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The Sister

Narrated by: Natalie Blass
Length: 9 hrs
4 out of 5 stars (388 ratings)

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Summary

"I did something terrible, Grace. I hope you can forgive me."

Grace hasn't been the same since the death of her best friend, Charlie. She is haunted by Charlie's words the last time she saw her and, in a bid for answers, opens an old memory box of Charlie's. It soon becomes clear there was a lot she didn't know about her best friend.

When Grace starts a campaign to find Charlie's father, Anna, a girl claiming to be Charlie's sister, steps forward. For Grace, finding Anna is like finding a new family, and soon Anna has made herself very comfortable in Grace and her boyfriend Dan's home.

But something isn't right. Things disappear, Dan's acting strangely, and Grace is sure that someone is following her. Is it all in Grace's mind? Or as she gets closer to discovering the truth about both Charlie and Anna, is Grace in terrible danger?

There was nothing she could have done to save Charlie. Or was there?

©2016 Louise Jensen (P)2016 Bookouture

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Weaves a delicate tale

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This is not your usual psychological thriller. Do not listen to The Sister if you expect murder bloodshed and being given sleepless nights filled with fear; this is a more subtle storyline than that. The tale is as delicate as spider’s silk, and weaves a web that will trap you inside and make it impossible for you to escape until you reach the end. The detailed writing packs every sentence with vivid pictures and atmosphere.
I listened to it on audiobook, rather than reading it, and it was a great escape from my housework! I really liked the narrator, too and thought she did a brilliant job.
The story itself starts with a fascinating set-up that hooked me from the start, and I was really keen to find out more. There were times when I found Gracie a little pathetic, but there are reasons why she is the way she is, which are slowly revealed.
The Sister features a lot of twists and turns that are intricately woven and well-written, and is a good read but just falls short of the promised greatness. Louise Jensen is an author with a lot of potential; one who I will watch eagerly in the future.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Catherine
  • LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom
  • 24-08-16

Intruiging

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The story is a bit far fetched. Anna was horrible and in reality, anyone would've thrown her out of their house after a day! Grace was too gullible. I persevered with the book as the story line was intriguing even though it was a bit unbelievable. It's got a lot of good reviews so I wouldn't put anyone off reading it. I only finished reading it a few days ago and have already forgotten what it was about really. Maybe it's just me!

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  • Gemma
  • Hereford
  • 27-07-16

Slow start.....but keep with it

Would you consider the audio edition of The Sister to be better than the print version?

they are probablyof equal footing, i have not read the print version, i prefer to have someone read to me! it helps me to emerse myself in to the story more.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I rather enjoyed Lexi's character because she of her complex past and her crazy ways.

Which character – as performed by Natalie Blass – was your favourite?

Lexi

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I loved the scenes with Grace and her Grandparents, especially her grandfather the obvious love that they shared stood out

Any additional comments?

I was excited about reading this book....i found it a little slow to start with, and was not sure whether to carry on listening to it, but i stuck with it and am so glad i did it soon picked up and the twists and turns kept me listening for hours...however i did predict what was going on..... definitely worth a read

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Impressive debut

What made the experience of listening to The Sister the most enjoyable?

The plot of this book was very good, plenty of twists and turns and it moved at a really good pace to keep you gripped.

What did you like best about this story?

Guessing what the secret might be - I think I guessed at everything apart from what it actually was!

What does Natalie Blass bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She had a pleasant tone that made the book enjoyable to listen too.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I did something terrible Grace...

Any additional comments?

Really enjoyable and a cracking debut - well worth a listen and easily 5 stars - I love a good psychological thriller!!

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The Sister, A Gripping Story....

Would you consider the audio edition of The Sister to be better than the print version?

I really enjoyed the audio version of The Sister, I think audio and print versions of stories go hand in hand together.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character was Grace as I found it really easy to imagine her in my mind and really felt for her throughout the story.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I enjoyed the parts where Grace thought back about Charlie as she discovered more about her life and secrets. I also loved the scenes with her granddad.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did feel emotional when her cat got killed and she was burring it. And when Grace thought of Charlie and her time with her.

Any additional comments?

The Sister is a really emotional and some what chilling story about Grace as she tries to work out what Charlie did before she died. I loved how this book hops from her thought of Charlie in the past and her discoveries of what Charlie did and who Anna really is after she claims to be Charlies sister and poison her cat. Will she find out or will Anna do more damage in her life? Listen to this audio book to find out.

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Disappointing

A book suitable for teenagers. It is easy to read with short sentences & short chapters.

