Published by Orion on October 18, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Fiction
First there was The Guilty Wife. Now read Elle Croft's next twisty psychological suspense novel, The Other Sister.
How far would you go...
Gina Mills is desperate to be a newsreader, but her boss - the director of the struggling Channel Eight, won't help.
Walking home one night, Gina stumbles upon a dead body, and after calling the police, she makes the split-second decision to report the murder live.
When questioned by the police, Gina can't remember specific details about her discovery, but these memory gaps are explained away as shock.
...to uncover your family's deadly secret?
But when Gina finds a second body, it's clear she's being targeted. But why?
And how is this connected to the death of Gina's younger sister so many years ago?
Fans of Friend Request by Laura Marshall, Sweet Little Lies by Caz Frear, The Mistake by KL Slater, The Secret Mother by Shalini Boland and The Angel by Katerina Diamond will love The Other Sister.
I can safely say when reading this taut thriller I had questions all the way through the book! This author kept me guessing all the way through, I had questions and questions and guess what MORE questions!
We are shown the story through different points of view.
We have Gina, walking home one night and discovers something horrifying! A dead body in an alleyway and once she called the police, she streams it live on the Channel 8 Facebook page. The backlash that follows spirals as she loses her friends, comes under vicious cyber attacks, as well as scary photos of her and rocks through the window at home! Terrifying! But hang on a second….her story does not quite add up. One thing to the police, another thing to someone else, what is going on here???
Then another body shows up with the same MO………
Ryan, Gina’s brother, adjusting to life since Gina came back into her life six months ago! But he has his own secrets and what happened to Cassie, their younger sister all those years ago? Why is she haunting him in every face he sees?
Detective Adam Adebayo, on the team to solve the murder, he is enamoured with Gina one minute and angry the next. Trying to understand what is going on! I loved his point of view, he was not the lead in the case, but one of the “bods” and it was quite refreshing, to see a crime being solved this way working with their team.
Lastly, back in time, 1996 to be precise, Sharon the mother of Ryan, Gina and the mysterious Cassie, this is told in the third person. And it is not a nice recount of the past, made me sad in places and angry at times, as you unravel what has made her disown her daughter. Why the hatred?
The short chapters from each character, leave you with intrigue. You will see everything unravel slowly, teasing and encouraging you to “one more page” not relenting as it sticks with you making you carry on. This is so twisty and dark it keeps you hooked, I am so glad I got the chance to read it.
Man, it was such a thrilling read, I feel like I can unwind a bit now, been through the ringer and at least I can say I come up smelling of roses. Not everyone else did. I can safely put my hands up and admit, I did not have a clue how this would end, it is unpredictable and I got frustrated I could not read it quick enough. The writing is so fluid and mesmerising, that it was not an effort to read at all, and I enjoyed every second of this journey!
Elle’s other book The Guilty Wife is now calling loudly to me!
*Thank you so much to Tracy at
Compulsive Readers, Alainna at Orion and the author Elle Croft for a copy of this book in return for my honest and unbiased review*
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