Book Review – The Second Sister (spoiler free!)



It is ten years since Ella’s sister Miranda disappeared without trace, leaving her young baby behind. Chilling new evidence links Miranda to the horrifying Jason Thorne, now in prison for murdering several women. Is it possible that Miranda knew him?

At thirty, Miranda’s age when she vanished, Ella looks uncannily like the sister she idolized. What holds Ella together is her love for her sister’s child and her work as a self-defence expert helping victims.

Haunted by the possibility that Thorne took Miranda, and driven by her nephew’s longing to know about his mother, Ella will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth – no matter how dangerous…


I love Thrillers, it’s one of my favourite genres. However, it is rather rare that I find one that I can’t put down. In the last year, the only ones like this are Local Girl Missing and The Second Sister.

This psychological Thriller had me hooked from the first few chapters. I was constantly questioning what happened to Miranda, and who might’ve been involved in her disappearance. There are twists that had me holding my breath in anticipation and that genuinely scared me a little, the night after I finished the book I stayed awake for an extra hour or so just thinking about the ending!

I think that Claire Kendal represents the love between two sisters extremely well, and shows how hope can keep you going. I loved the relationship between Ella and her nephew, Luke, and really appreciated how Ella managed to keep the memory of her sister alive for him. She went through everything she does in the plot to get closure for not only herself, but for Luke and her parents, too.

I found Ella very likeable, and there was not really anything that annoyed me about her, which is rare in any book! I loved how driven she was to discover the truth about her sister, despite the risks, and the loyalty she had toward her family. She was an extremely brave and strong character who I couldn’t help but admire, and the way Claire Kendal wrote her was brilliant.

There are some things that I found a bit annoying about the book, but I was able to over look them because I was so intrigued by the plot. I dislike it in a book when nearly all the male characters want the main female, and there was a character or two that knew something about Miranda, and I think that this was made a bit too obvious, it was screaming ‘suspicious person right here!’ It was also quite a slow burn, however, this didn’t stop me from becoming hooked, so it wasn’t really a problem.

Overall, I really did enjoy it, and I recommend it to any Thriller lover that can overlook the few minor problems mentioned above!

Four stars!


– Books&Belle xx



14 thoughts on “Book Review – The Second Sister (spoiler free!)

  1. My favourite book of all time is one where a girl is kidnapped but surprisingly I haven’t picked up a thriller since! This sounds like it’d be a perfect read to get back into that genre and you’ve sold it so well, definitely gonna be picking this one up, great post! 🙂
    Alice Xx

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