BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Missing Sister by Elle Marr (Thriller)

Elle Marr

Genre:  Thriller
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Date of Publication: April 1, 2020
Number of Pages: 299


In Paris, her twin sister has vanished, leaving behind three chilling words: Trust no one. 

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…
Although they have been estranged for many years, Shayna rushes to France to identify the body of her twin sister, Angela, after it is presumed that she has been murdered. Their separation from one another following past events as well as a seemingly altogether new life in a different country convinces Shayna that she doesn’t really know her sister; however, upon entry into her Angela’s apartment, it becomes clear to her that something is truly wrong. As twins, they have always believed they share an inexplicable bond, and it is those very innate feelings that thrust Shayna into a personal quest to figure out not only what happened to her sister, but perhaps come to finally understand her as well. Though the story spans the course of only six action-packed days, this ultimately is a slow-burning mystery about the dysfunctional relationship that exists between two sisters. 

During this time of self-quarantining and lockdowns, this is an incredibly well-timed book to pick up due to its French destination. You’ll travel extensively through the Paris Catacombs and visit the seedy underbelly of the red light district all while the Sorbonne, Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower sit within your periphery. The story does an amazing job of detailing the history of the Catacombs, but seeing is really believing if you’ve never seen it before, so please check out these articles from Atlas Obscura and the Smithsonian Magazine for visual reference and more information. Though it was not the trip you would like to find yourself in, it was fascinating to walk through this story with Shayna as she discovered so much about her sister’s academic work in Paris as well as exploring a side to the city not typically discussed.

Angela’s warning of “trust no one” is absolutely the best advice, especially as a stranger in a foreign country. Just as quickly as characters appear trustworthy, their actions suggest sinister motives, leaving Shayna with no one to turn to. This becomes all the more apparent as the pacing picks up to a shocking and horrific conclusion that will leave you with chills!

Overall, this is a fresh and original story within the genre. So much talent was shown within these pages and I look forward to so much more in the future!

Many thanks to Great Escapes Book Tours and the author for providing me with a free copy of the book. This is my honest and thoughtful opinion.
Originally from Sacramento, Elle Marr explored the urban wilderness of Southern California before spending three wine-and-cheese-filled years in France. There she earned a master’s degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris. Now she lives and writes outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband and one very demanding feline. When she’s not busy writing her next novel, she’s most likely thinking about it. 


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Many thanks again to Great Escapes Book Tours and the author! It was a pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and author extras!

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1 thought on “BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Missing Sister by Elle Marr (Thriller)”

  1. Thank you for your review on \”THE MISSING SISTER\” by Elle Marr and for being part of the book tour.Sounds like a great book and one that I would greatly enjoy having the opportunity to read.2clowns at arkansas dot net


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