Blog Tour stop for this outstanding, devastating and gripping read
"Three little girls missing. One family torn 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 these three sisters were taken. What came after they disappeared was far worse. It should have brought them together, but how can a family ever recover? Especially when not everyone is telling the truth . . .
The Stolen Sisters is a psychological thriller about three sisters and a decades-old secret that someone is threatening to reveal. Full of twists, turns and shocking revelations, this is Louise’s best book yet
The opportunity to take part in this Blog Tour came about surprisingly after I and already read this book, I was lucky enough to be selected to read early by Netgalley and The Stolen Sisters joined me on my trip down to Sussex for a haven break with my family.
The perfect read I thought for some long hours in the car, and I was not wrong! I could not stop reading and ended up sat up late in the caravan flying through the final chapters, as I knew I could not sleep till I knew the outcome!
Now priding myself on been a #NoSpoilers reviewer but also been blessed with a mouth like a fog horn!!!, this read left me with the quandary of wanting to shout from the roof tops about it and yet not wanting to spoil the story, so my holiday brain kicked into gear and I posted in my Instagram and little Emoji review....
...luckily for me Louise Jenson the author loved it!
and as they say the rest is history, Louise and HQstories invited me on to this tour and I was thrilled as I get to sing this books praises all over again in a fuller form!
In this read we meet 13 year-old Carly and her 8 year-old twin half sisters Leah and Marie Shockingly one seemingly normal day when Carly is left in charge of her siblings they are all abducted my masked men, off the street they live in, in broad day light.
The missing Sinclair sisters become famous as there plight touches the hearts of the world, we are with them as the are locked away and make the plan to escape, in the end the girls are able to escape their abductors but are all left with lasting psychological damage, each struggles with fear, anxiety and each have there own way of dealing with the past.
but they can never forget what happened, as the world took the Sinclair Sisters story in to there hearts, the sisters themselves are never able to move on, each anniversary, each year the past is racked over again by the media and the girls "fans" the crazy's are out and the girls now women feel the events of there childhood effecting every element of their adult lives.
Now 20 years on the milestone 20th anniversary of their abduction is edging closer and each sister is struggling.
Carly has never forgiven herself for what happened that day, you understand her 13 year old self hating babysitting the twins and the heartache she now has about not been able to protect them.
Leah thinks that she has been followed and is convinced it is one of the men coming back for revenge she worries more now as she is the only sister to have a family her husband and her son Archie mean the world to her and as she battles her own mental health struggles with OCD she will do anything to keep the safe, and Marie is stuck, her carer as a actress has stalled due to her alcohol and drug use.
As the anniversary looms large, events play out that mean the Sisters are forced to confront there past and the heart-wrenching and devastating secrets that remain hidden. What if everything you thought was wrong? what if the truth was even worse than the lie you are living? would you want to know?
I honestly can say no more as this plot is so intrinsically woven that to say more would give plot points away! I would say be warned this is not the read you will think it is for the blurb you know the girls survive as we are seeing them 20 years on but you are not prepared for the events and how they have effected each of these women.
Split in to 2 parts the past and present and each chapter focusing in the point of view of each sister and Leah's husband, the whole read had the undercurrent of tension and almost red herrings just as I thought I had something worked out the author throws in a twist that just blows you away!
By the end of part 1 I almost needed a drink just to calm down! (thank you Leicester forest services for the brew, but could of used something stronger!) by the finale I was in floods of tears and almost breathless, the pace and the frantic and heartbreaking, emotional events honestly just broke me! and left me with the huge book hangover that lead to my emoji review.
because in the end it look emojis to express the range of emotions I felt during this story, I was so invested in the sisters lives that each set back each revelation I felt and that is testament to Louise Jensen's writing.
This is the book that cements Louise Jensen as a master in this genre, as always I cannot wait for the next but this is one of my reads of the year and its going to take something outstanding to top it but knowing this author she will!
Louise Jensen is a global No.1 bestselling author of psychological thrillers. Louise has sold over a million English language books and her novels have been sold for translation to twenty-five territories, as well as being featured on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers’ lists.
Louise was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award and The Guardian’s Not the Booker 2018. The Gift has been optioned for TV and film.
Thank you to the Publisher and Author for sending me an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of this novel and for the opportunity to review these works.
All reviews are my own unbiased opinion.