Rival Sisters by Louise Guy

ebook, 323 pages
Expected publication: August 1st 2020 by Amazon Publishing UK
About the Book:
Hannah and Nat were teenagers when their mum died in a terrible accident. The pain of it tore them apart, creating a rift that they’ve never been able to bridge. Neither is able to understand or appreciate her sister’s perspective, each quick to be riled by the other. Both women have been indelibly shaped by the tragedy. Hannah is controlling, desperate to protect her loved ones in a way she failed to do with her mum. Meanwhile, Nat is forever running from the ‘selfish daughter’ label that she was marked with after the accident. Now secrets in both women’s lives threaten to bring them down. Help may be close at hand, but neither can see it. But with life falling apart and the truth in short supply, can they finally see past their differences to the bond that could bring them together?

This beautifully rendered story is told through the eyes of Hannah and Nat, two very different women with very different lives who are bound by grief, strength of character and sisterhood. The author does a remarkable job in immersing us in the day to day life of her characters who are funny, engaging and have very human flaws. Tragedy lies beneath the lightness and what starts as an highly enjoyable narrative becomes imbued with an increasingly dark edge that points to reasons behind the dysfunction.

When I read the blurb for this novel, I was intrigued by the story-line premise. Lots of potential here for a gripping page turner. The story itself is that. Intrigue, secrets long hidden, and truths that are maybe years too late in arriving. Lots of twists and turns, and unexpected happenings. As well as an ending that surprised me. For this alone, I can recommend the book. Rival Sisters has it all – engaging narrative, relatable characters, clever psychological insights and a rich engrossing mystery. I can highly recommend.

Thank you NetGalley, Louise Guy and Amazon Publishing UK for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

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