MYSTERY

The Missing Sister

Thomas & Mercer Amazon. Mar. 2020. 300p. ISBN 9781542006057. $15.95. THRILLER
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DEBUT Shayna Darby hasn’t seen twin sister Angela in three years, when she receives an email from Angela’s boyfriend Sebastian saying, “Come to Paris. Your sister is dead.” She’s immediately filled with memories and regrets. An apparent homicide, Angela’s body was found in the Seine River ten days after a mass shooting at the university, where she was pursuing a doctorate. Shayna, still reeling from the recent death of her parents, struggles to accept this new horror as she assumes the responsibility of packing up her sister’s things. But when Sebastian opens the door to Angela’s Paris apartment, Shayna immediately notices a message written in Angela’s handwriting on the whiteboard above her desk. The message is coded in a language the twins developed as children, and the meaning is loud and clear to Shayna: ALIVE. TRUST NO ONE.
VERDICT This debut thriller from Marr has a promising plotline but seems to get caught up in the details, moving at an achingly slow pace, as Angela’s thoughts are constantly broadcasted. Still, fans of suspense who enjoy elaborate descriptions and relish knowing every thought of the protagonist will appreciate.

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