WHAT MY SISTER KNEW
There’s no sophomore slump here; Laurin’s riveting second novel is full of unexpected twists and dark turns. The use of the story-within-a-story device allows readers a unique perspective on the events surrounding the horrific fire that claimed Addie’s parents and left her permanently scarred, almost feeling like a documentary that plays in the background. On the other hand, the car accident that opens the story skillfully acts to muddle both Addie’s own narration and the reader’s subsequently limited point of view. Each of the players in this drama has a role that may or may not be as it first appears, every new layer adds to the complexity of the plot and the psychology behind it — culminating in a stunning resolution. It lags a bit in the middle but overall, from start to finish, this is a read you won’t want to put down!
When a traumatic car accident lands Addie in the ER, she can’t shake the feeling that everyone is hiding something from her. Her adoptive mother, Cynthia, her sort-of-ex fiancé, Milton, even the nurses who are treating her. The horde of reporters outside Cynthia’s home, where Addie has gone to recover, doesn’t ease her worries either. Did Addie hit and kill the man she thought she saw on the side of the road before her accident? But when she finally turns on a TV, she is stunned to see her twin brother’s face staring back at her — a brother now fifteen years older since he pulled her to safety out of the fire that killed their parents, the fire he went to prison for starting. Why is Eli back in the news? What has he done now? What will he do next? (GRAND CENTRAL, Jun., 384 pp., $14.99)