The Stepsister by Jenny O Brien


Length:345 pages (and only 99p at the moment!)

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What they say: She should never have let her go. That was her first mistake. She trusted him. That was her second…​

When a stranger leaves stepsisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake.
But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing.

Desperate for the truth, Victoria travels from Guernsey to Holland to find out what’s happened to her. Has she, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?

What she doesn’t know is there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead.
Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late?

The Review: I have to admit I m not always the quickest off the mark when it comes to figuring stuff out, discovering twists and ingenious little placements of happenings that are significance in the book. As a result, when a book opens with a scene that is designed to make you sit up and wonder what’s going on, you can bet I’m going to sit up and scrutinise even more than the average reader.

And so it begins with a Liz Nugget-esque beginning: ‘I died yesterday, or so I’ve been told.’ We see that there’s someone who has no recollection of anything and no clue of who she is other than the ‘V’ tattoo on her body. Intrigued? Well I was!

I read this book in one night, my eyes never even dipping in a book that was extremely atmospheric. It is quite a headachy book until you get used to the tragic circumstances and dour personality  of the protagonist who is searching for her stepsister who has gone to check out a house in Holland that the pair have been left in a will. I quickly accepted that not all books require a lead to be positive (how many bookish people who know my reviews and writing are laughing at this? Yes I do know that negative people deserve to exist too!!!) and you move on. Obviously the selling point in this book is the twist and I searched for it throughout, and had an idea due to the scattering of clues in a trail to an ending which was divisive for me, I appreciated part of it and yet didn’t feel some of it necessary. I saw in a review a special shout out for the dog, Nigel and I have to agree, he holds a special place in this book, which is a search for someone and something and is utterly unputdownable, but at the same time a very sedate read that is not for action-o-holics. Thanks so much to the author for this book in return for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

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