Little Sister

Little SisterLittle Sister by Isabel Ashdown
Published by Trapeze on April 27th 2017
Pages: 384
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“At some point in the life of every single human being who walks this Earth, they will construct a lie, whether large or small. No one is without sin when it comes to the art of lying.”

After a sixteen-year separation, sisters Jessica (Jess) and Emily are reunited at their Mother’s funeral. Jess even moves into her sister’s home (with her sister’s husband James and his teenage daughter Chloe) to help take care of her sister’s daughter Daisy. Everything seems to be going well and everyone in the home appears to be happy as the arrangement works for them – until the unthinkable happens – Daisy goes missing while Jess is babysitting.

When Emily and James return from a New Year’s Eve party, they find Daisy is missing and Jess lying on the floor covered in blood. Jess has a medical condition which can cause her to pass out for one to two minutes. What happened in those minutes? Naturally the police will question everyone and through the course of the investigations some truths and lies come out.

Just when I thought I had this book figured out, a secret came out or a lie was uncovered. It soon became clear that everyone in this book had secrets. Another title for this book could have been “Secrets and Lies family style” Seriously! What I thought I knew turned out to be a lie or a half truth. Why so many secrets? Who has something to hide? Who doesn’t have something to hide? Where is Daisy? Why have the sisters not spoken in sixteen-years?

The premise of this book sounded so good and there are some great parts to this book. Having said that, there were also parts that seemed to drag which caused the book to feel slow at times. I wanted things to hurry up and at other times in the book, I found the pacing to be spot on. This book does have some clever twists and turns. Plus, there are some revelations which show that one of the sisters is not as nice as she appears to be at the beginning of the book.

I didn’t mind knowing what happened to Daisy before the end of the book, I found that it worked for this story. As I mentioned above, there are other twists and turns which keep this book interesting. I would have rated this book higher had it not been for the various parts of the book which seemed slow.

I do look forward to reading more books by this Author in the future. I did enjoy this book, I just wished it had more editing or a faster pace throughout.

Thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.