Yesterday afternoon I picked this book up, The Stolen Sisters, by Louise Jensen, for a quick read, say an hour max. A handful of hours later I finally put it down. What characters, what a plot, what an exhilarating, twisting, turning, breathless ride to the end!
It revolves around the abduction of three young girls and how, twenty years later, they are still haunted by it. I loved the way the original crime was still echoing through the present and creating the mystery that was now unfolding, and it really made me feel for those poor women who were still to some extent trapped as the frightened children who had never really escaped. It’s a theme close to my own heart at the moment, as the impact of a crime from decades ago is something I also explore deeply in my upcoming book (details to be announced on 25 November, so watch this space!).
If I were to criticise The Stolen Sisters at all I’d say…ah, who am I kidding, I’ve no criticism. From the hooky start where the three sisters are abducted as children, to the weaving of the present day story of how each sister struggles to hold life together as a result of their trauma, I loved this book and was addicted to the mystery running through it. I’ve always enjoyed Louise’s writing but in my opinion she has somehow managed to step things up even higher with this.
Sisterhood binds them. Trauma defines them. Will secrets tear them apart?
Leah’s perfect marriage isn’t what it seems but the biggest lie of all is that she’s learned to live with what happened all those years ago.Marie drinks a bit too much to help her forget. And Carly has never forgiven herself for not keeping them safe. Twenty years ago The Sinclair Sisters were taken. But what came after their return was far worse. Can a family ever recover, especially when not everyone is telling the truth…?