The Wicked Sister by Karen Dionne

Format: Hardback

Published By: Sphere

Chilling and compelling a hauntingly captivating read

Firstly many thanks to the publisher for sending me an arc

Rachel believed she had killer her parents and has spent the last fifteen years locked away in a psychiatric ward, however Trevor a journalist whose brother is in the same facility brings her news that makes Rachel start to question everything.

My Thoughts: In essence what we have is one very dysfunctional family, what we also have is one superb read.

The book itself is really told from two main points of view. Jenny who is Rachels and her sisters mother and Rachel. Obviously Jenny’s narrative is told in such a way that fills in the gaps and ultimately leads to her death, Rachels side is trying to fill those gaps for herself, the two are cleverly intertwined. The author has written a book strong on character description, you can really feel the parents torment as they try to deal with Diana and protect Rachel and you have to sympathise with them as they struggle to find the balance. As for the sisters themselves it would be fair to say that you are instantly rooting for one whilst hating the other, and it is this that draws you in and compels you to read on. Equally important in adding atmosphere to the book is the rural setting in Michigan and the lodge in which they all live, this adds depth and darkness

The story itself flows in a chronological order of events, however, it is not a predictable read. The author has constructed a wonderfully clever plot line and has brought this all to life on the pages. Packed with suspense and tension.There are plenty of twists along the way to keep you second guessing including right up to the end

Parts of the book are chilling and disturbing in there writing and the narrative is certainly descriptive in painting a picture of one disturbed person.

I have to admit to not been a fan of psychological thrillers but having read and thoroughly enjoyed The Marsh Kings Daughter was eager to read this and when they writing is this good, the book does not disappoint, it is a captivating read that held and kept me engrossed from the opening pages.

5*

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