The Liar’s Sister - Sarah A. Denzil
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Ten years ago, a boy named Samuel Murray went missing from the quiet village of Buckthorpe and was never found again. Rosie Sharpe cried over her missing friend for weeks after. Her little sister Heather knows that Rosie’s tears hide the truth. Because the night Samuel was last seen, Heather watched her older sister climbing back through the window of their childhood bedroom. Her jacket torn, her eyes wild and her body trembling with fear. Heather never told anyone what she saw, but secrets can’t stay buried forever… A decade later, Rosie and Heather return to the home they grew up in when their mother falls ill. But when their house is ransacked and they receive a threatening note, it becomes clear that someone in the close-knit village doesn’t want them there. When Heather finally confronts her sister about what really happened on the dark, rainy night Samuel vanished, Rosie’s version of the truth is more shocking than she could ever have imagined. But can she trust her sister? As the lies of the past begin to unravel, they have the power to put the lives of both women in terrible danger…
This was a really easy read. The storyline was kept simple and wasn’t over complicated. There wasn’t an unnecessary amount of characters that you needed to know. Additionally, even though you are flipping back and forwards between chapters of ‘Then’ and ‘Now’, it was easy to follow. The ‘Then’ chapters were more Rosie reminiscing than anything rather than it being currently set in the then. Heather and Rosie are sisters with a past full of secrets. When their mum passes away, Heather is determined to get to the bottom of what has plagued their family for over ten years. However, her digging around is causing a lot of unrest in the village, and suddenly her’s and her sister’s lives are in peril. It is a slow burn story, and I wasn’t sure what the outcome would be, but it was evident that nothing would be revealed until the end. The main chunk of the book is setting the scene of what led up to the events of the incident. Nothing is left unsaid at the end you are left with a complete picture. Even though it is a slow burn story that does not mean the story is slow going. It gently builds up, and you are right there in danger with the sisters. Not knowing what is happening and feel the anxiety. It was very well written and a good old psychological thriller.