The Liar's Sister by Sarah A. Denzil
ebook, 276 pages
Published September 25th 2019 by Bookouture
About the Book:
Ten years ago Samuel Murray went missing from the small village of Buckthorpe and was never found again. A quiet boy who loved walking in the woods and tending the animals on his parents’ farm. Family, friends and neighbours all say they didn’t see him on the dark, rainy night he disappeared. But surely someone in the close-knit community must know something? Rosie Sharpe cried for weeks after. But her little sister Heather knows that Rosie’s tears hide the truth. Because the night their friend Samuel was last seen, Heather saw her older sister climbing back into the window of their childhood bedroom. Her jacket torn, her eyes wild and her body trembling with fear. Heather has never told anyone what she saw, but secrets can’t stay buried forever. When Rosie and Heather are forced to return to the home they grew up in, to spend the last days with their dying mother, they must confront what really happened a decade ago. But the people of Buckthorpe make it clear they are unwelcome – they’ve always suspected the girls knew more than they said about the night Samuel went missing. And as the shocking lies of the past begin to unravel, they have the power to put the lives of both sisters in terrible danger.
I really liked how the author took you back to when the main characters were younger and showed why the backstory was so important. She was able to wind current day events with the events that happened ten years ago and show why every small choice in life really does have an impact on one’s future. The ending was also mind-blowing.
This is a dialogue driven tale and moves along at a nice pace alternating between present day and ten years ago. The setting is the UK and the book contains some British slang and terms that are not common in North America. There is mystery as well as drama as the reader is led through Heather’s thoughts, suspicions and conversations with others. It is well written and the story flows nicely. I found it very entertaining.
The characters were very real. I also like the transitions between past and present. And just when I thought I had figured something out, each time there was a great twist. I devoured this book in one sitting- really well written with a lot of twists I didn't see coming. Usually you can predict a thriller's ending midway, but this one pleasantly surprised me.
Thank you NetGalley, Sarah A. Denzil and Bookouture for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.