Stop everything you are doing and get this book. I mean it.
Title: The Stolen Sisters
Author: Louise Jensen
Publication date: October 1st 2020
Genre: Psychological thriller
Format reviewed: NetGalley e-ARC
Number of pages: 400
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…?
If you’ve been here before, you know I am a huge fan of Louise Jensen. If you’re new, well, be aware I am a huge fan of Louise Jensen!
Why do I mention it?
Because I tend to be even more critical of the work of those who have given me the best reading experiences. So when I picked up The Stolen Sisters, the expectations were sky-high and my hopes bigger than life.
Did the novel deliver? Let’s see.
Three sisters. Multiple point of views. Two timelines.
Mixing all of these seems complicated, don’t you think?
Not for Louise Jensen.
Oh My Goodness. The Stolen Sisters has become my second favorite book by Louise, really close to her debut, The Sister. Ha, I spot a link here 😉
What to say?
Twins and an older sister, scarred by a terrible event that happened in their childhood and has impacted their lives so much that one has OCD and is prone to panic attacks, one is an addict, and the last is afraid to let anyone get close to her.
Only a master in characterization can create three unique voices and bind them with love to build a web of emotions that reach your heart and soul.
Carly, Marie, Leah. I will not forget those names. Together but alone. Them against the world. Them against the past. Them against themselves?
I usually steer clear of giving away much of the plot and hate re-hashing what’s in the blurb, but I will be even more vague here because I believe you can only get the full impact of this extraordinary psychological thriller by going in blind.
If you don’t know Louise Jensen, I must warn you that her writing is a drug, a delicious poison that seeps into your veins until you become one with the ink of the story. Every scene is vivid, whether it is a simple routine moment or a crucial minute. You FEEL the action, or lack of. You FEEL for the characters, but also WITH them. Louise’s books read like watching a movie, with a direct access to the emotions. I don’t get this experience with anyone else.
I reached the end of the novel feeling bereft, grieving, yet happy. The Stolen Sisters is haunting. The story is not another abduction tale, it’s a real and exquisite account of lies, secrets, guilt, and love. This novel has the power to make you doubt what you read, see, and feel. It’s evocative, it crackles with tension, it gives the truth a bittersweet taste.
Three sisters, a terrible kidnapping. It looks straight. It is far from it! So far you can’t see the horizon! I was obsessed with the account of what happened to Leah, Marie, and Carly when they were little. I was fascinated by the bound their shared, and particularly curious about a set of twins and an older sister. How does it work? We know the special connection between twins, so how would Carly fit in there? I am an only child, and I always thought I was happy with it, but Louise made me long for sisters. Me?! That says a lot!
The past timeline is engaging, but the author doesn’t neglect the present. A threat hangs in the air. It’s the anniversary of their kidnapping, and the sisters are high on tension. Someone is haunting them, and memories are keeping them in a toxic fog that prevents them from living. Can they escape their past and get rid of their burden? What’s the price of freedom?
Dear friends, I only have one thing to say: buy this book. Put the phone down, lock yourself in your room, grab your blanket and a mug of tea. Take your time and enjoy this magnificent dive into the world of thrillers.
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Find out about Louise Jensen’s previous books with my reviews!
And her romance novel published under the name Amelia Henley!
Louise Jensen has sold over a million English language copies of her International No. 1 psychological thrillers The Sister, The Gift, The Surrogate, The Date and The Family. Her novels have also been translated into twenty-five languages, as well as featuring on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller’s List. Louise’s sixth thriller, The Stolen Sisters will be published in Autumn by Harper Collins.
The Sister was nominated for the Goodreads Debut of 2016 Award. The Date was nominated for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ Prize 2018. The Surrogate was nominated for the best Polish thriller of 2018. The Gift has been optioned for a TV film. The Family was a Fern Britton Book Club pick. Louise was also listed for two CWA Dagger Awards.
When Louise isn’t writing thrillers, she turns her hand to penning love stories under the name Amelia Henley. Her debut as Amelia Henley, The Life We Almost Had, is out now.
Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire. She loves to hear from readers and writers.