book reviews

Book Review: Like A Sister

Book Details:

  • Published Date: March 8, 2022
  • Author: Kellye Garrett
  • Genre: Fiction, Adult, Mystery, Thriller
  • Format: Book of the Month Edition (April 2022)
  • Length: 305 pages
In this “tense, twisting mystery” (Megan Miranda), no one bats an eye when a Black reality TV star is found dead—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. (Amazon)

When I seen this book as a selection for Book of the Month I was excited. This book seemed really good and it was a mystery/thriller by a black author.

Lena and her sister Desiree haven’t talked in two years, in fact, the only they have in common is that they have the same father. One day, Desiree is found dead in the middle of a playground and it looks like she may have overdosed due to the needle marks discovered on her body. Lena, who hasn’t spoken to Desiree in two years, just knows that this could not have been what happened to her. So, Lena decides to take Desiree’s murder into her own hands and figure out what really happened to her.

I think what confused me was what made Lena think, “Nope! This isn’t what happened. She didn’t overdose.” The reason why Lena and Desiree hadn’t spoken in two year was because of Desiree’s bad decisions and her partying. And she immediately thought it was connected to something that happened before they stopped speaking. It was never explained why Lena came to that conclusion.

There is a lot of repetitiveness in the book and at times it did get pretty boring. In the beginning, I found myself hooked because I was ready to see how everything was going to go down. But as I kept reading, I found myself having some unanswered questions and my attention started to take a back seat which sucks because I wanted to love this book.

My Rating:

Have you read Like a Sister? What were your thoughts?


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