I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on The Stolen Sisters by Louise Jensen on my blog today.
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…?
The Stolen Sisters is the intense new thriller by Louise Jensen. I’m a huge fan of Louise Jensen’s work, and she never disappoints!
Twenty years ago, three sisters disappeared. Their story hits all the major newspapers, news outlets in the UK and abroad. What they went through was horrific, but they survived. In the twenty years that have followed, they have struggled to move on. It particularly affects the eldest sister, Carly. She is haunted by the fact that she failed to keep her younger sisters safe that day. Now, her sister, Leah also has her own child to worry about. With the person responsible for their kidnapping now set to be released, it adds new stress into her life. Leah is terrified he will come after them. When she begins to receive letters, counting down to the anniversary of their disappearance, she knows her fears are very real.
Louise Jensen keeps the tension turning up a notch with each new chapter. Leah’s fears come through very strongly in Louise’s writing; it’s not just her own safety she is worried about now; it is also her son’s. This causes extreme levels of anxiety for Leah, and we begin to see the relationship she has with her husband fracture. He simply doesn’t know what to do. I struggled to reason with him on this point. He knows his wife has gone through a terrible ordeal, yet he can’t seem to understand why it is affecting her still, all these years later.
Louise Jensen also takes us back in time to the moment when the girls were taken. Louise describes the horror of their ordeal, yet she still also keeps parts of it cloaked in mystery. As each new anniversary of their kidnapping arrives, they are faced with renewed interest from the press. A few years ago, they even released a book about the case. But now, on the twentieth anniversary, the press want a different angle. Leah is less keen to take part in a new round of interviews. She feels that she is being pressured to do so by her sisters. This did make me think about what new details the press hope to learn from the girls.
Louise does a good job of creating tension throughout the book, especially in the chapters when the girls are being held captive. We know they are somehow going to escape, but I wanted to know how they were going to make this happen. I found that I was holding my breath as I was reading some of these scenes. I had to know what was going to happen next.
It’s the twists which come later in the book that make it so dark and twisted. I couldn’t believe what I was reading, as Louise revealed her secrets.
If you’re a fan of Louise Jensen’s work, you’re in for a treat, and if you haven’t read any of her novels before, then you really need to. I thoroughly enjoyed The Stolen Sisters. I can’t wait to read what Louise Jensen writes next.
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Print length: 400 pages
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