From the Sunday Times No. 1 bestselling author of The Girls Who Disappeared
One lied. One died.
When one sister dies, the other must go to desperate lengths to survive
After a tragic accident, still haunted by her twin sister’s death, Abi is making a fresh start in Bath. But when she meets siblings Bea and Ben, she is quickly drawn into their privileged and unsettling circle.
When one sister lies, she must protect her secret at all costs
As Abi tries to keep up with the demands of her fickle friends, strange things start to happen – precious letters go missing and threatening messages are left in her room. Is this the work of the beautiful and capricious Bea? Or is Abi willing to go to any lengths to get attention?
When the truth outs, will either sister survive?
‘Grippingly claustrophobic and unpredictable on every page: perfect for fans of THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN’ MARIE CLAIRE
‘Humming with anxiety and friction, The Sisters keep readers guessing as to who is doing what to whom until the very end…[A] gripping psychological debut’ SHELF AWARENESS
‘Tension oozes from every page… [an] addictive read that will leave you on the edge of your seat’ THE SUN
‘Unforgettably dark and complex’ WOMAN AND HOME
‘As soon as I finished the first page, I knew I wouldn’t be able to put this down … I thoroughly enjoyed it’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
‘Written with such skill you don’t know who to believe’ SAGA
‘Get drawn into a tangled web of secrets … A dark and complex novel’ HELLO
‘A powerful emotional charge to this examination of grief’ SUNDAY MIRROR
‘The twists and turns in this outstanding psychological thriller will have you questioning what’s going on in every chapter’ FABULOUS
‘A very addictive read’ IRISH EXAMINER
‘A must-read!’ CLOSER
About the author
Claire Douglas has worked as a journalist for fifteen years writing features for women's magazines and national newspapers, but she's dreamed of being a novelist since the age of seven. She finally got her wish after winning the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award, with her first novel, THE SISTERS. She lives in Bath with her husband and two children.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Reading The Sisters is like exploring an old house where the floors creak and each nook and cranny is enticing, but also creepy. Abi Cavendish is haunted by her role in the death of her twin sister; she’s moved to Bath and shut herself away in a small, sad apartment. A chance encounter with an aspiring artist named Beatrice—who has a troublingly close relationship with her twin brother, Ben—draws Abi out of her shell. As these three characters’ lives become increasingly entwined, we raced breathlessly to figure out what exactly they’re playing at. We powered through this excellent psychological thriller, relishing the electrifying sense of unease it created.
British author Douglas's debut thriller, the winner of the Marie Claire Debut Novel Award, probes the complex emotional landscape of female friendship. Dazed with guilt and grief from the recent death of her twin sister, Lucy, Abi Cavendish moves from London to Bath and latches on to the charming, mercurial Beatrice, a stranger who resembles Lucy. Beatrice craves friendship as intensely as Abi does, quickly inviting her into the opulent Georgian house she shares with a flock of glamorous artists as well as her handsome brother, Ben. Yet the pleasures of this bohemian life and a growing flirtation with Ben sour for Abi when precious letters from her sister disappear and she becomes the target of vicious pranks. The reader flips between Bea's and Abi's perspective, each voice eliciting both sympathy and doubt. The plot sags at times, stretching credibility with a fast-arriving fleet of characters who look exactly like other characters (casting the movie will be easy), building toward a slightly overwrought ending leavened by the tang of psychological ambiguity.
Somewhat predictable. A bit slow. Only kept me interested because I wanted to know the “secret”, which to me was disappointing. Feel the book cover is misleading.