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  • Kes
  • Blisworth
  • 02-03-19

twisting

I enjoyed this book. A couple of slow paces.
There were a few unexpected turns.

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Great debut

Louise Jensen has written a strong debut novel with The Sister – it has all the components that I love in a psychological thriller; an unrealiable narrator, shifty characters and a dual timeline. I really felt for Grace, Charlie has been a constant in her life for 15 years so to lose her was traumatic and it’s clear that the battle with her grief takes a lot of effort. Charlie seems like a fabulous girl – the sort of friend everyone needs in their life. She’s a little rough around the edges but has integrity and a heart of gold. The flashbacks to their friendship, bringing Charlie back to life, are fabulous. The author really shows how Grace and Charlie’s friendship formed and remained strong through thick and thin.

The pacing of this book is great, a real page turner (well if I wasn’t listening to it that is!). It is gripping from start to end. I’ll be honest, I struggled a little bit with the narrator to begin with as I found her sentences were rushed (no I didn’t have the speed increased and slowing it down didn’t help:) ) but once I got into her rhythm, I found her the perfect voice for The Sister. In fact, I think that her narration added to the tension within the story!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Sister and it was a fabulous companion during my commute.

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Sound narration let down by appaulingly poor plot

This script and plot was so frustratingly outlandish yet painstakingly predictable I struggled to finish. In order to furnish the ridiculous plot the antagonist was created to be pathetic to the point of becoming totally unreal / unrelatable/daft.

There are hundreds of books out there that do this genre more justice... try literally any of them before wasting you time on this.

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Good Read

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Though I found it confusing at times as each chapter is either now or then, it goes backwards and forwards to events.

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 05-10-16

Great suspense with unsual twists, turns and spill

This is one of the best suspense stories of the year. Even if you figure out the plot, which thankfully I didn't because that can spoil the book, there are still added surprises. There are bits and pieces of classic suspense novels and films but not enough to make this story feel like a copycat. It's not without some flaws but like with many in this genre you have to suspend some disbelief. It’s crafty, mind bending and has tender moments. Plus, I am left pondering - why are there so many spills in this book? It seems like red wine, water, tea, coffee, any damn liquid are being sloshed over, thrown, tipped, etc. What is the significance to this? And warning, lots of vomiting too. Highly recommend for a scary night in October.

36 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-16

Surprised.

I almost passed this up because it did not rate high, but whoever was rating it got it wrong. Excellent book. 1st time in many books I have stayed up into the night not wanting to shut it off.

61 of 64 people found this review helpful

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  • Paula C Baulch
  • 10-01-17

Glad it's over

This story feels contrived. It was a challenge to care about the characters and simply get to the end. Doing so actually feels like an accomplishment.

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  • Mr. Sagiv Hadaya
  • 08-09-16

story is OK. but narration is amazing.

story was not so surprising but interesting enough. what made unique was the narration, top notch voice acting and beautiful accent.

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  • Kellie
  • 15-12-16

My god the first few hours were TOURTURE....

This book had a lot of unnecessary story written. I almost gave up. The ending was okay, not worth all the back n forth chapters in the beginning. Sheesh.

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  • Tammy
  • 28-12-16

Still waiting for the twist!

I grew to hate the heroine! What a twit. Don't see what the ending had to do with the story set-up. Many situations were completely unbelievable. Definitely not on par with The Girl on the Train.

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  • NC_Mom76
  • 09-07-16

On My All-time Favorites List

I loved this book. It has all the makings of an all-time favorite. It's about friendship, family, first love, and fate. It made me laugh, cry, and scratch my head trying to figure out the mystery that flows through the whole story. When I give reviews I don't mention specifics so I can't accidentally spoil any of the story. I will just tell you that you want to read this, trust me. So worth it. It's one of the best books I've read in a long time. Perfect summer read.

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  • Sam
  • 11-01-17

Slow

Almost gave up mid-way through. Glad I finished. Probably won't go with this author again though. Sorry.

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  • itsmelisap7
  • 05-10-16

Great twist!

I love this genre but its been a while since one surprised me like this. As much as I tried I never saw the twists coming.

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  • R.E.W.
  • 08-10-16

Not totally sorry 1 credit's gone....

It was fine. Not gripping. Not enthralling. Fine. Good. Not sorry I heard it. If you want something to listen to on a drive, it will do. I was convinced based on other reviews of "a twist you won't see coming!" Not true. If, like me, you figure it out 1/4 of the way through, it's still not bad, but don't go on thinking you're going to be floored, because you won't be.

35 of 39 people found this review helpful