How much do you know about your sister? You might just be surprised…
The Perfect Sister by Zoe Miller
Once inseparable, years of resentment and jealousy have driven Alice and Holly apart. But, though they barely speak these days, Alice knows her sister is hiding something.
When she hears that discovery at a soon-to-be-demolished apartment building has led police to re-open an ‘accidental death’ case, Alice thinks nothing of it. Until someone knocks at her door, with questions about Holly…
Alice doesn’t believe her sister is capable of involvement in anything so sinister. But when she tries to contact Holly, she can’t be reached…
Forced to dig through the past in order to uncover the truth, Alice also starts to uncover years of Holly’s secrets – and to doubt her innocence. And as the evidence mounts up, she has a choice to make: does she want to help her sister clear her name, even if Alice will end up paying the price?
The opening pages of The Perfect Sister allude to something big and mysterious, and while something like that is in the midst, it’s not until about halfway through the book that the story starts to unravel. For me, that meant it was hard to view this book as a thriller at times. In fact, I found it more of a love story between Alice and Damien. While I saw the purpose of the storyline for the overall plot of the book, it was a bit too much for my liking in a thriller. However, I was pretty satisfied with the overall plot by the end, plus it gave me some time to enjoy the character development.
The Perfect Sister alternates between different timelines and the perspectives of Alice and Holly. While I leaned more toward liking Alice, neither sister was very likeable. Alice was overbearing and at times holier than thou, while Holly was an ungrateful, spoiled brat. However, it was interesting to see how their characters evolved and the theme of what we would do for our family was enjoyable.
I also enjoyed the reflection on the Celtic Tiger, although this is more seen from Holly’s lifestyle than Alice’s. It was a stark reminder of how so many people lived beyond their means and got themselves into serious financial trouble.
While The Perfect Sister wasn’t the best thriller I ever read, it was certainly enjoyable and left me wanting to find out more. If it sounds right up your street, the book is available to buy now.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.