The Other Sister by Elle Croft Book Review @elle_croft @orion_crime

The Other Sister: A gripping, twisty novel of psychological suspense with a killer ending that you won’t see coming by [Croft, Elle]

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How far would you go…

Gina Mills is desperate to be a newsreader, but her boss – the director of the struggling Channel Eight, won’t help.

Walking home one night, Gina stumbles upon a dead body, and after calling the police, she makes the split-second decision to report the murder live.

When questioned by the police, Gina can’t remember specific details about her discovery, but these memory gaps are explained away as shock.

…to uncover your family’s deadly secret?

But when Gina finds a second body, it’s clear she’s being targeted. But why?

And how is this connected to the death of Gina’s younger sister so many years ago?

MY THOUGHTS

I was a big fan of Elle Croft’s debut novel The Guilty Wife, which I read a short while ago, so I was excited to pick up her second book The Other Sister. Elle Croft puts her characters in extraordinary situations, but they don’t feel too far-fetched, and in both of her books she has come up with an ingenious plot that is utterly engaging, with characters that hide dark, dark secrets. And her latest is just as gripping as her first.

What I have come to expect from Elle Croft’s writing is that you can never trust any of her characters, and there is always something new to find out about them. In her latest book, a family secret is what holds her plot together, and it is very well plotted. Her characters will have you questioning their motives throughout the book. One of her protagonists, Gina Mill’s, is desperate to be a news reader, and currently, she works for news station Channel 8. She has recently become reacquainted with her brother, Ryan, who she hasn’t seen for many years. When Gina discovers a body one evening, she makes the decision to film the discovery and broadcast the crime scene on Channel 8’s social media channels.

Elle Croft really makes you think about her characters; I wanted to find out what was going to happen to Ryan and Gina, and especially what was hiding in their past, and there are some shocking revelations about them which are dark and chilling. I also liked the detective, who was investigating the deaths of the murdered women and I wanted to see if he was going to get the bottom of what was going on. He knows that there is something more here than meets the eye, but his work colleagues don’t share his opinions and he has to fight to have his opinions heard.

We also go back in time to when Gina and Ryan were children and Elle Croft begins to reveal the truth about their childhood, and the events in the past which have formed the basis for what is happening in their lives today. In these chapters, you are still never sure about what is happening and which characters are behind the terrible events that are taking place.

I was chilled by the final scenes in this book, which will keep you thinking about the plot and those final twists which explore a terrifying idea and possibility. This is a dark, immersive crime thriller which has some brilliant characters tangled in a web of family secrets, lies and haunting truths. Once again I enjoyed Elle Croft’s writing which pulls you into the story. The Other Sister is definitely recommended by me.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 24th August 2018

Print length: 350 pages

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The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft Book Review @elle_croft @orion_crime

The Guilty Wife: A thrilling psychological suspense with twists and turns that grip you to the very last page by [Croft, Elle]

Source: Purchased Copy

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I’m guilty of many things.

Bethany Reston is happily married. But she’s also having an affair with a famous client.

And no one can ever know.

But I’m innocent of murder.

When Bethany’s lover is brutally murdered, she has to hide her grief from everyone.

But someone knows her secret. And then one day the threats begin.

With an ever-growing pile of evidence pointing to her as the murderer, the only way she can protect her secrets is to prove her innocence. And that means tracking down a killer.

MY THOUGHTS

With Elle Croft’s latest book, The Other Sister hitting the shelves next week, I thought it was high time that I got round to reading her first novel The Guilty Wife. I decided to listen to the audiobook, and whilst I was listening in the car en route to and from work, I didn’t want my journey to end; it’s not often that I find myself thinking that I would be quite happy to be stuck in traffic. Perhaps listening to audiobooks during my commute is the way to go in future. Elle Croft’s plot is so terrifying. I wanted to know what the outcome for her lead character, Bethany was going to be.

Bethany is a character who you will become invested in. At the beginning of the novel we learn that she is having an affair, so perhaps this doesn’t paint her in the best light, and I didn’t care very much about her because of this. But as the story takes a darker turn, my opinion towards her changed and I was completely on her side for the rest of the book.

I really felt frustration quite a few times as I was reading and this was down to Elle Croft’s brilliant characters who kept me gripped, there was a time when I actually shouted with anger when one revelation dropped. I was questioning the possible motives of every character in the book, and this was what made the novel so enjoyable. I wanted to work out the answers, I wanted to know why this was happening to Bethany and who could be behind the terrible events that were taking place. And Elle Croft delivered a satisfying but very chilling ending.

After reading her first novel, I’m now excited to read her next. The Guilty Wife is a taut and a very well plotted psychological thriller that has many secrets to keep the reader enthralled. I have absolutely no hesitation in giving it five stars.

Publisher: Orion

Publication date: 1st December 2017

Print length: 321 pages

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