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Publisher's Summary

She thought she'd buried her past. But what if it's been hunting her this whole time?

From the best-selling and award-winning author of The Marsh King's Daughter comes a startling novel of psychological suspense as two generations of sisters try to unravel their tangled relationships between nature and nurture, guilt and betrayal, love and evil.

You have been cut off from society for 15 years, shut away in a mental hospital in self-imposed exile as punishment for the terrible thing you did when you were a child.

But what if nothing about your past is as it seems?

And if you didn't accidentally shoot and kill your mother, then whoever did is still out there. Waiting for you.

For a decade and a half, Rachel Cunningham has chosen to lock herself away in a psychiatric facility, tortured by gaps in her memory and the certainty that she is responsible for her parents' deaths. But when she learns new details about their murders, Rachel returns, in a quest for answers, to the place where she once felt safest: her family's sprawling log cabin in the remote forests of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

As Rachel begins to uncover what really happened on the day her parents were murdered, she learns - as her mother did years earlier - that home can be a place of unspeakable evil and that the bond she shares with her sister might be the most poisonous of all.

©2020 Karen Dionne (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

One of Publishers Weekly's Best Suspense Books of 2020 

"A gut-clenching wilderness thriller." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

"[A] neo-gothic psychological thriller that’s a true mind-bender...The Wicked Sister brings to mind those classic Bette Davis quasi-horror flicks Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? and Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte. Dionne has fashioned a superb character study of murder and madness that reads like Alfred Hitchcock at his best in book form." (Providence Journal)

"Dionne paints a haunting portrait of a family hurtling toward the tragic destiny they can foresee but are powerless to stop." (Publishers Weekly)  

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real villain is the criminal negligence of parents

I struggled to finish and finally just skipped to the end. Lots of graphic animal violence and its unbelievable that two highly educated biologists would be SO FREAKING BLIND about their psychopath kid.

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Great Twisting Ending

This book kept me engaged. Story of 2 sisters and you do not know if one is bad? But is she really bad and who else had a part of the mystery and circumstance which keeps you pushing on to know the truth.

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finished in record time

great book. I never finish a book this quickly. I listened to an interview with the author National Writer Series in Traverse City MI

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Well developed plot and characters

Well developed characters (human and creature). Plot was plausible, and craftily twisted and revealed.

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AMAZING

This book was amazing. Good twist on every page, good character descriptions, and great narration!

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The Wicked Sister Spoiler

I really enjoyed this audio recording. The older sister in the book really is wicked. The younger sister is a delight. The parents move to their family's wilderness estate to try and protect people from their eldest daughter. Psychopath is the word used to describe the eldest daughter. I do recommend this book.

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good book

about a family struggling to deal with the oldest daughter who has some extreme mental issues good book

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Entertaining story

The novel is bit far fetched but an entertaining story nonetheless. Performance is very well done.

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Definitely recommend!

I was hooked from the first line! I didn't think I was going to like this one as much as I did, but I actually really enjoyed it! loved the characters, narrator., and story line!

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Really captivated me!

This story got in my head and I couldn't put it down. I wasn't a fan in the beginning of the back and forth because it took a few chapters to introduce Rachel's role. But once we got there, I was hooked.