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The Forgotten Sister

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  140 ratings  ·  83 reviews

A heart-rending, profoundly moving novel about protecting the ones you love from the secrets that will hurt them most.

Cassie and Erin are sisters. They are close - in age, looks and personality - but there is one crucial difference: Cassie is adopted.

At seventeen, Cassie sets out to find her birth mother. She is hungry for the truth, but she discovers her adoption was f

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Published June 6th 2019 by Corvus
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Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grace gets the phone call that every parent dreads, her adopted daughter Cassie is in A&E in the Royal Infirmary hospital. Her husband Tom and daughter Erin panic.

The story then goes back 4 months earlier when Cassie decides to find out more about her birth mother and discovers she has a sister called Leah.

This is a beautifully written emotional book that explores family life and the consequences of keeping secrets from you’re nearest and dearest. Should you’re loyalties lie with you’re adop
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Forgotten Sister by Caroline Bond is the story of Cassie who decides to find her birth mother and finds that everything she has been told by her adoptive parents was far from true.
This story is full of lies and secrets with quite a few unlikable characters.
Thank you to NetGalley and Atlantic Books for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
Rachel Hall
Intense family drama on the subject of adoption, questions of omission & divided loyalties.

The Forgotten Sister starts in the most dramatic and ominous of fashions with two parents receiving the devastating news that their daughter has been brought into A&E and this sets the tone for an intense family drama that often makes for difficult reading. Caroline Bond’s story certainly pulls no punches with a look at the secrets between families and the devastating repercussions they can have in
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'm a big fan of Caroline Bond after reading The Second Child. The Forgotten Sister is heartbreaking but a excellent page turner.

Cassie and Erin are sisters, but Cassie is adopted. As Cassie gets just a little more older she wants the truth as to why she was adopted. Once Cassie is told the truth she is affected by what she had just been told about her birth mother, I did feel sorry for Cassie by what she had just been told, any young child must surely be
Eve beinguniquebooks
Erin is the youngest sister, Cassie is seventeen dating Ryan a guy her dad can't stand until things go wrong and he can't help his daughter as she shuts herself off withdrawing from the family.

For Grace and Tom, Cassie completed their lives their adopted daughter until a shock pregnancy also gave them Erin their true genetic daughter.

So when Cassie starts to question her adoption, life starts to change dramatically with her mood worsening and her parents being pushed away as she posts online an
Fay Flude
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a truly super read and I am in awe of the author Caroline Bond. She has created the most heart-breaking moral dilemma of a tale, a story of sisters, of love and guilt, deception and neglect as well as a vivid portrayal of the parents' (misguided?) attempts to protect. It is terrifyingly realistic, brutal in its honesty about the care system and the psychological damage of abuse, trauma and separation. It is an exploration of blood ties versus ties formed from love, structure and parents ...more
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tom (white) and Grace (black) are married and unable to have children so opt to adopt. When a little three-year-old mixed-race baby (Cassadie) becomes available they are overjoyed but not keen to also adopt her half-sister Leah (white) because of her massive rage, control and self-harm issues which they witness first hand. Shortly thereafter Grace falls pregnant with Erin and they believe their family to be complete. Weighed down with guilt for leaving Leah behind, Grace writes a yearly letter t ...more
Dee Groocock
An interesting story on what could happen when you don’t tell the truth regarding your daughters adoption. All is well in Cassies life until she starts to think about her real mum. Life starts to spiral for her and is made so much worse when she finds out she has a sister called Leah. Leah is everything Cassie isn’t, nasty, manipulative and violent. Will it all work out for Cassie and everyone involved eventuall?
I felt the author wrote quite a difficult story and covered the emotions of everyone
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cassie is a beautiful 17 year old who seems to have everything – a nice house, professional hardworking parents, money and a great little sister, Erin. However at 17 she feels the need to discover who she is. Why was she adopted, why did her birth mother give her away? This sets the whole family on an emotional rollercoaster which could end in disaster.

