The Sister- Louise Jensen

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This book captured my interest from the outset. The chapters are organised throughout into ‘Now’ and ‘Then ‘ as the reader is taken on a journey with the main character Grace, who is still struggling to cope with the loss of her childhood best friend Charlie.

In a bid to find answers to the past, Grace, with help from her boyfriend Dan, starts an online search to trace Charlie’s father. Anna, who claims to be Charlie’s step-sister makes contact and from here on in, the story takes a darker turn. It is clear from the outset that all is not as it seems, but the author successfully weaves enough intrigue into the story to keep the reader guessing until the end.

It’s hard to believe this is Louise Jensen’s debut novel. Fast-paced, intriguing and pulsating, this is a book not to be missed!

Room- Emma Donoghue

A compelling read from the start. The story is narrated through the eyes of five year old Jack who lives locked up in a room with Ma. As the reason for this becomes clear and the story unfolds, the book becomes a fascinating psychological insight into how adults and children cope with trauma. It is also a powerful testament to a mother’s love and just how far someone is prepared to go to protect their child from evil and give them the best possible experiences in life, even in desperate circumstances. And yet it’s a simple, uncomplicated read due to the clever twist of telling the tale through Jack words rather than Ma’s. A real page-turner!