Like a Sister Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
In this "tense, twisting mystery" and "absolutely can't-put-it-down read" (Megan Miranda), no one bats an eye when a Black reality TV star is found dead in the Bronx—except her estranged half-sister, whose refusal to believe the official story leads her on a dangerous search for the truth.
“I found out my sister was back in New York from Instagram. I found out she’d died from the New York Daily News.”
When the body of disgraced reality TV star Desiree Pierce is found on a playground in the Bronx the morning after her 25th birthday party, the police and the media are quick to declare her death an overdose. It’s a tragedy, certainly, but not a crime.
But Desiree’s half-sister Lena Scott knows that can’t be the case. A graduate student at Columbia, Lena has spent the past decade forging her own path far from the spotlight, but some facts about Desiree just couldn’t have changed since their childhood. And Desiree would never travel above 125th Street. So why is no one listening to her?
Despite the bitter truth that the two haven’t spoken in two years, torn apart by Desiree’s partying and by their father, Mel, a wealthy and influential hip-hop mogul, Lena becomes determined to find justice for her sister, even if it means untangling her family’s darkest secrets—or ending up dead herself.
“A riveting, read-through-the-night thriller.” (Liv Constantine)
“Equal parts charm and heartbreak, with razor-sharp insights on class, race, and family.” (Laura Lippman)
“Smart with twists you never see coming.” (Walter Mosley)
“Domestic suspense for the Instagram gen. #lovedit.” (Lori Rader-Day)
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 46 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 08, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #19,538 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#101 in Amateur Sleuth Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#223 in African American Literature
#470 in Women Sleuth Mysteries
Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2022
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When the body of a disgraced reality star and influencer Desiree Pierce is found at a playground in the Bronx, the police rule it an overdose. Desiree’s estranged half sister Lena knows that can’t be true.
I enjoyed this is slow burning mix of mystery and family drama. Main character Lena narrates her search for the truth about Desiree as she tries to understand and come to terms with what happened. There’s lots of red herrings as Lena talks to Desiree’s best friend, former friends, and boyfriend. Lena discovers some uncomfortable truths about Desiree and must confront secrets in her own family.
This is solid mystery with a relatable and likable main character. The NYC setting is fun and there’s tons of family drama boot.
I'm really sad to be writing this review right now because I wanted to love this book. The author seems really nice on social media and I loved the premise. Difficult and uptight heroine investigating the death of her party girl reality TV sister? Um, YES. I also thought the writing was really good. It's just, as other people have complained, REALLY slow-paced. The point where I just kept wanting more. I feel like, when it comes to pacing, I'm more relaxed than other readers. I actually don't want instant gratification and I'm willing to wait, but you have to give me something. Even if it's all in the character's head-- I need to feel some sort of thrill in a thriller. LIKE A SISTER was starting to pick up a little, finally, near the 20% mark, but I kept finding myself setting this one down because it was boring to me.
2 to 2.5 out of 5 stars