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. 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?
I read Elle’s previous book in one seating and this book was no different, with complex and intriguing characters, this cleverly written tale of social media, murders and hypnosis was a chilling read.
The story is seen through the narrative of brother and sister Ryan and Gina, who have had a complicated relationship since their sister died suddenly. Gina was cast out from the family and tentatively comes back into Ryan’s life when she needs someone to live. Now, a struggling PA, she longs to return to her roots as a journalist but is unable to get a promotion in her current job. Until one evening, when walking home from work she finds a woman dead in an alleyway.
Seizing it as an opportunity to revive her career, she decides to report it from Facebook Live.
Taking this bold move, leaves her one of Britain’s most hated women as people accuse her of playing on the poor victims death and she finds herself the victim of trolls as well as being the potentially the next victim as she receives threatening messages from the killer.
The story travels at a fast pace and having different narratives gives an clever insights into the siblings as Ryan can’t get over his sister’s death and is convinced that he’s going mad when he sees her it every opportunity. There’s also a perspective from their mother growing up leading up to their sister’s death, which does make for chilling reading at times and really sets the tone of the story.
A suspenseful tale that literally does make the reader shocked, ‘The Other Sister’ is a dark and twisted tale with an ending that will leave the reader in turmoil.
You can pre-order The Other Sister from Amazon and will be available to buy from good bookshops from 18th October 2018.