From debut author Michelle Adams comes a novel of psychological suspense, where a woman returns to her family's home to learn the truth and escape her sister's influence.
If you knew my sister, you’d run too…
First there was the Robert Kneel incident.
Then what happened to Margot Wolfe.
And now she’s found me again.
Dr. Irini Harringford was given away by her parents just before her fourth birthday. Although she has spent her whole life trying to convince herself she doesn't need them, deep down Irini longs to understand why she was abandoned, while her parents kept her older sister, Elle.
So when Elle gets in touch with news that their mother has died, Irini reluctantly agrees to return to the family home. But she is ill at ease. She and Elle are not close. Irini knows only too well what Elle is capable of. Inexplicably drawn to her enigmatic sister, yet terrified of the sway she holds, Irini tries to protect herself even as she is sucked back into her family's toxic web of secrets...and soon realizes that the past is more complicated than she imagined, and that her very future rests upon discovering the truth about why she was really given away.
Irini Harringford, the socially awkward narrator of British author Adams's uneven psychological thriller, lives a life scarred by abandonment. Her parents sent her away at the age of three to live with an aunt who resented her while her seven-year-old sister, Elle, remained at home in Scotland. Defying her parents, Elle seeks out Irini. At their first reunion, Elle rescues Irini, then 13, from a schoolyard bully and viciously attacks him. As the years pass, Elle's visits result in ever more frightening episodes. Irini tries to hide from Elle, until Elle calls to summon her home for their mother's funeral. Fearful of what will happen, Irini reluctantly returns to Scotland. Shortly after her arrival, their father dies and Elle disappears. Irini is the primary suspect in a frame-up that Irini recognizes as her sister's handiwork. Irini must unravel her past if she's to escape Elle's trap. Adams fills her dark story with plenty of twists, but the plot falls apart with tacked-on events as it nears its conclusion.