back. Her relationship with Dan was a good example. She displayed her strengths near the end of the book but I won't give spoilers. Which character – as performed by Natalie Blass – was your favourite? It's difficult to say because I thought Natalie did a brilliant job of narration. It was so easy to listen to and become totally absorbed I could visualise the whole scene. Two characters come to mind, Anna and Lexie .. both very intense people who really made an impact, especially during moments with Grace. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? I always get upset when any animal is involved so that goes without saying. But the overwhelming grief and loss that envelopes Grace when Charlie dies and the way she has to deal with everyone else. The fact she was determined to track down Charlie's father was sweet. Any additional comments? So all in all this is an entertaining book, your emotions will leap from one level to another. It kept me hooked throughout and I was satisfied with the ending. I will look forward to more work from Louise. In audio form it was a pleasure to listen to and I found it easy to follow, sometimes it's more difficult than 'reading' a physical copy. Many thanks go to Bookouture for the opportunity to give my honest opinion. I happily give it 5*.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Would love to read this book. However, need it as an e-book.
Rag_Doll More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing debut novel by Louise Jensen, she writes like a seasoned author and certainly keeps the reader turning pages. This is a strong character driven story and we learn about the three/four main characters on two timelines. From the opening chapters there is secrecy and intrigue following the death of Charlie, with Grace unearthing a memory box which she and Charlie buried some years earlier. Grace, Charlie and Dan all grew up and went to school together and on the present day timeline, Grace and Dan live together and both are mourning their friend Charlie. During the early chapters it becomes obvious that Grace is being followed and keeps seeing the same car hanging around. I really don't want to give too much away about this story, suffice to say, once the sister makes her appearance there is much to keep the reader engrossed in this very captivating story of lies, deceit, mistrust and sadness. The writing is vividly descriptive and the characters are well developed and realistic. Grace is a character which gains sympathy and compassion, while Dan gives off vibes of uneasiness, and instability. The book is well paced with revelations and gentle twists and a real sense of tense edginess all the way through – trust no one. This is a thrilling debut of suspense which I enjoyed very much. I look forward to more by Louise Jensen who I found to be a very competent and confident writer, and certainly has a talent for psychological storytelling.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a really great first novel. The author did a great job with the characters and making them believable. She back and forth from high school days to present time sometimes leaving you with a clue or maybe a little more to the mystery. I really cannot believe this is a first novel actually. I am definitely looking forward to more reading from this author. Kudos on a well written, creepy and chilling first book. I couldn't put it down! Thanks to Bookouture and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.