This is an intensely emotional book which at times was hard to read. How loyal should you be to your adopted family if they lie to you? Does your
Sue Parker
Like many other readers, I agree that you cannot describe this book as an enjoyable read. It is hard hitting and brutal at times. A novel about how adoption can go on being problematic way beyond the first few years and how the relationships broken and reformed have ripple effects for many years and even generations. I have friends who are/have been involved in different aspects of fostering and adoption and can tell you that this story is not beyond the realm of realism. Perhaps a bit too long ...more
Linda Hepworth
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After trying for many years to have a child of their own, Grace and Tom adopted Cassie when she was three years old. They had immediately bonded with the bright, lively child and, when not long afterwards, Grace became pregnant, the arrival of daughter Erin completed their family. Whilst quite different in personality, the two sisters become very close, are mutually supportive and grow up confident that they are loved by their parents. Although Cassie has always known she was adopted she has nev ...more
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second novel by Caroline Bond and it did not disappoint. Like The Second Child this is a tale all about families and how they operate behind those suburban curtains. Somehow Ms Bond manages to take you to situations you have no experience of, in this case adoption, and sucks you right in.

The Forgotten Sister is all about Cassie and her adopted family of parents Tom and Grace and their "natural" daughter Erin. Everything is going as well as can be expected for a family with two teena
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cassie was the child Grace and Tom had been waiting two long years for their adoption society to find for them. She was beautiful and innocent; everything they had dreamed about. The adoption goes ahead and soon they are a family. Soon afterwards Grace falls pregnant. What a shock for them both, but a second daughter, Erin, completes their perfect family. They are a professional couple with a lovely house and hearts full of love. They nurture their girls through all of their milestones and make ...more
Cheryl M-M
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the story of a young girl called Cassie and her attempt to find out more about her past and her biological family. It's also a way of shining the spotlight on the inadequacies of an overburdened system and the children who get lost in the system.

In general a lot of people like to think that an adopted child or person should be eternally grateful, especially when they have been raised in a loving environment by their adopted parents. That there shouldn't be any questions about their lives
Caroline Kerdouci
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
At first glance this book might appear to be a depressing read but please don’t be disheartened. Tackling the tough subject of adoption and failings of the care system, the author writes sensitively about the lives of Tom and Grace, their adopted daughter Cassie and their other daughter Erin. Tom and Grace rescue Cassie from the care system when she is just four years old so she only really knows what it is like to be part of a loving family living a privileged middle class existence. Life for t ...more
Lel Budge
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Forgotten Sister starts with Grace relieving the phone call all mothers dread , her daughter, Cassie is in A&E…..

Cassie Haines is Seventeen and had been adopted as a small child by Grace and Tom, who also have their younger daughter born after Cassie was adopted, a miracle baby. Erin and both girls are as close as sisters can be…

When Cassie visits a family planning clinic she is asked questions about her medical history and she feels it’s time to know more about her biological family…so
Lel Budge
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Forgotten Sister starts with Grace relieving the phone call all mothers dread , her daughter, Cassie is in A&E…..

Cassie Haines is Seventeen and had been adopted as a small child by Grace and Tom, who also have their younger daughter born after Cassie was adopted, a miracle baby. Erin and both girls are as close as sisters can be…

When Cassie visits a family planning clinic she is asked questions about her medical history and she feels it’s time to know more about her biological family…so
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
17 year old Cassie has a normal life. She has a job, she goes to college, she has a boyfriend and a loving family. Only Cassie thinks her parents are holding back on her. She has always known that she was adopted, but it never seemed to matter until recently, when she started having dreams about her childhood that don't seem to square with what she has always been told about her birth mother.

The Forgotten Sister is a fascinating family drama looking at adoption, childhood and the lies we tell o
Emma (escapetothebookshelf)
This story is about Cassie's quest to find out some more information about her birth mother. Her adoptive parents are not so keen for her to do so and their determination in this mean that cracks start to appear in their familial relationships.

I'm finding it quite hard to review this book. I liked the story and the writing but I didn't like many of the characters which I found difficult in a highly character and relationship focused novel. Many of the decisions and actions taken by Cassie's ado
Nicola Smith
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is going to be such a hard book to review as the blurb doesn't tell even half of the story. Don't worry, I'm not going to spoil it for you as I think it's better if it's a journey of discovery for you just as it was for me.

