Thursday, 22 September 2011

Sister, Missing by Sophie McKenzie

Published by Simon and Schuster on September 15th
Pages - 250

I woke up to sunshine pouring in through the bedroom window of the holiday cottage. It was going to be another hot day. I yawned and sat up in bed, careful not to disturb Madison. Her long, dark hair was spread over the pillow. I brushed it gently, revealing her sweet, heart-shaped face. 


Amazon Summary
It's two years after the events of Girl, Missing and life is not getting any easier for sixteen-year-old Lauren, as exam pressure and a recent family tragedy take their toll. Lauren's birth mother takes Lauren and her two sisters on holiday in the hope that some time together will help, but a few days into the holiday one of the sisters disappears, under circumstances very similar to those in which Lauren was taken years before. Can Lauren save her sister, and stop the nightmare happening all over again?
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When I received this book, I was a little worried. I thought that it would be impossible to write  a sequel to Girl, Missing. It was such a unique story, that I worried Sister, Missing would just be a repeated version of the original.

As the book began to open up, my worries were constantly with me, as we witnessed a similar abduction of Madison in a copy cat style, but then everything changed. The kidnapping was completely different to Lauren's and the book went off in another direction. 

It was extremely sad to read that Lauren's real father, Sam had passed away, as he had forged such a strong bond with his long lost daughter. Lauren must have felt rather deserted again, especially when her grandparents whom she had held a special relationship with, were moved in a retirement home. The only solid relationship Lauren had, was with Madison, so to find her taken away from her too, would have caused any normal person to have a breakdown. Luckily Lauren is not fragile and will not be broken, as she does all she can to save her sister. 

As the book progresses, you find that the author claws you into the story again. Sophie McKenzie is very good at keeping you hooked from the very first page and holding you tight until the end. 

The last chapters veered off completely from my own assumptions and I was shocked by the events that transpired. I am not sure that I would want to be a member of that family as they seem to ooze bad luck in abundance.

On the whole, a fast paced thriller that leaves you on the edge of your seat, as you hope and pray that the family will find peace in the end. 

7 comments:

  1. I guess I should read both books then :) Great review, Viv.

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  2. I can't wait to read this! I loved Girl, Missing! Great review!

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  3. Mari - yes you should!

    The Book Addicted Girl - You will definitely enjoy it.

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  4. I can't even remember the last time I read a fast paced thriller, I am missing out

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  5. I was a little disappointed in this one as I loved Girl, Missing especially the character of Jam. He didn't work at all as well for me here and I found the story overall too far fetched.

    For me Girl, Missing is best read as a standalone.

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  6. I love the cover and the description of the book sounds fantastic.

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