Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Books Read: Lucy Dawson - Little Sister

In the dead of night, Kate receives a phone call. Police have recovered her sister Anya's clothes and personal belongings by the poolside of a remote hideaway in Mexico - a place she had no idea Anya would be. Anya was last seen getting into a vehicle with a local diving instructor but now he's missing too.

Their relationship has been complicated ever since a devastating tragedy blew their family apart, but Kate cannot believe Anya would willingly travel somewhere so isolated with a man she barely knows . . . would she?   In a race against time, Kate must fight to find her little sister before it's too late.

When Kate is woken by a phone call in the middle of the night from Mexico to say that her sister Anya is missing, presumed dead, she's confused as as she didn't even know even know Anya was in Mexico!

But the one thing that Kate is convinced of is that Anya is still alive somewhere as she's an accomplished diver, despite what the evidence is pointing to, but how can she help her from the other side of the world especially when she has a newborn baby son to look after.

It's clear from the start that Kate and Anya have a strained relationship and as the story progresses we learn more about the events that led to the tragic death of their younger sister Emily which tore their whole family apart.

However, despite everything family is still extremely important to Kate, especially now she has one of her own, so she's determined to do whatever it takes to make people listen to her in the search for Anya. 

The story is narrated from the points of views of both sisters alternating between Kate's fears back in England and Anya's struggles in Mexico.   The descriptive writing of Anya's diving experience was extremely vivid and realistic, having been caving once many years ago, I could almost picture the scene as if I was there myself so Lucy Dawson has obviously done her research well or been caving herself.

I have to confess though that I thought there was going to be a little more behind Anya's disappearance than there actually was but despite this I'm definitely glad that I read this book.

Thank you Little Brown Book Group for sending me a copy of Little Sister to review.

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