The Forgotten Sister is the story of a family: Grace and Tom, and their children, Cassie and Erin. Cassie is adopted but has never felt like the odd one out in the family or that she didn't belong in the same way Erin did. But a few questions from a doctor make her realis
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cassie has always known that she was adopted, she lives a happy life in a lovely house with her adoptive parents and their daughter Erin who she sees as her sister. At seventeen she becomes unsettled and feels that she really needs to know about her past. Her parents tell her the story of how she came to be part of their family, but Cassie is sure that they are not telling her everything and that there is a lot more to the story. She sets out to find out the truth, which is not as straight forw ...more
Jayne Burnett
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Net Galley and Atlantic Books for an ARC of this book in exchange for a review.
Enjoyed this book, it’s a family story, about relationships and the dynamics within Cassies’s family. Cassie was adopted as a 3 year old by Tom and Grace who are over joyed to have this precious little mixed race girl as their daughter, and a few years later they have a 2nd daughter of their own, Erin, the two girls are much loved and they have as tight a bond as blood sisters.
Who then is the forgotten sis
Nicki Southwell
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Adoption, teenage angst, growing up, neglect, life in care – this has it all. You won't be bored for a second and are more likely to keep reading until the end.

Two young girls, born to a chaotic mother with different fathers, are eventually found and taken into protective care. Their lives have been basic, and the eldest has done her best to bring up her sister Cassidie. As Leah was only seven years old, it was quite a feat.

Tom and Grace decided that they were not going to be blessed with a chil
Mary O'Connor
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what to expect from this book, I had never heard of the author before. I found it to be a pleasant surprise. The book is about a girl called Cassie who is adopted from a young age by a couple who were not successful having their own child (until after the adoption). Cassie makes a decision to embark on finding her birth mum, though she was warned of her mum's inability to cope, by her adopted parents. The story follows Cassie and the realisations that come to her along the way. Thi ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a really hard one to review. The content is at times upsetting - the synopsis makes it clear it is about adoption, and at the start it’s just about the basic difficulties of not knowing your background. But as the book carries on, some of the more difficult aspects of adoption/foster are introduced and makes for very challenging reading.

Leah in particular was a very complex character. Sometimes I felt really bad for her and the trauma she’d experienced, then something would happen and I
Vanessa Wild
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read via the Pigeonhole app! The Forgotten Sister begins with a call from the hospital to a mother about her daughter who has been hurt in an accident. The reader is then taken back in time to four months previously where Cassie, who was adopted as a toddler, finds out she has an older sister. This leads her on quite a journey, some of it disturbing.

This is quite an emotional read. It brought a tear to my eye! 😢. It emphasises that blood is not always thicker than water and parenti
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Karen Norris
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another book by Caroline Bond that pulls at the heart strings.
Starts off with Cassie’s parents getting a phone call that every parent fears... a call from the hospital. They rush to emergency services and the story goes back about 4 months to how it all began.
Cassie is adopted... over the next few chapters you find out some of the background to her life as to ‘what she knows’.
It shows how complicated some lives can be, and not every memory she has started to recall is as it seems, who can she
Joanne McCall
May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very well written but I did struggle with it. It's an easy read but really pulls at the old heart strings.
It's based around Cassie, who was adopted & sets about finding her birth mother. Things take an unusual twist (which I didnt really see coming), and nearly drive Cassie & her family apart. Her parents have lied to about a vital part of her life before coming to them.
Cassie tries to make sense of it all & deal with it on her own, without help from her parents, with
Angela L
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a thought provoking book this is. Cassie knows she is adopted and has an enviable life. She's got a younger sister, caring parents and a boyfriend - things are good.
In fact she hadn't really given her previous life any thought, until a doctor's appointment raises the question of family history/health.
Suddenly the urge to find out more becomes all encompassing, she starts to have vivid images and dreams about her early childhood and has a massive urge to find her mother.
She's told that her e
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