“CARING SISTER. LYING SISTER. TRUE SISTER. WORST SISTER. LITTLE SISTER. THIEVING SISTER. DEVOTED SISTER. LOVING SISTER. JEALOUS SISTER. PROTECTIVE SISTER.”
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?
Little Sister opens with a prologue that has you immediately intrigued – Daisy has been kidnapped, by who and why? The search for the missing child is on and things will never be the same again.
For me, Daisy’s disappearance wasn’t the main focus of the plot, but a tool used to show the relationships within this family, particularly that of the two sisters, Emily and Jess. Interspersed between both sister’s perspectives in the present day, we see them reflecting on their childhood. The more you learn about Emily as a child, and as an adult too, the stronger your disdain for her becomes. Yes, her child is missing, but there’s something about her that prevents you offering her empathy – and for me, it was Emily’s character that makes this book the success it is. She is the perfect character to love to hate.
And the secrets, the lies, the half-truths – this family is laid bare. As these secrets starts to emerge, you don’t know who to trust, and it’s this desire to know who is telling the truth and who is hiding something that drives you through the pages of this book.
New information about this family’s relationship is constantly emerging and I found the pace a bit too slow in places, and this was likely a result of the suspense. Don’t get me wrong, I love suspense, but when you have your suspicions and want to know what happens, there’s a fine line between holding the suspense for the right amount of time before revealing, and holding the expense too long, causing the plot to stagnate.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel, and have no reservations recommending it. Little Sister may appeal to readers who enjoy character-driven novels; it’s a tale of sisterhood gone wrong, how secrets and lies can damage a family, with several nice twists along the way.