Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown | Book Review

Published by Trapeze (27 July 2017)

Available to buy in ebook and paperback

384 pages

Source: Netgalley/My own purchased copy


|   About the Book   |


A twisty psychological thriller about sibling rivalry for fans of FRIEND REQUEST by Laura Marshall, CLOSE TO HOME by Cara Hunter, and THE GUILTY WIFE by Elle Croft.

After sixteen years apart sisters Jessica and Emily are reunited. With the past now behind them, the warmth they once shared quickly returns and before long Jess has moved into Emily’s comfortable island home. Life couldn’t be better. But when baby Daisy disappears while in Jess’s care, the perfect life Emily has so carefully built starts to fall apart.

Was Emily right to trust her sister after everything that happened before?

If you like Clare Mackintosh, Katie Marsh, Kerry Fisher, Jenny Blackhurst, Rachel Abbott, Laura Marshall, Elle Croft, Cara Hunter or Lisa Jewell then you will be utterly gripped by this psychological thriller with a shocking sting in the tale.


|  My Thoughts    |


Set on the Isle of Wight, Little Sister is a deliciously twisty slow burner of a thriller following the disappearance of baby Daisy. The main characters are Emily and her younger sister Jess, both very different in character – one can be spiteful and deceitful, the other needy and a little unstable. Jess was once estranged from her sister Emily, but following their mothers death, she has returned to make her home with Emily and her family. Something major has happened in the past to separate them, but does this have any bearing on Daisy’s disappearance one New Year’s Eve whilst in Jess’ care?

Who has taken baby Daisy from her home? Quite honestly it could have been anyone. Everyone, and I mean everyone, has a secret to hide and it’s impossible to know who to trust. Just when you think you have worked it out, another curve ball appears to throw you off balance and those doubts reappear.  The story focuses on the family in the aftermath of the disappearance and how each of them deals with the trauma. To outsiders, Emily and her husband have the perfect family. But looks can be deceiving.

With shocking revelations and a reveal that came as a complete surprise this is a great read and one which I very much enjoyed. The setting of the small Island gives a slightly claustrophobic feel to the story and as a regular visitor, I could easily visualise the locations mentioned. I do have a copy of Isabel’s latest book, Beautiful Liars to read which I am looking forward to.


|   Author Bio   |

Dark, compelling and beautifully twisty … have you read Isabel yet? In its first three weeks, LITTLE SISTER reached #4 in Amazon UK’s Hot New Crime, Thrillers & Mystery Releases. Isabel’s next psychological thriller BEAUTIFUL LIARS is available on pre-order and is due for release April 2018 (Orion/Trapeze).

Isabel Ashdown was born in London and grew up on the Sussex coast. Her award-winning debut GLASSHOPPER (Myriad, 2009) was twice named as one of the best books of the year, and she now writes full-time, walks daily, and volunteers in a local school for the charity Pets as Therapy. She is currently a Royal Literary Fund Fellow at the University of Chichester.


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