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 while cleaning out Angela’s apartment, Shayna makes a startling discovery: a coded message meant for her alone…
Alive. Trust no one.
Taking the warning to heart, Shayna maintains the lie. She makes a positive ID on the remains and works to find out where—and why—her missing sister is hiding. Shayna retraces her sister’s footsteps, and they lead her down into Paris’s underbelly.
As she gets closer to the truth—and to the killer—Shayna’s own life may now be in the balance…
• Selected as one of POPSUGAR’s “31 New Thriller and Mystery Books to Look Out For in 2020”
• Selected for the Amazon First Reads program, March 2020
• #1 Best Seller in Kindle Store
• Amazon Charts Best Seller
Praise for The Missing Sister:
“Marr’s debut novel follows a San Diego medical student to, around, and ultimately beneath Paris in search of the twin sister she’d been drifting away from. Notable for its exploration of the uncanny bonds twins share and the killer’s memorably macabre motive.” —Kirkus Reviews
“[A] gritty debut…the intriguing premise, along with a few twists, lend this psychological thriller some weight.” —Publishers Weekly
“Elle Marr’s first novel has an intriguing premise…The characters are well-drawn and complex, and Marr’s prose offers some surprising twists…” —New York Journal of Books
“A promising plotline…” —Library Journal
“The Missing Sister is a very promising debut—atmospheric, gripping, and set in Paris. In other words, the perfect ingredients for a satisfying result.” —Criminal Element
“Brimming with eerie mystery and hair-raising details…A chilling read that shows the unique bond of twins.” —Woman’s World
“This thrilling debut novel from Elle Marr is a look into the importance of identity and the strength of sisterhood.” —Brooklyn Digest
Available now in e-book, paperback, MP3, and audiobook formats.
Book Club Discussion Questions:
How would you describe the relationship between Shayna and Angela?
Why was the story narrated from Shayna’s point of view and not Angela’s?
How did you feel about the inclusion of Angela’s emails? How did they effect your understanding of Shayna? Of Angela?
The Missing Sister takes place in Paris, France, far from the sisters’ childhood home in San Diego, California. How does this story explore transformational change through travel? Could the same emotional growth have occurred in San Diego?
Author Elle Marr has mentioned in interviews her overall interest in issues of race. In what ways does the issue of race play into The Missing Sister? To what end?
Elle Marr has said that grief plays a theme in The Missing Sister, in that the sisters mourn the loss of their parents over several years. What other characters’ actions are driven by grief? In negative ways? In positive ways?
Who was your favorite character and why?
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