Wednesday, 17 April 2013

The Sea Sisters by Lucy Clarke

Title: The Sea Sisters
Author: Lucy Clarke
Published by: Harper Collins
Publication date: 9th May 2013
Pages: 400
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

Two sisters, one life-changing journey…

There are some currents in the relationship between sisters that run so dark and so deep, it’s better for the people swimming on the surface never to know what’s beneath . . .

Katie’s carefully structured world is shattered by the news that her headstrong younger sister, Mia, has been found dead in Bali – and the police claim it was suicide.

With only the entries of Mia’s travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister’s life, and – page by page, country by country – begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death.

What she discovers changes everything. But will her search for the truth push their sisterly bond – and Katie – to breaking point?

Katie and Mia are two sisters who are very different. Katie is organised, mature, responsible and doesn't take risks. Mia is irresponsible, immature, is happy to take risks and loves freedom. They don't have the best relationship with each other - they are always arguing. It made me quite sad when they argued, because I knew that in a few chapters Mia would have died, and I knew Katie would be regretting all of the arguments and bad thoughts she'd ever had with her sister.

This book has alternating points of view - we'll see life from Mia's eyes in one chapter, and life from Katie's in the next chapter. It wasn't confusing at all as at the top of each chapter, it said who was talking. Sometimes alternating chapters can be a problem, but it definitely wasn't a problem in 'The Sea Sisters'.

After Mia dies on her travels, Katie decides to travel the world using the same route as Mia, with only Mia's travel journal as a guide. This made it really interesting, to see how each sister experienced the same places so differently. A lovely character in the book was Finn - Mia's best friend - who went travelling with her. He secretly loved Mia, and *spoiler alert* it made me sad that Mia never loved him back in the same way. Also, Katie loved Finn but he didn't love her, so it was a bit of a love triangle! It was just disappointing that none of them ended up with who they wanted. *end of spoiler*

It took me a while to get into this book, but once it started getting exciting, I couldn't put it down. If you haven't read this already, you should! The characters and plot are well developed and thought out and I've never read anything like this before. It's a brilliant story full of twists and turns - an emotional roller coaster!


  1. Great review, Amber! This looks really good. The idea of the travel journal guide sounds interesting to read about. And I LOVE alternating points of view! :D

    Thanks for sharing, I'll look out for this one. It sounds sad but brilliant. :)

    1. Thanks Zoe! I think you would love this book.

  2. Sounds like an interesting read with a little intrigue. Thanks for the review! I'll have to check this one out.

  3. Great Review Amber, this looks like a great story. I will have to look out for this soon because your review has made me itching to see what unfolds. Thanks for putting my button up.