The Bad Sister by Kevin O’Brien
Publishing: July 28, 2020 by Kensington/Pinnacle Books
Reason I Chose to Read this Book: I have read another book by this author which I had enjoyed, and the premise of this one looked interesting.
The Bad Sister by Kevin O’Brien is a psychological thriller.
First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher, Pinnacle Books and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
Fifty years ago, Our Lady of the Cove College was the site of the Immaculate Conception Murders. It seems like history may be repeating itself.
After a rough couple of years of unwanted media attention that saw their father shot by one of the many women he had affairs with, Hannah and her half-sister Eden both received scholarships to Our Lady of the Cove. They end up living in the same bungalow, along with their roommate, heiress Rachel Bonner. Eden’s behaviour has always been rather erratic, and things have not changed. She is driving Hannah nuts, but when her sister doesn’t come back to their bungalow after a few nights, and given other recent discoveries, Hannah starts to worry….although no one else seems too concerned.
Hannah turns to Journalism Professor Ellie Goodwin for help. Although Ellie is only their teacher, she has befriended Hannah, and agrees that Eden’s disappearance is suspicious. She feels that recent events are looking too much like the case 50 years ago, which may mean that Eden is in trouble. However, both the police and the head of the school want Ellie to drop it. Ellie is also having some other issues. She is responsible for putting a number of people behind bars, and the threats she is getting via email seem to imply someone is out for revenge.
Well, as with all Kevin O’Brien books that I have read this one is complex. There is a lot going on. A lot of strange characters, a lot of secrets, lies, dysfunctional families….and twists.
A couple of things bothered me. It took so long for a character introduced in Chapter 1 to reappear in Chapter 31….that I didn’t recognize the name at first. With reference to the characters, I found Hannah to be very naive, Eden reckless and Rachel spoiled. So I couldn’t relate to any of them. As well, all the parents were idiots. Thankfully I liked Ellie, because I find books very difficult to read if there isn’t anyone to cheer for.
Although I felt it moved very slow, it was still a fast read. The last quarter’s suspense made up for everything.
Read: July, 2020
About The Author: Kevin O’Brien (1955 – ) was raised in Chicago, and now lives in Seattle Washington. Before his writing career took off, he was a railroad inspector by day, and aspiring novelist by night. Now he is a full-time thriller writer. Check out his website at www.kevinobrienbooks.com
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I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3310081978