Title: Her Sister’s Lie
Author: Debbie Howells
Publication Date: July 31, 2018
Page Count: 320
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
In this riveting psychological thriller, the international bestselling author of The Bones of Youweaves a compulsive story about one woman’s death and the web of duplicity and fractured relationships that unravels around it . . .
Remember the script. Sisters look out for each other.
It’s been ten years since Hannah Roscoe saw her older sister, but that distance fades to nothing when she receives a call from the police saying Nina is dead. As a teenager, desperate to leave home and make her career in music, Hannah moved into Nina’s cottage in the English countryside. In that secluded setting, Nina was trying to give her children the freedom that she and Hannah never knew growing up.
Now Nina is gone, and Hannah is left to care for her young nephew, Abe, who’s remote and moody in the wake of his loss. But worse is to come, as Nina’s death, first ruled an accident, becomes a murder investigation. Hannah is drawn back into her past, forced to confront the ghosts of their unhappy childhood and the reasons she and Nina finally drifted apart. Nina’s dream of creating an idyllic existence didn’t quite work out for her two older children, Summer and Jude. As for Abe, Hannah suspects he’s hiding something, but whom is he trying to protect?
Through it all, Hannah can’t shake the feeling that someone else knows all about the secrets she and Nina shared—and the ones they kept hidden, even from each other. Perhaps Nina’s death is not a tragic ending after all, but the beginning of a new and twisted nightmare . . .
Debbie Howells has become an author that for me I just immediately grab the book without worrying about those pesky little details like what the plot will actually hold this time. What can I say? I enjoy her writing style and even with her last book, Part of the Silence I still enjoyed reading even though I found it a bit predictable so it went without question I’d be reading this new psychological thriller.
As the story begins Hannah Roscoe is living alone and still reeling from a break up with her boyfriend when she gets a call from a detective. Hannah is told that her sister has had and accident and unfortunately did not make it and that Hannah is listed as her next of kin leaving her to care for her youngest nephew.
Needless to say Hannah was quite in shock on the drive to pick up her nephew since she hadn’t spoken to her sister in ten years after a falling out. After Hannah brings her nephew back to stay with her the police continue to keep contact as the investigation plays out and quickly what looked like an accident turns to a possible homicide.
Her Sister’s Lie did get of to a bit of a slow start but not slow enough to make me want to give up turning the pages to see where it would go as I settled into the familiar writing style. Gone is the immediate guess that I had with the author’s previous book and back was the constant changing of my theory and not trusting anyone or anything. Once the story really dug in and got moving the questions start to form as I waded through the secrets and all the way to the final twist.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
International bestselling novelist Debbie Howells is the author of The Bones of You, her debut thriller, as well as The Beauty of the End, and Part of the Silence. While in the past she has been a flying instructor, the owner of a flower shop, and a student of psychology, she currently writes full-time. Debbie lives in West Sussex with her family, please visit her online at DebbieHowells.com.