Little Sister Review
Title: Little Sister
Little Sister by Isabel Ashdown is a tale of lies, secrets, and suspicion that combine to create an enthralling mystery. It is the story of a family coping with the aftermath of a missing child and everything it entails, including fractures that were made long before the missing persons case.
The prologue is disorienting and intriguing in the best way. The book is formatted in duel pov's that only add to the overarching narrative. The author manages to artfully blend the past and present into a solid narrative.It isn't necessarily action packed, which might turn off some readers, but the author manages to make the most mundane of tasks interesting and drivers of the plot.
The only thing more interesting than the ever present mystery of the missing child, is the interpersonal relationships and conflict between the other characters. Characters in the novel aren't generically good but rather multifaceted in their own lies and secrets. They are being swallowed whole by their own guilt and regrets in the midst of tragedy. Lashing out and blame are common themes that tie all the family members together.
The authors descriptions breathe life into the characters and their actions. It's a book that takes family dysfunction and turns it into a story you can't put down. Ashdown is great at tentatively planting a seed of suspicion or doubt and leaving it there to grow and flourish. Just when you think you've grasped your bearings, the rug is pulled out from under you again. The ending is karmic and an echo of the past that just makes the reader understand the full circle in which the novel has come.