‘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 that 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?”
It gives me great pleasure to wish the incredibly talented Louise Jensen the happiest of publication days. Today, Louise’s debut The Sister is published in paperback by Sphere (Little, Brown). It’s an astonishingly good read and I heartily recommend you do EVERYTHING you can to get a copy. Congratulations Louise ❤.
Here’s my five-star review from August 2016 just to prove how much I love this book (and to convince you to purchase a copy if you haven’t already done so!).
This is a psychological thriller and a half! Huge congratulations to the author, Louise Jensen, as this is her debut novel, what an achievement! No pressure Louise but you’ve set the bar incredibly high for yourself!
Grace and Charlie are childhood best friends. On her first day at her new school Grace encounters a classroom bully who is immediately put in his place by the forthright Charlie. From there builds an unbreakable friendship, BFF together forever. But, six years after burying their precious memory box, Charlie is dead. Grace finds it impossible to cope with the grief, pushing everyone away and gradually falling to pieces. In a bid to help her accept Charlie’s death she decides to find Charlie’s wayward father. It’s something Charlie always wanted to do herself and it feels the right thing for Grace to do. That’s when the mysterious Anna walks into Grace’s life. Anna claims to be Charlie’s half sister but before long she has ensconced herself firmly in Grace’s life. Grace is overjoyed, she finally has a link to Charlie again. Or does she…?
Wowsers! This is a stonking, heart-stopping read and I loved it. I couldn’t put it down (I refused to put it down more like!). I loved Louise’s style and I wanted to keep reading, no matter what else was happening around me. The story was so engaging that I became transfixed with Grace’s tale, wanting to discover what strange occurrence was going to happen next.
I didn’t really warm to any of the characters, except for Grace’s grandfather who was just lovely. Grace was a little too needy for me. Charlie would probably be my favourite but she’s only present for a small percentage of the novel so I’m not sure she counts. As for Dan, Grace’s boyfriend, he needs to man up, grr! Anna is just sinister with a capital S and thinking about her makes me shudder. I didn’t want to like any of this lot though, that’s part of the appeal of a psychological thriller. What’s the point in having likable characters?
The plot moves at an enjoyable pace. There are twists and turns along the way which keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s pretty darn perfect, in my opinion.
Would I recommend this book? Oh yes, without a doubt. It’s a creepy tale of when good intentions turn bad. It had my heart racing and I didn’t want to stop reading for anything. A fabulous debut and I cannot wait to see what Louise Jensen has in store for us next.
Five out of five stars.
The Sister by Louise Jensen was published in the UK by Sphere on 24th August 2017 and is available in paperback format. Previously published in eBook and audio formats by Bookouture| amazon.co.uk | amazon.com | Waterstones | Goodreads |
Louise Jensen is a No. 1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Her debut novel ‘The Sister,’ was published by Bookouture (Hachette) in July 2016 and reached No. 1 in the UK where it stayed for over 5 weeks, and it also hit No. 1 on the Canadian Amazon chart, No.1 in Apple’s iBooks and is listed as a USA Today Bestseller. It was the 6th biggest selling book on Amazon in 2016. Due to The Sister’s phenomenal success it will be republished by Sphere (Little, Brown Book Group) on August 24th 2017 and be available in all good bookshops.
‘The Sister’ is a book about a grieving girl who thought there was nothing as frightening as being alone – she was wrong.
‘The Gift’ Louise’s second book, was published in December and within a week of release gave Louise her second No. 1 in 2016 both in the UK, where it stayed for over a 5 weeks, was No. 1 in Canada and is also a USA Today Bestseller. In Amazon’s half-year trends report The Gift is reported as the 3rd biggest selling ebook in the UK in 2017.
‘The Gift’ is a book about a perfect daughter and how a secret is eating her family alive…
‘The Surrogate’ is Louise’s third novel and is due for publication on September 27th 2017 and is available to preorder now.
‘The Surrogate – is a book about everything you have, she wants. ‘You know that feeling?
When you want something so badly, you’d kill for it?’
To date Louise has sold over 750,000 books and her novels have been sold for translation in sixteen territories. Louise was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award.
Louise also writes flash fiction, and features and articles for both magazines and online publications. Louise specialises in writing about mindfulness, chronic pain and mental health.