When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her.
Megan believes Chloe is a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel and lacking in empathy.
Why does Chloe want to taunt Megan at every opportunity? And why does she persist in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly?
When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world falls apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…
A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her own flesh and blood.
Firstly I need to thank the author Maggie James, publisher Bloodhound books and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC copy of sister, psychopath in return for an honest review.
Let’s face it, when reading a psychological suspense novel you want shed loads of suspense! You also anticipate feeling nervous, tense and filled with anxiety. You’d like to be wrong footed to! Have the writer, in this case Maggie James, trick you into making an assumption about where the story is headed and who her characters really are!
Luckily for readers these elements are in plentiful supply in this her new bestselling novel! Your constantly wrong footed, worried at all times for those characters you have come to care about. The story is built up like bricks being used to build a wall, or the intricate pieces of a puzzle that only when it’s completed is the real story revealed to you.
Character development has been invested in, so you get to know Megan and Chloe and why they seem to dislike each other so much. Then Maggie James takes what we think we know to tease us, to make us question our assumptions. You never quite know if you are right about any of the characters in this story, from page one right on and into the conclusion. Perfect in the way she manages to make you invest in characters, even horrible questionable people like Chloe! She is a utter cow to those around her and you want to pay for her actions, and you really do find yourself disliking her.
It’s edgy and full of tension and leaves you feeling like the investment you made in the story was not only worthwhile, but repaid in spade loads by an author, who clearly wants the reader to enjoy every single moment of the story. She knows that readers don’t want a straight forward story, they want to be thrilled so she thrills them.
You will think about the ending for days after. It’s fun to read and will teach you that people aren’t always who you think they are. Don’t ever trust a talented author to give you the ending you want, that’s her not her job. Her job is to tell you a story and make while you take her story and make it your own. Each of you will take something different from this story, but all will be thrilled, shocked and manipulated by the author and her array of fascinating characters.
Sister psychopath can be purchased from Amazon
Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.
Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!
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