The Liar's Sister by Sarah A. Denzil
eBook review copy; 276 pages
The Liar's Sister by Sarah A. Denzil is a recommended mystery featuring two sisters.
Heather is back in the village of Buckthorpe helping her dying mother
during her final days. Now that the end is near, her mother is asking
for Heather's older sister, Rosie. The problem is that Heather and Rosie
have not spoken to each other for years, not since Rosie's addictions
resulted in her passing out at their father's funeral. But even more
troubling is that Heather is sure that ten years ago Rosie killed their
neighbor boy, Samuel Murray, who was also Heather's first love. When
Rosie responds to Heather, it seems that she is now sober and straight.
Rosie quickly travels to Buckthorpe to say good-bye to their mother.
But the drama for the two sisters is just beginning, especially when the
town constable is telling them to sell and leave, their home is robbed,
and a threatening note makes it clear that the whole village may be
The chapters alternate between the points-of-view of Heather and
Rosie, and covers events and the secrets they are both keeping, from the
present and the past. While presented as a psychological thriller, this
is really more of a mystery about what happened ten years earlier, when
Samuel disappeared, and uncovering the truth about who is currently
threatening them. While there are plenty of secrets, there really is no
heart-pounding action until the final denouement. Some of the ending
reveal you will have predicted, but there will be a few surprising
The Liar's Sister is a quick, entertaining read, though, and
Denzil does a good job with the setting and the sister's strained
relationship. She also includes interesting little tidbits of
information that will help you deduce some of what is going on.
My review copy was courtesy of Bookouture.