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Monday, February 28, 2022

Review: Like A Sister by Kellye Garrett

Like A Sister
by Kellye Garrett
Narrated by Bahni Turpin

Thanks so much to Hachette Audio, for this gifted audiobook

Publisher: Hachette Audio
Publish Date: March 8, 2022
11 hrs 46 min
Genres: Thriller, Mystery

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.

My Review:

Clever, clever, clever!!  Reality TV and social media, while fun, is also so draining and hellish in its content at times.  Imagine the only way you find out about what is happening to your sister is via Instagram and the news?  She's 25, a reality TV star and considered to have had an overdose.  But something doesn't sit right with Desiree and she is determined to figure out who actually killed her sister because an overdose it was NOT.

OoOoOo I do love a novel set in NYC that makes me feel like I actually am there (I mean, I live here but you know!).  Also, I have to make a point of how much I smiled and laughed every time I saw her say "Shit nuts" because it's an inside joke and I actually use that phrase! Never have I ever heard it elsewhere before so that was just such a surprising and fun find.

How annoying is it that there was such a quick assumption that she died of an overdose?  The cops didn't do enough research and looked past clues telling them overwise. Ahem.  I loved looking through Desiree's eyes as she fought to fight the truth.  The author does a fantastic job of giving us all the drama, letting us eat those red herrings along the way. And I encourage you to listen to the audiobook as I felt the narrator was fantastic!

Absolutely pick this up if you like gritty NYC scenes while trying to solve this mystery along with the main character.


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