Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting the newest instalment to my “Top Shelf Spotlight” series – ‘The Sea Sisters’ by Lucy Clarke. You can find the other posts in the series here. In this series, I will be focusing on one book in particular that has made my “top shelf/favourites” bookshelf. I’ll be giving you some information on the book, as well as sharing some of my personal thoughts on the novel. I hope you enjoy this new series, and please leave any feedback below, including any other posts or series you’d like to see on my blog! So, here goes…
The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke.
Two sisters, one life-changing journey…
There are some currents in the relationship between sisters that run so dark and so deep, it’s better for the people swimming on the surface never to know what’s beneath . . .
Katie’s carefully structured world is shattered by the news that her headstrong younger sister, Mia, has been found dead in Bali – and the police claim it was suicide.
With only the entries of Mia’s travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister’s life, and – page by page, country by country – begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death.
What she discovers changes everything. But will her search for the truth push their sisterly bond – and Katie – to breaking point?
I remember reading ‘The Sea Sisters’ a couple of years ago while I was on holiday skiing – I couldn’t put it down! Lucy Clarke is a fantastic author who writes very accessible Psychological Thrillers/Mystery novels.
About the Author
Lucy Clarke is the author of four novels: ‘The Sea Sisters’, ‘A Single Breath’, ‘The Blue’ and ‘Last Seen’. She spends her winters travelling and her summers at home on the south coast of England.
About the Book
Release Date: May 2013
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Mystery, Suspense.
Average Goodreads rating: 3.91
Author’s other works: ‘A Single Breath’ (2014), ‘The Blue’ (2015) and ‘Last Seen’ (2017).
Themes explored: Suicide, mental illness, death.
Favourite character/narrator: Katie!
What I liked/overall standout elements:
- The narrative is told in a simplistic way, but it is still very effective. The novel is narrated from the third-person, switching between the perspectives of Katie and Mia. Both perspectives are very well-written and very detailed, giving the reader a holistic insight into the characters’ lives.
- The book is made up of two consecutive narratives – one taking place in the present day, and one taking place in the past. The present day narrative gives the reader an insight to Katie’s grief at losing her sister, and the flashbacks gives the reader an insight into Mia and Katie’s previous lives.
- Katie is an extremely realistic and likeable character. She’s kind-hearted and genuinely lovely, and is riddled with grief and regret following her sister’s death. She takes on the role of an investigator, determined to get to the bottom of what happened to Mia. She’s an excellently-written character.
- The novel explores the themes of mental illness and suicide. These are both difficult issues to address, but Clarke does so with appropriate sensitivity and without going into too much detail.
- Although it addresses some adult themes, overall this novel is quite a light read, in the sense that the subject matter never really gets very dark. It’s easy to read and not too taxing, but Clarke’s writing style is still fantastic and truly hooks in the reader. It’s a very accessible psychological thriller novel.
- There are many thriller elements employed throughout the novel, such as increasing tension and suspense, mystery surrounding Mia’s death, lots of twists and turns, and an almighty climax.
- There’s a fantastic end scene in which the reader learns the truth about Mia’s death. It’s shocking and dramatic, and I could never have predicted the book to end in that way. The resolution to the book was really great.
Happy reading 🙂