”Thanks for reading my debut story Aneta!”
I bought The Sister by Louise Jensen as an ebook for 3 euro and it was a good buy. I liked the way the author was building the suspense and intrigue. The book opens with Grace digging in the ground with a shovel, it is dark and the rain is pouring. If you as a reader are in a cosy home at the time while you read it, you are glad about that and you pull the blanket closer toward you. Grace retrieves a memory box that she and her friend buried ten or so years ago. She wasn’t meant to open it alone, but her best friend Charlie is gone, having died at the age of eighteen. Inside the box are mementos they put together and a note she doesn’t recognise, it is from Charlie and it reads “I did something terrible, Grace. I hope you can forgive me.”
Grace lives with her childhood sweetheart Dan, although things have not been great between them, not since they mutual friend Charlie has died. At this stage, we are left to wonder what has happened, but the loss has left Grace depressed and anxious. This is not a first close person she had to part with, her dad is gone as well, and she blames herself for his death. She lost him when she was nine, and since then it was her grandparents that raised her, she had become estranged with her mother, though they started rebuilding their relationship when she turned eighteen.
Grace likes her isolated cottage, it suits her as she feels abandoned and unloved. However she cannot shake a feeling that she is being watched and followed. She tells no one, as doesn’t want to worry her boyfriend or her grandparents without knowing for sure, she fears they may think she has been imagining things. She has been in a fragile state for a while.
Not having anyone to turn to, Grace drowns her sorrows in alcohol and takes way too many sleeping pills. Having uncovered the memory box, she decides to do something for her lost friend, something she felt strongly about when she was alive and Grace promised to help her. She wants to find her father whom she never met. She also hopes that in the process, she might find out what has Charlie done.
One day someone appears, her name is Anna, who bears resemblance to Charlie and wants to know all about her, but that’s where things start to go wrong. Was Grace right to welcome a stranger into their home? If you ever sat in front of a telly watching a thriller and thinking ”oh, no, don’t do that, don’t go there, watch out!” etc., this is what reading this book was like for me. A good read overall, 3 cottages , door handles or door mats.
Cottages, door handles or door matts rating.
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time