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Review: THE SECOND SISTER, Claire Kendal

The Second Sister, by Claire Kendal. Review by Barbara Copperthwaite

'Claire Kendal is one to watch in this genre'


It is ten years since Ella's sister Miranda disappeared without trace, leaving her young baby behind. Chilling new evidence links Miranda to the horrifying Jason Thorne, now in prison for murdering several women. Is it possible that Miranda knew him?

At thirty, Miranda’s age when she vanished, Ella looks uncannily like the sister she idolized. What holds Ella together is her love for her sister’s child and her work as a self-defence expert helping victims.

Haunted by the possibility that Thorne took Miranda, and driven by her nephew’s longing to know about his mother, Ella will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth – no matter how dangerous…


I was a fan of Claire Kendal’s The Book of You, so was eager to read her new novel, The Second Sister. Wow, this is a psychological thriller so dark it has a black hole at its heart.

It starts off in intriguing fashion, feeding little nuggets of secrets that have the reader following them, slowly at first, Hansel and Gretel-style wherever author Claire Kendal wants to lead them. The twisty journey is full of hairpin bends, and it picks up pace as it goes, culminating in an unexpectedly breathless ending. Enough loose ends are tied up to give deep satisfaction, but the author also leaves enough threads loose that the reader sits thinking about the book for days afterwards, haunted.

Beautifully written, well-plotted, and executed in masterful style, The Second Sister proves that Claire Kendal is one to watch in this genre.

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