It is ten years since Ella’s sister Miranda disappeared without trace, leaving her young baby behind. Chilling new evidence links Miranda to the horrifying Jason Thorne, now in prison for murdering several women. Is it possible that Miranda knew him?
At thirty, Miranda’s age when she vanished, Ella looks uncannily like the sister she idolized. What holds Ella together is her love for her sister’s child and her work as a self-defence expert helping victims.
Haunted by the possibility that Thorne took Miranda, and driven by her nephew’s longing to know about his mother, Ella will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth – no matter how dangerous…
Today we’re kicking off the blog tour for the magnificent The Second Sister. Claire Kendal’s new novel follows Miranda as she attempts to discover the reasons for her sister’s disappearance ten years ago. This book is such a wild ride – it hooks you in from the very first page and absolutely does not let you go. I loved The Second Sister, and it definitely shoots right to the top as one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year.
Part of the reason I really enjoyed this book so much was the wonderfully written characters. They’re depicted very realistically, and Kendal really gives you the opportunity to delve deep and get to know her characters. I loved Ella’s little boy Luke, he’s such a clever and interesting character. Likewise Ella is a really interesting character, and I really enjoyed watching the story play out as she attempts to discover what happened all those years ago. You really begin to root for her, hoping she finds the answers that she needs.
There is some love interest in the story too – I didn’t enjoy this aspect as much as the creepy mystery elements, but it adds another layer to an already complex and fascinating plot. This book isn’t a fast action type thriller, it’s much more slow burning and atmospheric. There’s plenty of twists along the way, and the plot will keep you guessing right until the very end. I always feel slightly let down when I figure out the mystery well before the reveal, but that definitely wasn’t the case with The Second Sister. The second half of the book is particularly intriguing – I won’t say too much so I don’t spoil it for anyone! – but this really is the perfect book for thriller fans. A creepy mystery, a plot that keeps you guessing and some fantastically written characters – what more do you need?
Thanks for checking out my stop on The Second Sister Blog Tour! Be sure to check out the other stops below!