Book Review: The Wicked Sister by Karen Dionne

A sinister, suspenseful and gripping read!

I received this advanced copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Wicked Sister by Karen Dionne
241 Pages
Pub Date 4th August

For a decade and a half, Rachel Cunningham has chosen to lock herself away in a psychiatric facility, tortured by gaps in her memory and the certainty that she is responsible for her parents’ deaths. But when she learns new details about their murders, Rachel returns, in a quest for answers, to the place where she once felt safest: her family’s sprawling log cabin in the remote forests of Michigan.

As Rachel begins to uncover what really happened on the day her parents were murdered, she learns – as her mother did years earlier – that home can be a place of unspeakable evil, and that the bond she shares with her sister might be the most poisonous of all.

3.5 / 5

I wasn’t sure where this book was going to go as it starts off with Rachel who is in a Mental Hospital until she discovers she might not have killed her parents so discharges herself and goes home. That felt far too easy to leave the facility suddenly.

The book was told from two perspectives, Rachel’s in the present and Jenny (Rachel’s mum) who retells the past about growing up with Rachel and her sister Dianna. You find out pretty early on from Jenny’s chapters that Dianna is diagnosed as a Psychopath, which was interesting but I kind of guessed from that point that this must be the ‘wicked sister’ and she probably killed the parents.

Jenny’s chapters were my favourite parts of the book though, it was fascinating to hear the back story of the sisters growing up together and each time reading about Dianna doing something ‘wicked’. It had me anxious at times as you never knew what Dianna was about to do. I loved the suspense of it.

It’s set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and the book describes the house as a magnificent log cabin surrounded by forest and lake – it sounded beautiful. I actually googled it to see some pictures and it really is quite magical. There is a lot of talk about bears in the book as Rachel can seem to be able to communicate with the animals which I wasn’t too sure of.

Overall it was a great read with suspenseful moments and left me with a knot in my stomach at times. As mentioned I did guess the ending near the beginning of the book but it didn’t matter too much as there was still a little twist near the end.

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