Domestic suspense books can focus on any aspect of home or family, and the ones in this article spotlight the special and often contentious bond between sisters. These riveting suspense thrillers approach the sisterly bond from various perspectives: taking sibling rivalry to the next level, learning to love a sister who is also a stranger and the lengths to which a woman will go in the name of sisterly love. Read these books by yourself, or share them with your own sister. Either way, you’re in for a nail-biting time.
The Taylor sisters have not spoken in over a decade. No surprise there: they were always worlds apart in both temperament and goals. Chloe, the younger sister, is ambitious, career-oriented, and always seems to get what she wants. Nicky is reckless to the point of pushing her loved ones away. But when Chloe's husband (who is also Nicky's ex) is murdered and someone they both love is accused of the crime, the sisters must work together to clear his name—even if that means dredging up their painful pasts.
When Katie Bradley needs a job, her big sister Hana pulls through in the most exciting way possible: by securing her a position with the herd, an in-demand, all-female organization. Everything seems to be going well, so the sisters are shocked when the group's reclusive leader abruptly disappears. Hana and Katie scramble to find her, each for her own reasons. But the thing about digging into another person's secrets is that they have a habit of exposing your own...
Korede is used to cleaning up after her glamorous sister Ayoola, especially when those messes involve blood and dead bodies. She does all of this with no credit and no complaint—until the day her own crush wanders into Ayoola's orbit. With Ayoola's habit of killing her paramours, Korede has a limited time to choose between protecting her sister and finally getting what she wants. My Sister, The Serial Killer is an award-winning novel that puts a darkly humorous spin on the mystery suspense genre.
First her parents, now her twin sister. Shayna believes she has lost her entire family until she cleans out her dead sister's apartment and finds a strange note: "Alive. Trust no one." Elated and baffled in equal measure, Shayna embarks on a mission to find her sister and figure out what is behind her drastic, dramatic actions. Her quest takes her deep into the Parisian underworld. The closer she gets to the truth, the more likely it becomes that Shayna will be the one who ends up dead.
Kennedy Wynn spent fifteen years in prison for the murder of her best friend. But did she do it? Kennedy doesn't remember, but her sister Carter can't help wondering. She has done everything possible to distance herself from the family, even changing her surname. With Kennedy's sentence finally over, everyone hopes they can finally put the whole sordid affair behind them. But the media has a long memory, and one reporter in particular is determined to find out what really happened all those years ago, no matter the cost.
by Sara Blaedel
Ilka Jensen's life was turned upside-down when she learned her father, who she hasn't seen since childhood, started a new family and opened a funeral home in faraway Racine, Wisconsin. Now, Ilka is struggling to connect with her two half-sisters and to keep the family business afloat. But their father, though dead, still has other secrets to reveal—secrets that may destroy both of his families. The final installment in Sara Blaedel's "Family Secrets" trilogy, The Third Sister weaves a compelling, complex web of lies, deceit, and betrayal.
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