Review: What My Sister Knew

Book Title: What My Sister Knew
Author: Nina Laurin
Series: None
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime Fiction
Pub Date: 6/19/18

“…currently wanted by the police. If you know anything about the suspect’s whereabouts, please call…” I look up at the TV screen, and my twin brother’s face is splashed across it, life-size. It’s a shock that makes my breath catch. This is my brother as an adult, my brother who I last saw fifteen years ago after the fire that killed our parents, covered in soot, clutching a lighter in his hand, his knuckles stark white against the dirt and ash. Everyone always said he’d grow up to be a heartbreaker. But his face has gone gaunt instead. The stubble on his cheeks and chin is patchy, and his eyes look dull and dark. My first thought is that it’s not him. Not my beautiful brother, the golden boy who everyone loved. Yet, deep down, I’ve always known this would eventually happen. What did you do this time, Eli? What the hell did you do?



I am two for two when it comes to Nina Laurin’s books! The best way I know to describe them is as comfort reads, which I’m sure sounds a little wonky due to the fact that they are crime novels. Let me explain– you know how sometimes the reason you adore an author’s work isn’t necessarily due to the fact their stories are wildly unique or over the top flamboyant, but more because they can take a story that has been done before, a classic mystery if you will, and put their own touch on it? That’s exactly what happens for me when I read this author’s books. It’s not that this type of mystery hasn’t been done before, but that she takes these characters and writes a gripping story that I can’t seem to put down! That’s talent, my friends.

As was the case with Laurin’s first novel, Girl Last Seen, I saw where the twist was going fairly early on, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this book to the fullest. The book starts out with questions, suspense, and intrigue, and slowly builds to a bursting crescendo as we learn more about Andrea, Eli, and their family. I could feel the characters’ emotions as the story progressed, and found myself extremely curious to the inner workings of what was going on in these people’s minds. The pace is nice and kept moving by flashbacks and present day narration, which I always appreciate.

If you had a chance to read the author’s first novel and enjoyed it, I’m positive you’ll gobble up What My Sister Knew as well. It was a fast read that had me flying through the pages and entertained me for hours on end. The perfect read for a hot summer day! Recommended for popcorn thriller fans in all walks of life.

*I received a copy for review via the publisher. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


3 thoughts on “Review: What My Sister Knew”

  1. Gosh, I know what you mean about comfort reads. Donna Leon is my comfort reads author. She writes about the same characters set in Venice with a crime to solve. I know what I’m getting and I never have to worry about the protagonist dying. As a writer myself, I aspire to be Donna Leon in some ways, only for me it means living in Paris! Thanks for the thoughtful review. Cheers.

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