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Like a Sister

By: Kellye Garrett
Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
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Publisher's Summary

In this "tense, twisting mystery" and "absolutely can't-put-it-down read" (Megan Miranda), no one bats an eye when a Black reality TV star is found dead in the Bronx—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.

“A riveting, read-through-the-night thriller.” (Liv Constantine)

“Equal parts charm and heartbreak, with razor-sharp insights on class, race, and family.” (Laura Lippman)

“Smart with twists you never see coming.” (Walter Mosley)

“Domestic suspense for the Instagram gen. #lovedit.” (Lori Rader-Day)

©2022 Kellye Garrett (P)2022 Mulholland Books

Critic Reviews

"Kellye Garrett, a break-out star in crime fiction since her debut, has upped the ante with her latest, Like a Sister. A traditional mystery set in the world of reality television and Instagram influencers, it is equal parts charm and heartbreak, with razor-sharp insights on class, race, and family. I'm happy to know that Kellye Garrett is just getting started. I can't wait to see what she does next." (Laura Lippman, New York Times best-selling author of Lady in the Lake)

"Brimming with suspense and wit, Like a Sister is a tense, twisting mystery that explores the complex bonds within family and the elusive nature of truth. Smart, sharp, and completely engrossing - an absolutely can’t-put-it-down read!" (Megan Miranda, New York Times best-selling author of All the Missing Girls and Such a Quiet Place)

Like a Sister is one of those reads whose tight plotting and suspenseful pacing might tempt you to rush to its twisty end, but take your time and enjoy the ride as Kellye Garrett fills these pages with humor, heart, and whip-smart insights into class, race, family, and our contemporary media culture. Garrett deserves every bit of praise Like a Sister is certain to earn.” (Alafair Burke, New York Times best-selling author of The Better Sister)

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I think the story is interesting. The pace is unnecessarily drawn out. I didn't actually care about any of the characters, because they all seemed spoiled and delusional. I wanted to like book so much, but by the end of the story felt cheated.

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I enjoyed the twists of the story and the reveal of who dun it! I had a hard time with the narrator's white girl voice. It was ridiculous, cloying and continued the whole time. I almost stopped listening. I think this would've been more enjoyable if I read it myself, rather than listening.

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So glad I picked this one up!

3.5 - First of all, I’m really glad I decided to pick this one up. As a New York City girl, the premise immediately intrigued me and the audio version I think made me enjoy it even more, it was so well done (Bahni Turpin). The characters felt very real-to-life and it definitely keeps you guessing as far as who is responsible for the death of reality TV and social media personality Desiree, as her sister Lena is determined to prove her death was no accidental drug overdose. The action and motivations get a little convoluted as often happens with thrillers like these, but ultimately I really enjoyed it and will be keeping an eye on this author’s future releases!

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Great Narration!

Narrator made the whole book! She was phenomenal!
Story kept the mystery flowing till the very end.
Highly recommended!

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Engaging and full of voice!

I loved how I felt like I was running around New York right along with Lena as she discovered the secrets behind her sister’s death! Twisty and fun, we’ll written and a fast listen.

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Great read!

Great read!! The narrator was perfect. The book was "page turning" through and through. Kelly Garrett has a new fan.

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Bookclub reader

Loved the story in this book. The fact that in took place in the bronx my home town was perfect.
This is a great book for a bookclub to choose it will
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Okkkkkkkk

I’m a fan of the authors other 2 books. I didn’t dislike this book it was just a lot to keep up with so many characters and names. The storyline was good but again just a lot to keep up with.

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Awesome mystery full of twists!

What an awesome mystery! I didn’t want to stop listening. Garrett had me guessing up until the very end. So many twists and turns!

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Kept me guessing

Great stories, interesting characters in another wonderful Garrett's mystery. I couldn't put it down until I finish.

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