“They told us he had been missing for nearly two days, that he probably drowned. They told us a lie.
Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff.
A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.
Megan and her younger sister Chloe return to Whitecliff one summer for the first time since their brother’s disappearance. Megan says it’s to get her parents’ affairs in order. There are boxes to pack, junk to clear, a rundown cottage to sell. But that’s not the real reason.
Megan has come to confront her family’s past after receiving a postcard on the day of her parents’ funeral. It had a photograph of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.
‘Z’ is all it read.
Z for Zac.
A totally gripping psychological thriller that will have fans of Louise Jensen, Sue Fortin and The Silent Child absolutely hooked.”
Today I am delighted to welcome you to damppebbles as it’s my turn on the Two Sisters blog tour. My partner in crime (or blog tour buddy, if you prefer) is the totally fabulous Claire Knight, guest reviewer extraordinaire over at one of my very favourite crime blogs, CrimeBookJunkie.
Anyway, enough of the blogger love. Let’s move on to what we’re all here for (which is obviously the book love). I’ve seen author, Kerry Wilkinson’s name mentioned a lot. Wilkinson has penned a number of well received crime novels so he was, of course, on my radar. But I hadn’t managed to read any of his books due to my blog tour commitments. How to get round this, I thought to myself…feature on the Two Sisters blog tour, obvious really!
When I first started reading Two Sisters my heart sank. I immediately disliked the lead character, Megan. I mean she really got my back up. I wondered how I was going to fare, having to read about this obnoxious, conniving little madam (I should add that she is 20 years old but felt much younger to me). But then I met Chloe, her younger sister and I started to forgive Megan a little for being the cow she is. And then you find more out about the girls upbringing, and although I still didn’t really ‘like’ Megan, I began to understand her more. What I did like most about Megan is how much she loves and cares for her younger sister. Surprisingly, Megan and Chloe don’t really know each other that well. They were sent off to separate boarding schools from a young age but distance failed to break that sisterly bond. And that was a joy to read.
Two Sisters works so well because of it’s creepy, claustrophobic setting of a small village called Whitecliff on the Cornish coast. I loved the way the author stranded his cast of characters in this remote location. I loved the friction between the locals and the well-to-do ‘dumped by their parents’ beach kids. I loved that there was no mobile signal unless you went to the lightning tree. It sounds like the core ingredients of a horror movie, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s why I enjoyed this book as much as I did. It was brilliantly tense. Despite loving the setting, I do often wonder (still to this day, after a couple of weeks have passed) how this book would work set in small town America. Maybe something for the future, eh Mr Wilkinson? *wink*.
Would I recommend this book? I would. If you’re a fan of the psychological thriller then I would say this is a must read. It’s so wonderfully claustrophobic that I had to take breaks along the way to come up for air! A really engrossing, enjoyable read and I will be making a point of reading Kerry Wilkinson’s books in the future.
Four and a half out of five stars.
I chose to read and review an eARC of Two Sisters. The above review is my own unbiased opinion.
Kerry Wilkinson is from the English county of Somerset but has spent far too long living in the north. It’s there that he’s picked up possibly made-up regional words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’. He pretends to know what they mean.
He’s also been busy since turning thirty: his Jessica Daniel crime series has sold more than a million copies in the UK; he has written a fantasy-adventure trilogy for young adults; a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter and the standalone thriller, Down Among The Dead Men.