‘I died yesterday, or so I’ve been told.’
When a stranger leaves stepsisters, Victoria and Ness, a half-share in a house in Holland, they think it must be a mistake. But there’s no mistake when Ness goes missing.
Desperate for the truth, Victoria travels from Guernsey to Holland to find out what’s happened to her. Has she, as her texts show, embarked on a whirlwind romance? Has someone abducted her or even worse?
What she doesn’t know is there’s someone watching, and that person wants her dead.
Can Victoria find out the truth before it’s too late?
I enjoyed the two settings of the story, although most takes part in Holland. I was a little envious of Victoria travelling to Holland, though of course not under the circumstances. With her sisters dog Nigel in toe, Victoria tries to find out what has happened Ness, due to the police not taking it seriously enough.
Not sure if it’s because I am a dog lover or the dog is slightly humanised with his name, but I couldn’t help, like Victoria, to get quite attached to him. In parts, I was as much concerned about him as the characters! He is a bit of an “underdog” literally.
There is a sense of foreboding throughout the story. It made me second guess everyone that we get to meet as to whether they are trustworthy or not. Along with what is going on with the disappearance of Ness, there is another thread to do with Victoria and the relationship with her mother that I was equally interested in.
The Stepsister is a dark and sinister read. Victoria isn’t the most likeable of protagonists but she grew on me the more I got to know her. The dynamics of the story kept me hooked, urging me to turn those pages to see how things were going to end. My first book by the author and certainly won’t be my last.
The Stepsister is available to purchase from Amazon.