Author: Eliot Schrefer
Release Date: 1st August 2010
My Rating: 4/5
Abby Goodwin has always covered for her sister. Maya's screw-ups started out ordinary enough - broken curfews, failed classes, hanging out with drugged-out losers...
But now Maya's been accused of murder. And Abby's not sure she'll be able to cover for her anymore.
With the police closing in, Abby helps Maya escape...and then starts investigating, hoping to clear her sister's name. What she finds, though, shows that you can't trust anyone - not even the people you think you know.
I am a major fan of Eliot Schrefer's The School for Dangerous Girls and so was very excited when The Deadly Sister landed on my desk. I was also excited because, when I'm not reading YA fiction, I read adult crime novels, so a combination of both really appealed to me.
Essentially this is a crime thriller but with a teenage cast. If you like who-dun-its, teen reads without bubblegum romance and/or you don't like fantasy/sci-fi novels, then this is for you. The Deadly Sister is a suspenseful read about how far you would go to protect your family, and yourself.
Schrefer favours misdirection by introducing many characters who could all be the murderer. We find out many people had motive for killing Jefferson Andrews; Maya, Maya and Abby's father, Jefferson's brother, Abby's best friend, one of Jefferson's many female companions, Rose his official girlfriend, drug dealers, even the owner of the convenience store near the high school.
My only gripe, and why it is not getting a 10/10 rating, is regarding something at the end of the book but I can't talk about it without giving away the ending. Frustrating I know, but if you read it and feel like something is slightly off, then feel comfort in knowing you are not the only one. Or maybe I'm just nit-picking an otherwise thrilling read.
Read this if you enjoyed The School for Dangerous Girls or Rebecca James' Beautiful Malice.