After sixteen years apart Jessica and Emily are reunited. With the past now behind them, the warmth they once shared quickly returns and before long Jess has moved into Emily's comfortable island home. Life couldn't be better. But when baby Daisy disappears while in Jess's care, the perfect life Emily has so carefully built starts to fall apart.
Was Emily right to trust her sister after everything that happened before?
Little Sister is the first book by Isabel Ashdown which I have read. I have seen this book a lot on social media and I couldn’t wait to start reading it. Set in the Isle of Wight, Isabel tells the story of a family whose life is ripped apart when their young daughter Daisy goes missing.
When Emily and James return home from a night out at a party on New Year’s Eve, their world is turned upside down when they discover that their daughter, Daisy is missing. Emily’s sister, Jess was babysitting for the night and is distraught to learn that Daisy disappeared in her care. Jess’s memory of that night, before Emily and James returned home is patchy. What happened in those missing hours that she struggles to put together? What happened to Daisy and where is she now?
This is a powerful novel by Isabel Ashdown. Isabel deals with the trauma of a family in the wake of a tragedy in her latest novel and she does this incredibly well, particularly when she explores Emily’s trauma after losing her daughter. I also thought that Isabel painted the scenery really well. I last went to the Isle of Wight eleven years ago on a school trip and reading Little Sister brought all the memories back. It’s a place I’ve always wanted to go back to.
I thought that Isabel explored the relationship between Emily and Jess brilliantly and I found it interesting to learn about their past and how it has affected them in the future. She delivers a brilliant ending to this book. I won’t say too much more about the plot here but the direction the book takes really will take you by surprise. There are some shocking revelations in this book and one twist in particular made my jaw drop open, only a small handful of books have been able to do that.
Isabel hooks her reader from the first page, I was quickly absorbed by the story and it didn’t take me long to finish. A real page turner, I can’t wait to see what Isabel does next.
Publication date: 27th April 2017
Print length: 384 pages
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