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What My Sister Knew

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  1,822 ratings  ·  216 reviews
We're not just siblings; we're twins. We're supposed to be able to read each other's thoughts. Although Eli is a few minutes younger, he always seemed older, always one step ahead.

It turns out that Eli kept many secrets. And he told many lies. So although he was once seen as the golden child-while I stood by as the silent sister-his web of deception led to a guilty verdict
Published June 19th 2018 by Grand Central Publishing
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Grand Central Publishing
Shelves: from-publisher
I am two for two when it comes to Nina Laurin's books! The best way I know to describe them is as comfort reads, which I'm sure sounds a little wonky due to the fact that they are crime novels. Let me explain- you know how sometimes the reason you adore an author's work isn't necessarily due to the fact their stories are wildly unique or over the top flamboyant, but more because they can take a story that has been done before, a classic mystery if you will, and put their own touch on it? That's ...more
Rock climbing......

That's what this one reminded me of: Grabbing on to the next ledge, both hands secure, and careful placement of the footing. It's not so much of where you've been, but what lies ahead.

What My Sister Knew is a deeply embedded psychological thriller with less emphasis on the thrill. We are introduced to Andrea who has been involved in a vehicle crash off a darkened highway. Nina Laurin grabs us in the first chapter with all the surround sound of waking up covered in broken glass
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
What My Sister Knew by Nina Laurin is a psychological thriller that certainly begins with a bang to catch a readers attention. Andrea has been in a car crash wrapping her vehicle around a tree and during her in and out of consciousness she vaguely recalls seeing a man in the road.

As Andrea is checked out at the hospital we begin to learn more about her and her story. It seems that Andrea is a twin that hasn’t seen her twin brother in fifteen years, not since the fiery death of their parents by h
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
After reading the excellent Girl Last Seen last year was I curious to see if Nina Laurin next book What My Sister Knew would be just as good. I'm glad to say that it worked very well for me.

One thing I want to say about this book and that I didn't find the story that surprising, actually I had a pretty good idea about what would happen, and what secrets Andrea had. Not that the whole story was predictable, some nice surprises occurred. However, despite the fact that I suspected the truth is the
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2019-shelf
Remember those good old days when twins always knew each other's minds and they didn't go all psycho on you?

Yeah, me either. That's why I really liked this particular mystery. It reminds me that siblings are never (or are always) exactly what they seem. :)

Confusing? Nah. This thriller will keep you turning those pages from the first car crash all the way to the last lit match. :) You know, to shine a little light on the problem.

I admit I figured out the big twist pretty early on, but it's not a
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-release
Nina Laurin you have done it again! Another psychological thriller that grips me from page one to the very end! I enjoy her style of writing so much. Jumping between past and present keeps me engaged and constantly wanting more!! I loved Girl Last Seen and had high hopes for What My Sister Knew. Well, she definitely delivered. Nina Laurin throws in twists and turns that you do NOT see coming. (Those are the best shockers!) I am excited to see what Nina Laurin has in store for her third book! I d ...more
Jun 11, 2018 rated it liked it
What My Sister Knew
Nina Laurin

A consuming read full of plot twists that will ensnare the reader.


Andrea is only a few minutes older than her brother Eli. They are not just siblings, but twins with a special bond. Andrea thought it was more like looking in a mirror, Eli was the shiny reflective side and she felt more like the dull rough side. Eli always seemed older to her. He was always one step ahead, the golden child, doing the right things and being a protective brother. But it
Karen Lyn
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author and publisher for the ARC!

What My Sister Knew starts with a car crash. Andrea thinks she swerved after seeing something--or someone?--on a deserted road at night. Soon enough, she'll realize things are much worse than she could have imagined, as a sinister figure from the past reappears in her life. Her own twin brother, responsible for the tragedy that killed their parents when they were twelve. Now he's back, and the life Andrea built for herself is in jeopardy once mor
Shelleen Toland
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a fast paced read and had me on the edge of my seat for the whole truth and why? Eli and Andrea are twins. They are very different though. Eli keeps many secrets. He has been found guilty of their mom and stepfather's death in a house fire. Now his 13 year sentence is up and he is free and looking for Andrea. Setting her up at every turn. I received this ebook from NetGalley for an honest review. ...more
Louise Wilson
Nov 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Andrea's twin brother, Eli was in prison. He had started a fire that killed their parents. Andrea had to try and put the past behind her and get on with her new life. Andrea had been disfigured during the fire. Now the police have come to tell Andrea that her brother has allegedly killed again, not long after he had been released.

Eli had been in prison for fifteen years. Andrea had been in a car accident which has started off a chain of events that occur at the same time as Eli's release. I did
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What My Sister Knew is the first book of Nina Laurin's that I have read. What a great ride! I'll be reading more of Laurin's books now.

Andrea's brother Eli is released from prison after serving a 12 year sentence. A juvenile charge for murdering their mother and their stepfather in a house fire that he set. Andrea has not seen him since the fire that left her body covered in burns. She has been living a quiet life as a social worker.

