Title: Little Sister
Author: Gytha Lodge
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Publication Date: 28th April 2022
A teenage girl wanders out of the woods.
She’s striking, with flame-red hair and a pale complexion. She’s also covered in blood.
Detective Jonah Sheens quickly discovers that Keely and her sister, Nina, disappeared from a children’s home a week ago. Now, Keely is here – but Nina’s still missing.
Keely knows where her sister is – but before she tells, she wants Jonah’s full attention . . .
Is she killer, witness, or victim?
And will Jonah find out what Keely’s hiding, in time to save Nina?
Little Sister is actually the fourth instalment in the Detective Jonah Sheen series, however I haven’t read the previous books and it didn’t restrict my enjoyment of Little Sister in any way. It can definitely be read as a stand-alone although I will definitely be buying the first three books and reading them because Gytha Lodge has absolutely got a new superfan in me! Little Sister begins with Jonah Sheen enjoying a day off with his baby daughter. His down time is ruined however when a teenage girl with striking red hair comes wandering out of the woods covered in blood. This girl is Keely Lennox who went missing with her sister from their care home a few days earlier. The question now is – where is her sister, Nina?
I absolutely flew through this book – desperate to understand what was really going on with the Lennox sisters. The pacing is fantastic with the plot both propulsive and yet also knowing exactly when to slow things down and take a breath. The characters are brilliant, especially the enigmatic and complex Keely. I don’t want to give away any of the clever twists and turns the story takes because there is a real satisfaction in how everything slowly reveals and unravels itself but I will say that nothing is quite as clear cut as it seems. Little Sister is compelling, thought provoking, intelligent and completely gripping from start to finish. Highly recommended!
Thank you to Kallie at Penguin Michael Joseph for the blog tour invite and for the lovely hardback copy of the book. My review is entirely my own honest opinion.
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