Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Missing Sister” as Want to Read:
The Missing Sister
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Missing Sister

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  14,143 ratings  ·  967 reviews
In Paris, her twin sister has vanished, leaving behind three chilling words: Trust no one.

Shayna Darby is finally coming to terms with her parents’ deaths when she’s delivered another blow. The body of her estranged twin sister, Angela—the possible victim of a serial killer—has been pulled from the Seine. Putting what’s left of her life on hold, Shayna heads to Paris. But
Paperback, 300 pages
Published April 1st 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Missing Sister, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Elle Marr For me, this story is about two very close sisters whose relationship vacillates between healthy and unhealthy. However, I do have twins in my family.…moreFor me, this story is about two very close sisters whose relationship vacillates between healthy and unhealthy. However, I do have twins in my family. I also did significant research into codependent relationships and the personality disorders that drive much of these sisters' communication issues. Great question! Thank you for asking. (less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.55  · 
Rating details
 ·  14,143 ratings  ·  967 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of The Missing Sister
Mar 01, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Waste of time.

Shayna goes to Paris after her sister is found dead. She reads a message in their secret twin language that she is really alive, so decides to retrace the steps of her sisters last days to try and find her.

The story was underdeveloped and mystery was short lived. Ending predictable and it was slow to get there. There is little to no build up for the suspense; I was continuously bored and just wanted to just flip to the last few pages because everything in between was so pointless.
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Hooray! Unpopular review alert! It didn’t reach to let’s stay in the middle kind of three starred Switzerland status. I wish it could.

Beginning of the novel was intriguing and promising made me think I was about to start something action packed, fast paced, exciting but a few chapters later: My jaw started to hurt because of too much yawning. I started to see double and blurry. Nope, of course I didn’t drink more than two glasses of my favorite brand of Chardonnay! I took several naps and when
Julie Griffith Buckley
The Missing Sister captured me on the first page and did not let me go until the last. It explores the depth of the bond between identical twins, in particular, and brothers and sisters, in general. Shayna has come to Paris after the disappearance and possible murder of her identical twin, Angela. All has not been well with the twins of late, and they have not communicated for the past three years. After arriving in Paris, Shayna discovers a message left for her by Angela in a secret language th ...more
Linda Strong

Shayna Darby has received a horrible email informing her of the death of her identical twin sister who has been living in Paris for several years.

Leaving her California home and flying to France, she is surprised by Angela's boyfriend, who has a key to Angela's apartment ... just something else Shayna didn't know about her sister. Much to her amazement, there is a message ... meant only for Shayna. As twins and as young children they invented their own secret language. The message, written in th
Louise Wilson
Apr 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shayna goes to Paris when she heard that her twin sister, Angela had been murdered. Angela had left a message for Shayna saying "trust no one", it was written in a code the twins had made up. Shayna and Angela had not spoken since their parents died in a car crash three years ago. Now, part of a school shooting, Angela is presumed dead. Shayna tried to find out what happened to her sister.

Thenstory is told from Shayna's perspective. It has a beautiful and descriptive style in writing. A serial k
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
Shaina’s twin sister is killed and she’s called to Paris to identify the body. Except when she arrives, a cryptic message in her sister’s apartment that only she can read (in their secret twin language) pleads that she’s not really dead. And to trust no one.

Creepy start.

So Shaina picks up the pieces of her sister’s life, following her footsteps around Paris (this was a cool read if you’re looking for a tourist sort of escape to Paris—really great descriptions of popular sites, particularly the
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing

C’est ici l’empire de la mort

For here is the empire of death

Shayna Darby knows about loss.

She lost both of her parents when she was only 21 years old and now she has to fly to Paris to identify her estranged twin sister’s body in the morgue.

When she arrives in France and goes to her sister’s apartment she finds a message that only she can decipher:

Alive. Trust no one.

From then on it’s a race against time to find her twin and discover the truth beneath the layers of lies and the masses
Andrea Pole
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Missing Sister by Elle Marr is an ambitious novel and, I must admit, I am struggling to articulate my thoughts. The writing and premise are excellent, however I did grapple with the execution of a plot that I think tries to tackle too much, and becomes a bit chaotic at times as a result..

Shayna Darby flies to Paris to identify the body of her twin sister Angela who has purportedly been murdered. While trying to come to grips with this, Shayna sees a coded message that only she and her sister
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reading the blurb I thought this would be a great read. Instead it was a big dissapointment. Try as I might I didn't get into the story at all. I love it when you can't stop turning pages cause you NEED to find out what will happen next. "The missing sister" was exactly the opposite. The story was all over the place, there was no rhythm at all, as soon as it seemed to pick up then it was slowed down again with nothing happening for several chapters... I felt like I had to force myself to keep on ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-copies
An interesting synopsis that caught my attention immediately. Unfortunately it's a bit of a slow read, I had a tough time connecting and kept putting it down. I powered through the last 20% because I HAD to know the outcome. The French writing tripped me up quite a bit, not knowing the language and having it come up often - sometimes without the translation was a bit frustrating. Overall this was just an ok read.

