Published: 3rd October 2017 (Bloodhound Books)
When they were children, Megan adored her younger sister Chloe. Now she can’t bear to be in the same room as her.
Megan believes Chloe is a psychopath and her sister does appear to be a textbook case: cold, cruel and lacking in empathy.
Why does Chloe want to taunt Megan at every opportunity? And why does she persist in manipulating their mentally ill mother, Tilly?
When Tilly, under Chloe’s malignant influence, becomes dangerously unstable, the consequences are ugly. Megan’s world falls apart. Her sister’s out of control and there’s little she can do about it. Until Chloe’s actions threaten the safety of Megan’s former lover. A man from whom she has kept an important secret…
A study of sibling rivalry and dysfunctional relationships, Sister, Psychopath tells the story of one woman’s struggle to survive the damage inflicted by her own flesh and blood.
If you enjoy books about dysfunctional relationships then this is most definitely the book for you! Megan and Chloe are half-sisters who once upon a time, adored each other but something shifted over time and now they have absolutely no relationship. So much so that they struggle to be in one another’s company for any period of time. Right from the start, it is clear that Chloe is a nasty, manipulative piece of work.
From the title, it appears that this is a book about sisters, which it is….but it is more that that. Maggie James has centred a story around sisters but also thrown other characters into the mix which brings with it different perspectives and relationships. Alongside Megan and Chloe, we also have their mother Tilly, Megan’s good friend Toby and James, Tilly’s wealthy boss who is also the husband of one of Megan’s friends.
As well as the focus on the relationship between Megan and Chloe, James also explores the relationship between Megan and Tilly as well as between Megan and Toby. With Tilly, Megan has always felt second best to her sister, this was not helped when Megan fell in love with Toby ten years prior (and still harbours feelings for him now) but Toby moved on from a one-night stand with Megan to a relationship (of sorts) with Chloe – mixed up relationships to the extreme!
What I most enjoyed about Sister, Psychopath was the different perspectives that these characters bring, with so many main characters it is easy to lose their individual personalities but James has successfully brought to life five well-developed characters, who each bring something different to the plot and show different sides to Megan (as well as different levels manipulation from Chloe – she is definitely one character you love to hate!!).
There are twists and turns throughout this book, some I felt like I saw coming and some that appeared from nowhere to throw in a curveball. I enjoyed this book – at times you need to just go with the plot lines as they can seem a little far-fetched but that in itself is the beauty of fiction! Sister, Psychopath is a well plotted out psychological thriller. Whilst Chloe is a horrible character, James’ ability to portray her manipulation is brilliant.
A good solid psychological thriller.
Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol. She writes psychological suspense novels.
Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. Diet and health remain high on her list of interests, along with travel. Accountancy does not, but then it never did. The urge to pack a bag and go off travelling is always lurking in the background! When not writing, going to the gym, practising yoga or travelling, Maggie can be found seeking new four-legged friends to pet; animals are a lifelong love!