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The Deadly Sister

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  989 ratings  ·  209 reviews
From the author of School for Dangerous Girls, another suspenseful stunner about a girl who helps her sister escape from a murder charge - and then falls for the murder victim's brother.

Abby Goodwin is sure her sister Maya isn't a murderer. But her parents don't agree. Her friends don't agree. And the cops definitely don't agree. Maya is a drop-out, a stoner, a girl who's
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press
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Chrissy Eichhorn
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it
This a book with the biggest twist at the End. I almost jumped out of my seat.
Jun 14, 2010 rated it did not like it
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Abby has always protected her troublemaking sister Maya from the consequences of her behavior. Now, Maya is suspected of killing her secret boyfriend and Abby is not going to let her little sister go down for murder, guilty or not.

The premise of Abby's protection never made a lot of sense to me. If Maya has been the target of abuse or bullying or even unfair treatment, I could understand Abby's willingness to sacrifice herself. I didn't feel an emotional connection between the two that would jus
Rose Haertl
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Abby Goodwin has been taking care of her sister since she was just a little girl. Her younger sister, Maya, is a drop-out stoner who has a record for getting in trouble with the law. However, when one night, Mayaś boyfriend Jefferson is murdered, Abby must help Maya escape and prove her innocent to the police. However, Abby is holding a big secret from her sister, and who to trust is a hard choice.

I gave this book five stars because I feel the author did a great job with the plot
Feb 06, 2011 rated it liked it
This is one of the most chilling books I've read in a long time. Sisters Abby and Maya Goodwin, are night and day, black and white, good vs evil. The trouble is we have things backwards and things are not always as they seem. Abby has always come to her sister's defense, gotten her out of trouble, and had her back. Yet, when Maya does an unthinkable deed, Abby charges into action and get her ducks all lined up in a row to prove her sister's innocence. Jefferson Andrews, the most popular boy in s ...more
Jun 14, 2010 rated it it was ok
I would give this somewhere between two and three stars.

Things I liked:
*I never got bored with the book, or thought about not finishing it. The author did a good job with the pace of the book
*I liked Cheyenne and Brian
*I didn't figure out the end of the book
*It reminded me of the Christopher Pike books I read as a teenager that I really liked at that time.

Things I disliked:
*Cheyenne and Brian were the only 2 characters I liked (though I disagreed with Cheyenne's choice at the end)
*Even though I
Mandy Swift
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
What it's about:
The Deadly Sister by: Eliot Schrefer was a great book that left you guessing and turning after each page. This book was about a girl named Abby trying to figure out who murdered her sister's boyfriend. But when her sister looks like the number one suspect and suddenly disapears what is Abby supposed to do? And turning her sister in isn't an option. And what happens when her parents believe that her sister did kill, the most known boy in town? What would you do if your sister was
Jess - The Tales Compendium
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
I am a major fan of Eliot Schrefer's The School for Dangerous Girls and so was very excited when The Deadly Sister landed on my desk. I was also excited because, when I'm not reading YA fiction, I read adult crime novels, so a combination of both really appealed to me.

Essentially this is a crime thriller but with a teenage cast. If you like who-dun-its, teen reads without bubblegum romance and/or you don't like fantasy/sci-fi novels, then this is for you. The Deadly Sister is a suspenseful read
Katie Zellmer
“The Deadly Sister” by Eliot Schrefer is about a girl named Abby who finds a dead guy near where she runs every Saturday. Who she happens to know from school but also because he is her sister, Maya’s, tutor. Maya fell for Jefferson Andrews and became a little obsessive which Abby knew would be bad when she found Maya’s phone at the scene of the crime. Abby knew she had to help her sister so she did all she could to help her go into hiding and divert the police’s attention away from Maya. She bec ...more
Meg Kimball
Sep 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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Nov 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Abby has always been the perfect older sister. She has protected Maya, been her alibi on countless occasions, and remained positive when everyone else was ready to give up. Now, something has happened, and Abby may not have the power to save her little sister this time.

