Author : Kerry Wilkinson
Pages : 350
Publisher : Bookouture
Publication date : June 23, 2017
They told us he had been missing for nearly two days, that he probably drowned. They told us a lie.
Megan was ten years old when her older brother, Zac, went missing among the cliffs, caves and beaches that surround the small seaside town of Whitecliff.
A decade later and a car crash has claimed the lives of her parents.
Megan and her younger sister Chloe return to Whitecliff one summer for the first time since their brother’s disappearance. Megan says it’s to get her parents’ affairs in order. There are boxes to pack, junk to clear, a rundown cottage to sell. But that’s not the real reason.
Megan has come to confront her family’s past after receiving a postcard on the day of her parents’ funeral. It had a photograph of Whitecliff on the front and a single letter on the back.
‘Z’ is all it read.
Z for Zac.
Ten years ago, Megan’s brother Zac goes missing in the seaside town of Whitecliff. He was never found. Now, after losing their parents in a car accident, Megan and her sister, Chloe, head back to Whitecliff for the first time in a decade. Supposedly to get their parents’ affairs in order but Megan has other plans. She has come for answers. In such a small community, surely someone must know what happened to Zac all those years ago.
Now, Whitecliff. Sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? Well, you’d be wrong. It is the creepiest of creepy villages ever. On the surface, it all looks normal but underneath there’s something bubbling that’s just not quite right and the author does a brilliant job in creating that slightly eery atmosphere. It’s that feeling you get when you know something’s coming but you don’t know what.
Two Sisters has a slow-burning and intense plot with a host of incredibly well developed and realistic characters. It took me a while to get into this book. The pace was a bit too slow for me at the start but that didn’t mean I wasn’t gripped. Obviously, I too wanted to know what happened to Zac all those years ago and while I had an idea of some of the things going on in the village, I couldn’t figure out how these events were connected.
Megan isn’t the most likeable character ever. She’s flawed, complex and has a lot of issues. But I could totally sympathise with her and I admired her dogged determination to find out the truth. There are a lot of skeletons in various closets and of course there are twists and turns. Although some I felt were a tad predictable, there were also some I didn’t see coming at all.
This is my first introduction to Kerry Wilkinson. I know, I know! Where the heck have I been, right? But it definitely won’t be my last!
Many thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for my advanced copy, which I chose to review honestly.
Two Sisters will be published on June 23rd.