The Wicked Sister (Paperback)

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The Wicked Sister (Paperback)


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There is new master of psychological thrillers in town! As she did in The Marsh King’s Daughter, Dionne keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very end. Rachel has been locked away in a mental health facility for 15 years for accidentally killing her mother when she was eleven years old. However, Rachel does not remember that day or anything of the next two weeks when she apparently lost in the woods surrounding her families house. When she was found, she was unable to speak. When a reporter hoping for an interview gives Rachel the file on the murder, she discovers that she couldn’t possibly have killed her mother because she wasn’t tall enough to use the rifle!

She returns to her family home where her older sister and aunt still live, to try and piece together what really happened that day, and who was the real killer. Tension builds on every page until the explosive ending. This riveting thriller probably shouldn't be read at bedtime...

— From Deb's Picks

Rachel believes that she remembers exactly what happened the day her parents were shot & justifies the last fifteen years.
Rachel’s mother, Jenny tells us what happened as it happened.
Is returning to the place that Rachel once ran from going to help her discover what really happened?
An absolutely absorbing, artfully-paced thriller that I couldn’t stop thinking about, couldn’t put down and held me on the edge from the beginning. 
— From Shannon's Picks

Karen Dionne is the bestselling, award-winning author of "The Marsh King's Daughter." Her latest novel, built around two sister's lifetime dysfunctional and tormented relationship, is a kind of fun who-done-it, but there's nothing funny about it. The suspense builds and builds, as we come to fall for one sister, despise the other, and wonder what the heck happened here . . . and why? Taking place in the woods of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, let your imagination run wild while reading of the beautiful natural surroundings of northern Michigan, as you get truly freaked out while inside the big, spooky house in which the story takes place.
— From Vick's Picks (2019-2021)

"Chilling and captivating, The Wicked Sister explores the complex layers of family bonds, guilt, and redemption. A beautifully written, haunting psychological thriller." --Megan Miranda, author of All the Missing Girls

From the bestselling and award-winning author of The Marsh King's Daughter comes a startling novel of psychological suspense as two generations of sisters try to unravel their tangled relationships between nature and nurture, guilt and betrayal, love and evil.

For a decade and a half, Rachel Cunningham has chosen to lock herself away in a psychiatric facility, tortured by gaps in her memory and the certainty that she is responsible for her parents' deaths. But when she learns new details about their murders, Rachel returns, in a quest for answers, to the place where she once felt safest: her family's sprawling log cabin in the remote forests of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

As Rachel begins to uncover what really happened on the day her parents were murdered, she learns--as her mother did years earlier--that home can be a place of unspeakable evil, and that the bond she shares with her sister might be the most poisonous of all.
Karen Dionne is the USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of the award-winning psychological suspense novel The Marsh King's Daughter, published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in the U.S. and in twenty-five other countries. She enjoys nature photography and lives with her husband in Detroit's northern suburbs.
Product Details ISBN: 9780735213043
ISBN-10: 0735213046
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication Date: June 29th, 2021
Pages: 304
Language: English
One of Publishers Weekly's Best Suspense Books of 2020

"A gut-clenching wilderness thriller."--Minneapolis Star Tribune

“[A] neo-gothic psychological thriller that’s a true mind-bender...’The Wicked Sister’ brings to mind those classic Bette Davis quasi-horror flicks ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?’ and ‘Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte.’ Dionne has fashioned a superb character study of murder and madness that reads like Alfred Hitchcock at his best in book form.”--Providence Journal

"Dionne paints a haunting portrait of a family hurtling toward the tragic destiny they can foresee but are powerless to stop."--Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

The Wicked Sister is massively thrilling and altogether unputdownable. Dionne is proving to be one of the finest suspense writers working today.”–Karin Slaughter, author of 20 International Bestselling Books

“A terrifying thrill-ride of psychological suspense. Karen Dionne is wickedly good at deception, deceit and misdirection and The Wicked Sister is seductively compelling. You will not stop reading.”
--Robert Dugoni, New York Times Best-Selling Author of My Sister’s Grave

"In Karen Dionne's wilderness, humans are the most dangerous animals of all. The Wicked Sister is enthralling and terrifying, and I couldn't put it down.  A terrific novel."--Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of House on Fire

“A chilling portrait of a psychopath that will shock and fascinate you. Dionne is a master storyteller who has crafted a terrifying thriller that will haunt you long after the last page is read.” --Liv Constantine,  bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

“Chilling and captivating, The Wicked Sister explores the complex layers of family bonds, guilt, and redemption. A beautifully written, haunting psychological thriller.”—Megan Miranda, author of All the Missing Girls

“Karen Dionne is back with a dark, atmospheric and chilling tale set in the deep woods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Beautifully written, The Wicked Sister moves seamlessly between past and present, unraveling the truth behind a family tragedy. From her insightful depiction of both the grace and bitter cruelty of humanity, to her command of the plot and pacing, Dionne’s brilliance shines through on every single page. Prepare to be blown away!”--Wendy Walker, bestselling author of The Night Before

"Fresh, truly original, and utterly unpredictable, Karen Dionne is at the top of her game with the gorgeously told The Wicked Sister. I devoured this book in one sitting! It's hard to balance complex and heartrending familial relationships with pulse-pounding suspense, but somehow this book does exactly that. Propulsive and terrifying to the very shocking end!"--Kate Moretti, New York Times bestselling author of The Vanishing Year

Karen Dionne does a masterful job of creating a mystery with plenty of twists…This is a must-read for mystery fans, or anyone with an interest in UP Michigan.”--Faribault Daily News