Thanks so much to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for my review copy!
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shayna’s parents have both passed away in an accident and just when she is beginning to process this, she has news that her twin sister has been killed. Shayna was estranged from her sister since her parents death, but she knows she needs to go to Paris, where her sister Angela was living, to find out what happened. When she arrives she is told police have recovered her body, but it is mostly unidentifiable. She also finds police have a theory she was killed by a serial killer. With so many unan ...more
Lynda Kelly
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my Kindle First selection for this month. I think all in all I found it a little too heavy on the descriptive for my personal liking, though the story IS an intriguing one. What merited it an additional star for me was that there are NO MISTAKES and if you happen across any of my reviews you'll know this is a bloody miracle !!! It is so impressive and proves it can be done, which is why I get so irritated when 99% of digital books are slung out there with heaps of mistakes.
I was fascinat
Natasha | readwithnatasha
This one is so hard for me to review!

The synopsis (that I'm sure you've already seen, but I'm going to tell you again anyway) hooked me - Sister gets a message that her twin is dead and she needs to ID her body. She flies to Paris and goes to her sister's apartment only to find a cryptic message on her whiteboard "Alive. Trust No One." Like woah. I'm there for that. What happened to the sister? Where is she? What shady thing is she involved in?

I'd like to start with the good stuff - 1. The syn
O Prism
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I delayed reading this book, as I didn’t think it would be exciting. Boy, was I wrong - it was EXCELLENT! One twin goes to Paris to search for her missing sister, and finds a clue that she is alive, but to trust no one. There are many dynamics at play here - how twins “know” things about each other, estrangement, betrayal, trust issues, with each other and nearly everyone they encounter. I thought the story started a little slow and meandering, but the pace quickly picked up, and the ending was ...more
Fiction Addition Angela
Identical twins Angela and Shayna have been estranged for a few years until Angela who lives in Paris goes missing.
Shayna flies from America to try to find her missing sister and finds a message from her sister wrote in a secret script they used growing up. Everyone else thinks she’s dead.
Shayna then has to try to discover the truth... Trips to the catacombs, restaurants, secret underground brothels.
Elle Marr is a great writer but I found it difficult to connect to the characters. Shayna seemed
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a twin, so I loved this book, primarily about twins, from the start. When Shayna's sister goes missing in Paris, Shayna has to travel to this unfamiliar city to find out if she's dead or alive, and if alive, where? The author has a great hook at the start, and keeps the reader guessing and urging the protagonist on. A great thriller!

The only two things that turned me off of this book is one, the over-done-ness of the twin thing. I am a twin, and I have never in my life referred to my other
LianaReads blog
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much.
I couldn't stop reading after the first chapter. It's engaging and the mystery is so well done.
I liked the idea of mixed race twins , the description of Paris , all the small details from the taxi drive to the hotel, cafeteria and every shop or surrounding. The underworld as well because we often don't get to much insight about one of the most visited city in the world.
As for the story itself, it's full of mystery and will keep you on the edge until you finished the
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book! Had fun reading it, and kept me on my toes the whole time. Great character development and fascinating storyline.
Doris Wiggins
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Angela is missing and her twin sets out to find her. There is a message that she is alive and to trust no one. Surely that warning doesn't extend to her missing twins boyfriend.
In the search for her twin she will encounter all kinds of people. None of them are whom they appear to be.
In the end the only one she can trust is herself. Her determination to find her sister leads her into the most dangerous and difficult places she will ever go. And in the end she does have to learn who to trust and
Mar 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
Would have rated it higher, but ultimately flunked it because, if she was going leave her sister a message, why not leave the name of her kidnapper? I mean, really? Her clues could not have been worse!
❤Marie Gentilcore
I want to start off with thanking Goodreads for this Kindle Giveaway. The Missing Sister was an intriguing mystery-thriller about a twin, Shayna, who comes to Paris to identify the body of her twin sister, Angela, who was murdered. However, once she is in her sister’s apartment, she discovers a message in their twin code that says “Trust No One.” So begins Shayna’s journey for the truth of what happened to her sister. There were many twists and turns and I enjoyed reading to the satisfying concl ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
After learning that her twin sister is dead, Shayna travels to Paris to identify her body. But once she arrives she sees a message written by Angela,saying that Angela is alive and that Shayna should not trust anyone.
I really liked 2 things about this novel. First, that our main characters were of mix race. They were born in the US,while being half Chinese (and half Irish, if I'm not mistaken). So there were interesting discussions on what that feels like,on the sense of belonging, on how rude
Donna Hines
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
"Trust No ONE"
No truly you have to watch out for yourself but for twins it becomes a bit more complicated because they share a special 'bond' a bond that is driven by 'blood'.
Twin sisters Shayna and her estranged twin Angela are about to embark on a journey that's quite odd to say the least. Catacombs in Paris were long used by Nazi's in WWII but now these underground tunnels and darkened areas of history might hold new meaning.
It's a case that involves more than just a mystery as Angela goes mi
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me in ebook form by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. As always with NetGalley, the cover and description are what really drew me to this book!

