One hot August night, Rachel Power gets the call everyone fears. It’s the police. Her younger sister Evie’s had a car crash, she’s in a coma. Can Rachel fly to London right away? With Evie injured and comatose, Rachel is left to pick up the pieces of her sister’s life. But it’s hard fitting them together, especially when she really doesn’t like what she sees. Why was Evie driving when she doesn’t even own a licence? Who is the man living in her flat and claiming Evie is his girlfriend? How come she has never heard of him?
The more mysteries Rachel uncovers, the more she starts asking herself how well she ever really knew her sister. And then she begins to wonder if the crash was really the accident everybody says it is. Back in hospital, Evie, trapped inside an unresponsive body, is desperately trying to wake up. Because she’s got an urgent message for Rachel – a warning which could just save both their lives…
Sisters and Lies is a really enjoyable read that has a good air of mystery, leaving the reader guessing until the end. It took me about a quarter of the book to get properly drawn in, but once I was, I couldn’t stop reading!
The characters are well crafted and convincing, with Evie at first glance seeming a bit shallow and conceited (there were times where I really got irritated with Evie – and in fact, with Rachel too), but as you read on you realise there’s far more going on in her life than you first thought. In fact, Rachel soon realises she’s also missing a lot of detail about Evie’s recent life. Therefore as a reader you feel as confused and in the dark as she is, which really helps you empathise with her.
I love novels where you’re never sure who the ‘baddies’ are, and of course Evie’s inability to remember what happened right before her accident leaves everything quite up in the air. It’s up to Rachel to work it out- but as we can see inside Evie’s head as she’s in the coma, we sometimes know more than Rachel does, putting us at an interesting advantage and making me desperately willing Rachel on, to work it all out!
The pace flitted between slow and steady sometimes, slowly revealing more and more about what happened to the reader, to quite fast paced at other times, keeping me wanting to read until the end.
This is an entertaining story with plenty of mystery thrown in – my favourite kind!
Many thanks to the publishers Penguin Books and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel in return for an honest review.