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…
Three sisters – twins Leah and Marie – and Carly, the ‘odd one out’. Same mother, different fathers. But always together, looking out for one another until that terrible day. The day they were taken. The day they were kidnapped.
Twenty years later and they can’t forget, forgive or let go. But then who would under the circumstances? Marie is an actress who drinks too much. Drinks to forget? If so, it doesn’t work. It never does. Leah has an OCD about germs. She wears gloves, uses her own mug when she visits others or goes to a cafe, has been sectioned once and her husband George can’t cope with a relapse. But they have a 4 year old son called Archie and she must help herself before she loses them both. Leah is also terrified of seeing one of her captors – she sees him everywhere. Terrified he will take Archie. She is on the edge.
Then there’s Carly. She was thirteen when they were stolen – the twins were only eight. Carly had to protect them. She sacrificed herself to keep them safe. I loved Carly the best. Brave and fiercely loyal. I have to admit that I occasionally struggled with Leah’s OCD. I know I shouldn’t but I kept thinking of little Archie (my mother suffered with chronic anxiety, agoraphobia and a fear of killing herself). It left me with fears I didn’t understand. I was desperate for Leah to get help before Archie became afraid of everything around him.
This book is so well thought out. Every stave (this is how we read with The Pigeonhole – a stave a day for 10 days) ended with a cliffhanger. About half way through I even tried to buy it on Amazon but it wasn’t yet published. I’d have finished it in one go. I can’t pretend there weren’t occasionally things I would have wanted to turn out differently, but that’s just me. A fabulous, scary, suspenseful read. Brilliant! Oh and I cried but I’m not telling you when.
Many thanks to The Pigeonhole, my fellow Pigeons and the author for making this such an enjoyable read.
About the Author
Louise Jensen has sold over a million English language copies of her International No. 1 psychological thrillers The Sister, The Gift, The Surrogate, The Date and The Family. Her novels have also been translated into twenty-five languages, as well as featuring on the USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestseller’s List. Louise’s sixth thriller, The Stolen Sisters, was published in Autumn 2020 by Harper Collins.
The Sister was nominated for the Goodreads Debut Author of 2016 Award. The Date was nominated for The Guardian’s ‘Not The Booker’ Prize 2018. The Surrogate has been nominated for the best Polish thriller of 2018. The Gift has been optioned for a TV film. The Family was a Fern Britton Bookclub pick.
Louise also has a penchant for exploring the intricacies of relationships through writing heart-breaking, high-concept love stories under the pen name Amelia Henley. Her romantic debut, The Life We Almost Had is out now.
Louise lives with her husband, children, madcap dog and a rather naughty cat in Northamptonshire. She loves to hear from readers and writers.