This story is filled with twists. Nothing is as it seems. I wa
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Solid, fast-paced, cleverly plotted, and dark. What more to ask for?
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A house burns down, parents die, and a brother goes to prison. Yes a lot happens here! Meanwhile, Andrea is adopted and grows up to become a social worker with a wonderfully supporting fiancé (or ex-fiance as she calls him). But when her brother is released from prison, things take a dramatic turn. The story is told through a current timeline and flashbacks to the past. Many aspects of the story were not as surprising as I think they were intended, but were good solid twists not these crazy jump ...more
Danyelle Drexler ( danythebookworm_ )
‪#WhatMySisterKnew - If you are looking for the perfect thriller, one the starts with a bang, and holds your attention until the very last page, this is for you. I look forward to reading more by this author. A truly fantastic debut.
Paula  Phillips
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it

I really enjoyed Nina's first book Girl Unseen, so decided to give this book a go as it sounded intriguing. I love stories like this that flit between the past and present. Fifteen years ago Andrea's aka Addie's twin brother Eli set fire to their parents home and stood by as their parents burned to death. He ended up with twelve years in prison and an institution. Her brother has been out for three years and she hasn't seen or heard a peep from him or has she? Now a woman has turned up dead and
Laura Rash
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Oh boy! You have to really pay attention to this story to keep up with the characters & all the intertwined tales they tell. This reads so quick it’s like a whirlwind! Fantastic thriller!
Thanks to the author & publisher for this copy:)
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
#FirstLine ~ A sticky thread of saliva runs from the corner of my mouth down to my earlobe, cool across my cheek.

Twisty, turny and definitely thrilling What My Sister Knew will leave you feeling a bit uneasy. It is one of those books that slowly burns to the satisfying conclusion through a well drawn out story with characters that leave an impression. A story that book clubs will enjoy talking about.
Nicole Bradford
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gritty, emotional, and dark, What My Sister Knew is a look at a truly messed-up relationship between twins. Andrea and Eli were separated at twelve after Eli burned down the family home, killing their parents. Now he's out of jail, and wanted for another murder. This is a fast-paced book. It only took me a few hours to finish it. What I liked about it was, just when you think you've got everything figured out, the author has a way of making you doubt yourself. Everybody has something to hide. ...more
Lori L (She Treads Softly)
What My Sister Knew by Nina Lauri is a highly recommended psychological thriller.

Andrea "Addie" Warren has just been in a car accident and the circumstances surrounded it are all hazy. Did she really see a man by the side of the road? At the hospital, her foster mother shows up to take Addie to her home, not Addie's, and it becomes clear that something else is going on, something Addie doesn't have a clue about. At her foster mothers she manages to catch a TV news clip and sees that her twin bro
Inn Auni
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery

This is me being brutally honest. The plot twist, SUCK. Why? Because as a reader, I'm suppose to hate Eli and root for Andrea. But, guess what, I hated Andrea. I can see that she's manipulative from the start. "...and try to look appropriately injured". There, did you see/read that? What was so shocking about this book and it's twist? If you're an avid mystery/thriller fans, then you could pick up on the clues and came up with a conclusion. Heck, you could have guess the twist. In m
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Thank you to the publisher for gifting me a copy of this book to read and share my review.


This book is told in alternating timelines – parts are told 15 years before the fire, parts are told in the present 15 years after the fire. Bit by bit we get glimpses of what happened and get to piece the puzzle together to get a clear understanding of what happened.

What My Sister Knew starts off with Addie after a car cra
Cathy Berry
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a "can't stop reading, just 1 more chapter" book. Every time I thought that I had something figured out I would be correct... sort of. There was always a little twist. A little unexpected something that made me go, "hmm, now what?". Can't wait to read "Girl Last Seen". ...more
Heena Rathore P.
A good thriller with a decent story, great writing and fantastic characterization. It was a pretty quick read. Interesting as well as engaging, this book managed to keep me engrossed throughout the story.

I would recommend this book to all thriller readers.
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: physical-library
I am going with a 3.5 with this one. I enjoyed the story, but it felt unfinished for me. Too many questions
Judy Odom
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
What my Sister Knew is a book full of lies, deceit, horror and murder.

It is a journey where you follow Andrea and Eli who went to prison for arson that killed their parents but he is out now and killing again.

What is the real story behind the death of their parents ? Why is Eli back after all these years and who is telling the truth.

A good read, the pages fly by.

Not the nicest of brothers and sisters but they do tell a great story.
Dec 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Intentions don't count for much in the end."

This had a solid beginning and is the reason for 2 stars. It's an entertaining read that lets you get to know Andrea/Addie as she stumble around in her life as it crashes around her. But what started out solid for at least the first 100 pages just seemed to fizzle out around 200.

It flips between 2 perspectives - Addie now, as she tries to figure out what is going on after the crash and once a body is found in her brother's apartment. And to a fire th
This story started off strong, gripping the reader and making them wonder just what was going on and what secret Andrea was hiding. However, as the story progressed it became predictable to the point of tedious. In fact, the ending was so obvious that by the time I got to it, I just didn't care. Which was a shame as this story had a lot of potential to be the gripping psychological thriller it claimed to be.

I do believe there are people who will enjoy this novel (as evidenced by the 4 and 5 sta
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Nina Laurin has an excellent writing style and descriptive imagery that grabs you from the beginning and never lets go. She taps into the main characters thoughts and shares them as an internal narration throughout the book. The character development is extensive and very well done. What I really loved about this book is how the narrative switches between past and present, and some chapters are excerpts from a true crime book that have before sections as well; you'd think this would be confusing ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book much better in the beginning... as the story went on, it became a bit repetitive, and predictable. While I didn't foresee ALL the little twists, none of them came as surprises. Halfway through I was wishing the book was over already. ...more
Linda Lipko
Though I finished the book, I plodded along and found that it lagged terribly in some chapters. A mother and father died in a tragic fire. Their daughter and son survived. The daughter was pulled from the fire by her brother. Her brother spent 12 years in jail for intentionally starting the fire.

The book begins with the daughter/sister Addie, waking from a terrible car accident. When lucid, she believes she had the accident as a result of turning away from her brother who was in the middle of th
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