The Resource Her sister's lie, Debbie Howells

Her sister's lie, Debbie Howells

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Her sister's lie
Title
Her sister's lie
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Debbie Howells
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Her sisters lie
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eng
Summary
In this riveting psychological thriller, the international bestselling author of The Bones of You weaves a compulsive story about one woman's death and the web of duplicity and fractured relationships that unravels around it ... Remember the script. Sisters look out for each other. It's been ten years since Hannah Roscoe saw her older sister, but that distance fades to nothing when she receives a call from the police saying Nina is dead. As a teenager, desperate to leave home and make her career in music, Hannah moved into Nina's cottage in the English countryside. In that secluded setting, Nina was trying to give her children the freedom that she and Hannah never knew growing up. Now Nina is gone, and Hannah is left to care for her young nephew, Abe, who's remote and moody in the wake of his loss. But worse is to come, as Nina's death, first ruled an accident, becomes a murder investigation. Hannah is drawn back into her past, forced to confront the ghosts of their unhappy childhood and the reasons she and Nina finally drifted apart. Nina's dream of creating an idyllic existence didn't quite work out for her two older children, Summer and Jude. As for Abe, Hannah suspects he's hiding something, but whom is he trying to protect? Through it all, Hannah can't shake the feeling that someone else knows all about the secrets she and Nina shared--and the ones they kept hidden, even from each other. Perhaps Nina's death is not a tragic ending after all, but the beginning of a new and twisted nightmare ..
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  • Music teacher Hannah Roscoe, the narrator of this nail-biter from British author Howells (Part of the Silence), is dismayed to learn that her sister, Nina Tyrell, from whom she has been estranged for 10 years, has died in London, leaving Hannah as next of kin to raise Nina’s sullen, uncommunicative 15-year-old son, Abe. The responsibility weighs especially heavy on Hannah, because she’s reeling from a recent breakup with her boyfriend, Matt Elliot, who precipitously left her without explanation. After Abe relocates from London to Hannah’s village in the New Forest, disturbing things happen: a strange woman starts asking about Hannah in the village and tells people about her breakup with Matt; she hears someone outside her home, but when she looks no one is there; and several students who come to her for music lessons suddenly quit. When Nina’s death is ruled a homicide, the murder investigation threatens to reveal a dark secret the sisters shared for years, putting Hannah in serious danger. Fans of psychological thrillers will be rewarded. Agent: Juliet Mushens, Agency Group (U.K.). (Aug.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 06/25/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 26, p)
  • In this edgy novel of shifting perspectives, a family learns that keeping secrets can be even more damaging than surviving generations of drugs and abuse. When we first meet Hannah, she's alone in her cottage in the British countryside, consoling herself with a glass of wine after breaking up with boyfriend Matt, when she gets a phone call. It's a London police officer telling her that her sister, Nina, whom she hasn't seen in a decade, has been found dead. Worse, Nina was found by her 15-year-old son, Abe, who has no one to take him in. Hannah drives to London in a daze and returns to her cottage with a sullen, silent Abe. A tense situation is made worse when strange things start to happen, such as pictures being moved in Hannah's cottage and strange people appearing in her isolated village, calling her by name. As Hannah's narrative progresses, she becomes more uncertain of everything. So does the reader, but that is certainly Howells' intent. When the London police delve further into Nina's death, it's not only Hannah's drinking that causes them, and other people, to question everything about Hannah's life. Her troubled past and her relationship with Nina are revealed not only by Hannah's narration, but by other characters via letters, a technique used here with mixed success. While this novel relies on plot turns that may not surprise seasoned readers of suspense, its kaleidoscopelike turns provide enough interest for a satisfying read. (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2018)
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10687429
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Howells, Debbie
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
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fiction
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  • Sisters
  • Murder
  • Family secrets
  • Family secrets
  • Murder
  • Sisters
  • FICTION / Thrillers / Crime
  • FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological
  • FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
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Her sister's lie, Debbie Howells
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on1010775516
Dimensions
22 cm
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First Kensington hardcover edition.
Extent
282 pages
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9781496706935
Lccn
2018932848
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(OCoLC)1010775516
Label
Her sister's lie, Debbie Howells
Publication
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
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on1010775516
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First Kensington hardcover edition.
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9781496706935
Lccn
2018932848
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)1010775516

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