What My Sister Knew

What My Sister Knew

by Nina Laurin


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From the author of Girl Last Seen comes a psychological thriller that delivers Nina Laurin's signature "heart-stopping" suspense (Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author).

"...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?

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ISBN-13: 9780594901686
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 06/19/2018
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 10,065
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nina Laurin studied Creative Writing at Concordia University in Montreal, where she currently lives. She arrived there when she was just twelve years old, and she speaks and reads in Russian, French, and English but writes her novels in English. She wrote her first novel while getting her writing degree, and Girl Last Seen was a bestseller a year later in 2017. The follow-up, What My Sister Knew, came out in summer 2018 to critical acclaim. Nina is fascinated by the darker side of mundane things, and she's always on the lookout for her next twisted book idea. She blogs about books and writing on her own site, thrillerina.wordpress.com.

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What My Sister Knew 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A set of twins, a boy and a girl. There are secrets old and new. There are questions and maybe they will get answered. I loved this book. I love when a book's purpose is to make me question if the narrator is reliable or not. I wondered off and on if I thought that Andrew was "the good twin" and if she was not at fault for anything at all. Of course, I will not divulge anything, but I loved how the whole twin part of the book went down. The other major part of the book in my opinion was the concept of your sins of your past still not being settled. I loved how the secrets, the lies and the drama from the past kept coming up and nothing would get resolved until all of it came out into the open.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recommend it to be bought !
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This was well written and had a good plot. Maybe a tad predictable but still worth it!
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SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
What My Sister Knew by Nina Lauri is a highly recommended psychological thriller. Andrea "Addie" Warren has just been in a car accident and the circumstances surrounded it are all hazy. Did she really see a man by the side of the road? At the hospital, her foster mother shows up to take Addie to her home, not Addie's, and it becomes clear that something else is going on, something Addie doesn't have a clue about. At her foster mothers she manages to catch a TV news clip and sees that her twin brother, Eli, is back in the news. What did Eli do this time? Eli killed their mother and stepfather by burning down their house fifteen years ago, when they were both twelve. He was locked up, and when he was finally released it was under the condition that he does not contact Addie. A sensational book was written about the horrific crime so Eli's name is relatively well known. Now a woman has been found murdered in his apartment and the police are searching for him. Naturally, they are interested in talking to Addie too. The narrative switches between current events and the past. Included before some chapters are excerpts from the true crime book written about Eli. These excerpts along with Addie's recollections about her childhood help create a picture of the childhood of the twins before the murder. We also learn about Addie's current life and the struggles she has been trying to overcome. Do the twins really have a connection, as the police suspect? The writing is quite good and Laurin provides some twists and surprises along the way. Perhaps you will guess the twists, but, honestly, it's my opinion that Laurin wants you to fear Eli is back to torment Addie. Why else would she have Addie see a mysterious figure during the car crash right at the opening? Laurin does spend some time developing her characters, especially Addie, which adds a depth to the novel and helps intensify the suspense. This is a satisfying, albeit somewhat disturbing, thriller. Addie's scrambling in the middle might go on a tad too long, but, ultimately, What My Sister Knew held my attention and the ending was satisfying. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Grand Central Publishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andrea wakes up in the hospital after crashing her car. She remembers seeing a man in the road ahead of her covered in blood. Her boyfriend, Milt, comes to the hospital and wants to care for her. He knows she has had a rough time in life. Andrea’s adoptive mother, Cynthia, arrives at the hospital to take her home instead of letting Andrea goes home to her own place. Cynthia believes that Andrea has just pulled more of her shenanigans again. Andrea’s adoptive parents are divorced but Cynthia has a nice home. The woman’s biological daughter hates Andrea and wants her to go to her own place. Soon, Andrea finds the media is after her because her brother, Eli, is wanted for killing someone. Andrea and Eli are twins born in 1990. Their mother is Cassie. After suffering physical abuse by her husband, she got away from him and managed to raise the twins with the little money she made from minimum wage jobs. She married a man named Sergio and had a nice home until tragedy struck. When the twins were 12, their parents died in a house fire and Andrea was severely burned. It is believed that Eli set the fire and he served time in prison. Now that he is out of prison and wanted for another murder, the police want Andrea to stay protected because they think Eli may kill her too. But can she stay away from her twin brother even with his past? This story is very gritty and dark. I felt like I knew what the ending would be and I was right. Unfortunately, the trip from the beginning to the end of this book was a difficult and sad read. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.