Wednesday 25 July 2018

The Sisters by Claire Douglas Book Review

Time for another book review, and this time it's The Sisters by Claire Douglas. I started this the day after I finished 5 Years From Now, and whilst they are very different books I have to say I enjoyed it just as much and had the same feeling of 'I can't put this down, I NEED to see how it ends'. I tend to go for the typical romance stories when looking for a new book but after the heartbreak I felt from 5 Years From Now, I just needed something a little different to my usual and this was perfect.
A book review of The Sisters by Claire Douglas
One lied. One died. When one sister dies, the other must go to desperate lengths to survive. After a tragic accident, still haunted by her twin sister's death, Abi is making a fresh start in Bath. But when she meets siblings Bea and Ben, she is quickly drawn into their privileged and unsettling circle. As Abi tries to keep up with the demands of her fickle friends, strange things start happening - precious letters go missing and threatening messages are left in her room. Is this the work of the beautiful and capricious Bea? Or is Abi willing to go to any lengths to get attention? When the truth outs, will either sister survive?

My review

First of all this book is an absolute bargain on Amazon at the moment! I got it for £2! I never see books that cheap so this was an absolute steal. As I mentioned earlier, this wouldn't usually be my typical choice, I enjoy love stories and things a bit more lighthearted but I decided to give this a chance as like I said, I was still reeling from 5 Years From Now and just needed something totally different. Well that's exactly what I got, and pretty much straight away I was hooked.

From the beginning there's lots of intrigue around Abi and what sort of role she had to play in her twin sisters death and then we see her basically trying to rebuild her life. When she meets Bea and Ben she thinks everything has fallen into place but unfortunately her new friends aren't all they seem. We find out as the story goes on that Abi's sister Lucy bears a striking resemblance to new friend Bea and that's kind of when things start to get a little creepy and we're left guessing who's doing all of these things and more importantly, why? Is it Abi trying to find a replacement for her sister, or is there more to Bea than we thought? This is such an interesting story so I really don't want to ruin it for you, but honestly once you start this, you won't be able to stop. Instantly I was intrigued by Abi and what had happened to her sister, I was dubious of Bea but I couldn't quite work out why and I saw Ben as this hero who was the person Abi needed in her life, but let's just say things didn't turn out how I expected. At one point I thought I knew who the culprit of these weird happenings was, in fact I was convinced and then towards the end, that was all flipped on it's head and there is a huge twist!

The storyline is just brilliant, Claire has written it in a way that just grips you and doesn't let go, there are so many options throughout of where the story could go but whenever you think you have it figured out, she takes you in another direction which I loved as you really can't predict how it's going to end. Despite lots of twist and turns throughout the book, it flows really well and I never felt confused or like I had to go back and get to grips again with it which I have found with books like this in the past. This is told from both Abi and Bea's perspective and again usually this is something I struggle with in a book, flipping from one person to another but Claire did this bit so well and I soon got used to it and actually enjoyed hearing from both sides as that only added to the intrigue of both of the characters and really left me debating throughout whose side I was on. Since finishing this book I've thought about it several times and how it ended, the last line in particular leaves me feeling a little confused as it indicates that even after everything there is still so much more to Abi than we realised, even after the whole book, we're left with, hang on is there still more to this?! What is this girl doing? To say I'm not usually one to reach for a thriller book like this, I'm now desperate to read more, especially from Claire herself. The way she has handled sensitive subjects like mental health in this, the way she kept us guessing even to the very last page about the characters and the way it flowed, have all made for an outstanding book. I have no idea why it's so cheap at the moment as I'd definitely pay far more for this, but while it is, now is the perfect time to snap it up. Even if this isn't usually your sort of genre, give it a go, you'll be so glad you did!

I actually don't think I've explained myself in the best way possible with this book but I hope it at least made some sort of sense without ruining it for you. It's one of those books that leaves you with so many thoughts throughout, sadness, shock, sympathy, happiness, and just OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING so it's hard to convey that without totally giving it away!

Have you read The Sisters? If so let me know as I'd love to hear your thoughts on the last line!

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