FICTION

The Forgotten Sister

Graydon House. Nov. 2020. 384p. ISBN 9781525809958. pap. $17.99. F
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In 1560 Amy Robsart, unhappily wed to Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester and favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, died at 28 under mysterious circumstances. In 2010, 17-year-old former child star and musician Lizzie Kingdom attended the wedding of Dudley Lester to Amelia Robsart. Dudley could be trouble, but he was also Lizzie’s best friend from her earliest days in the business, and Amelia resents that bond. In 2020, after filing for divorce from her husband, 28-year-old Amelia also dies mysteriously. Lizzie is a potential suspect. When she’s forced to withdraw from the public eye after a scandal, it seems her life is over. But she discovers that her ability to read the energy of objects might help untangle terrible secrets dating back to Tudor times. In Cornick’s (The Woman in the Lake) novel, the two periods are woven together, with moments in each story line supporting the past and present. Historical events and people are depicted authentically, and the contemporary action features a relatable pop culture setting. Mystical elements, including some time travel, ghostly presences, and Lizzie’s gifts, add to the atmosphere.
VERDICT Amateur sleuth fans, historical fiction readers, devotees of Kate Morton and Kate Atkinson, or readers looking for an engaging escape to a fictional world should pick up this one.

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