I admit this book was a struggle for me to get through. It wasn't a quick read, and it didn't have enough action to keep me turning the pages. However, the synopsis and the characters are what kept me reading. I wanted to know what happened to Angela and more about their childhood, secret language, and what really happened
Stephanie Jean
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am sorry for the shorter review but I’m heading to work and will update a more in depth review at a later date. Let me just say I really found this to be a great read with the perfect amount of suspense.

Thank you Netgalley for the Arc in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and are completely unbiased!
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: March 15th 2020

"Grief is a bizarre beast that can make us see and do things that don't make sense. Memory adjusts and omits with the slightest nudge, let alone under circumstances like mine."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

(view spoiler)
The Missing Sister by Elle Marr was one of those thrillers that has you gripped from the start, and I really enjoyed how suspenseful it was.

The pace was very steady, and I couldn't wait to find out what had happened to Angela and who the killer was. I think Marr did a really good job of making you suspicious of everyone and even though I wasn't super shocked by the ending, a couple of things definitely surprised me. The end merges into disturbing and a touch gory, but the majority of the book is
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Come to Paris. Your sister is dead.

Shayna Darby has already felt deep loss but then she gets message that her estranged twin sister, Angela, has been pulled from the Seine. Shayna heads to Paris to make an ID on the remains found. When she arrive to her sister's appartment she discover a coded message meant for her alone…

Alive. Trust no one.

MISSING SISTER had an intriguing premise and I liked the setting of Paris...


...but this story was kinda slow and boring. Its told in the 1st person n
Alyssa Smith
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley, the author and the publisher for this ARC.

What a gritty thriller. It had a da Vinci Code type feel to it. The description of the catacombs beneath Paris gave me goosebumps. More than once, I paused reading to google about what the author was writing about. It was an added bonus. I got a good thriller, a few twists and turns, and a history lesson. I had no idea about the 6 million Parisians buried beneath the city. How creepy right? This book was creepy awesome, plain and
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Missing Sister by Elle Marr is set in Paris where two estranged sisters, Angela and Shayna, become involved in a mysterious disappearance. This mystery leads to an investigation with the Paris authorities through the darkest parts of the city of Paris, the catacombs, brothels and the underworld. An interesting study of the emotional connection and dysfunction of these sisters and the underlining story. It is hard to deny the bond and love they share for each other. I received this book from ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Librari...: Delete quote 3 17 Feb 28, 2021 09:13AM  
Please combine 1 1 Feb 05, 2021 11:25AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Liar's Sister
  • Behind Every Lie
  • The Rival
  • The New Husband
  • Perfect Kill (D.I. Callanach, #6)
  • The Guest List
  • The Girl Before You
  • No Bad Deed
  • The Last Affair
  • Her Mother's Lies
  • The Love Story of Missy Carmichael
  • The Look-Alike
  • Close to You
  • Ghoster
  • The Two Lives of Lydia Bird
  • We Met in December
  • Please See Us
  • The Truth Hurts
See similar books…
Originally from Sacramento, Elle Marr graduated from UC San Diego before moving to France, where she earned a master’s degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris. She now lives and writes in Oregon with her husband, son, and one very demanding feline.

Her debut thriller THE MISSING SISTER was an Amazon Charts Best Seller, the #24 Best Selling eBook of 2020 on Amazon, a #1 Amazon Best Seller, fea

News & Interviews

  In most romances, a romp in the hay comes after many chapters of meeting cute, silent pining, and steamy banter. Not so for books that...
15 likes · 1 comments
“Science is always at its limit until it surpasses itself. The earth is flat until it is not, gravity pulls greater on a fat man until it does not, and there are only sixty elements in the periodic table until there are not.” He pauses, inviting me to disagree with him. “We’re only a few steps short of understanding the final mysteries this world has to offer. Until we learn there are more.” 0 likes
“I smile because you are my sister. I laugh because you can’t do anything about it. —Unknown” 0 likes
More quotes…