While out for a late night run, Abby stumbles across the body of Jefferson Andrews, the most popular guy in high school. As she tries to wrap her head around the grue
Jodi Papazian
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-reads
The Deadly Sister was an interesting twist on a murder mystery. While it had its slow parts, it definitely made up for that with an exciting and unexpected ending.
Abby has spent her whole life cleaning up the messes that her younger sister Maya makes. However, when Abby discovers the dead body of Jefferson, Maya's tutor/drug dealer/hook-up, she realizes that Maya might be somehow involved. Abby sets out to find her sister and get her some place safe before the police come knocking on their do
Jennifer Rayment
Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Good Stuff

Good twists and turns
Lots of teen angst and drama
Realistic portrayal of family dynamics
clever dialogue makes me want to read other works by author
Fast paced story keeps you interested in reading more (Especially when you should be working)
You really become emotionally attached to main character
Pleasantly surprised that male author portrays a female so realistically (I know sexist). Thinking he must have a teenage daughter
Twisted and dark at times (yes that can be a go
Jaleta Clegg
Apr 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Abby Goodwin has always covered for her younger sister Maya. Whether it's drugs, skipping school, sleeping around, or running away from home, Abby is the good daughter while Maya is the wild child. Or so everyone thinks. When the popular kid from school turns up dead, all fingers point to Maya.

I read the book but didn't really enjoy it. The storyline is very dark, exploring a murky world of teen sex and drugs, making it seem the norm. The story is told first person by Abby, the good sister. Whil
Dominique Cheung (The Book Vault)
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
The Deadly Sister is an great summer mystery! Although confusing at times, readers will enjoy finding clues along with Abby and guessing how they fit into the crime. The twists will keep readers turning the pages until more of Maya, Abby and Jefferson's backgrounds are revealed and the killer discovered! Cleverly worded at some points, this novel allows readers to interpret them how they will, and make their own guesses for who's guilty and who's not.

I feel that the ending could have been a bit
May 28, 2010 rated it it was ok
More like a 2.5. Seemed to hold so much much room for improvement...(most especially by way of character development)...sometimes predictable, sometimes not...and the last few sentences disturbing enough to leave me still stewing. Guess that's something.
Apr 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
What an awesome young adult story! This book flowed so well and had a twist at the end that I didn't see coming! If this guy can write YA thrillers like this and keep the interest of a 43 year old old bird, imagine what he could do with an adult thriller!
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense-mystery
Great book huge twist in the end that I wasn't expecting almost died.
This book started out intriguing and held my attention to the point where I didn't want to put it down. However, it quickly fizzled out for me. There just wasn't much thrill to it. Abby tries a bit too hard to clear her sister's name and there's a good reason for it as you'll soon find out. The clues are all there as to who murdered the womanizing handsome senior that Abby stumbles upon on an early morning walk with her dog, but you may not realize they are clues until they are thrown back at yo ...more
Thia Lee
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I was not expecting that!!! 4.5 stars....

I don't even know where to start. This book was really good. I honestly thought I knew who the killer was from the beginning and thought yep this is going to be one of those typical predictable YA novels. Well I was pleasently wrong!!!! The end WOW. This is one of those books that will have you rolling your eyes and internally yelling at the stupid decisions of the characters, but in the end it all makes sense. What a twist. I mean its been 2 days s
Yesenia Santana
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I would give this book a 3/5 because yes it was good but it wasn't the best, I say this because it started off as Abby caring for her younger sister, like family should do and then she took a huge turn and ended up framing Maya into her being the murder when really she killed Jefferson. At the end of the book she goes and visits Maya in jail and she starts to confront her and Abby plays dumb but then starts to tell us how she killed him and now she kind of has this guilt she has to live with and ...more
Sara Jarecke
WHOOOAA. Not at all what I was expecting. This book has a lot of fun twists and turns, but I don't recommend it if you're just looking for a classic murder mystery. It was well written and composed with very nice plot twists, but I just can't get over how unsatisfying the ending is...
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
No, that's ok.

The plot twist wasn't very twisty. The pacing was pretty bad. The characters? Real flat. Just... no. No, that's ok. You keep it.
Karlee Yingling
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very suspenseful and interesting and always takes a new turn the minute you think you've figured out the plot.
Andrea Lewis
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Such an incredible twist. I very truly couldn’t believe what I was reading. Exciting and eventful from start to finish.
Teresa Jensen
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: washyarg
Twists and turns in this sister rivalry thriller.
Miguel Jophiel Rivas
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Kimmy Atkinson
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Completely unexpected twist...did not see that ending coming, it was well worth the read!!!
Stephanie Geque
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was unexpected cos I'm focusing on the suspect and it was all good like you start investigating yourself that there's something wrong which made you think deeper like a detective
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I write books and then, by an astounding stroke of good fortune, someone publishes them. My first two books, Glamorous Disasters and The New Kid, were for adults, and then I had a momentous lunch with author/editor David Levithan when I became a young adult author.

Since then, you can blame me for a number of titles, including The School for Dangerous Girls, The Deadly Sister, and Endangered. Two