First, a little backstory.
I first heard about this particular story years ago during a Twitter pitch event, #pitmad. One of my favorite things to do during these events, rather than stalking my own notifications hoping for agent and editor likes, was to scroll through the pitches and swoon over all the books that were being written.
It was here that I first learned about The Missing Sister, and Elle Marr. Her pitch grabbed me by the throat, giving me chills in only 140 characters (this was before the 280 extension). We followed each other, cheered each other on, and when she announced the book was going to be published, I scheduled the date on my calendar and started my countdown.
And she didn't disappoint. Marr created a captivating, chilling tale from page one, following Shayna through the streets of Paris as she searches for her missing sister, Angela, who is presumed to be dead. The only clue to spark her certainty that it is not her sister lying on a slab in the morgue is a note on a whiteboard, written in a secret script devised by the twins in childhood: Alive. Trust No One.
The descriptions of Paris life, from the streets to the culture to the catacombs (which feature strongly through the tail) add a new flavor to the mystery and thrilling chase as Shayna wonders who to trust, if anyone, and is on a desperate race against time to find her sister.
Check out the blurb (courtesy of GOODREADS):
Shayna Darby is finally coming to terms with her parents’ deaths when she’s delivered another blow. The body of her estranged twin sister, Angela—the possible victim of a serial killer—has been pulled from the Seine. Putting what’s left of her life on hold, Shayna heads to Paris. But while cleaning out Angela’s apartment, Shayna makes a startling discovery: a coded message meant for her alone…
Alive. Trust no one.
Taking the warning to heart, Shayna maintains the lie. She makes a positive ID on the remains and works to find out where—and why—her missing sister is hiding. Shayna retraces her sister’s footsteps, and they lead her down into Paris’s underbelly.
As she gets closer to the truth—and to the killer—Shayna’s own life may now be in the balance…
If you are looking for a captivating and chilling debut, throwing you onto the streets of the city of lights, and love trying to guess who is behind the mystery, this is your next MUST READ binge!