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 doesn’t belong in the same way Erin does. But a few questions from a doctor make her realise that she would like to find out more about her birth mother. From the moment she makes this decision a fracture starts to form in her perfect family. I can imagine why and I think it’s probably a common situation for adoptees and their families.

We learn about how Cassie’s decision and her behaviour following it affect her parents and her sister. There’s a nice twist to the tale which I didn’t see coming at all and which I thought was really cleverly done. It put a slant on the expected story for me.

I liked the writing style very much, in particular the way the author lets us see something from one point of view and then next from another person’s point of view. It portrayed well the family dynamics and the way that actions can be misinterpreted. It also brings up the nature/nurture debate and whether you are a product of your birth or your upbringing. The Forgotten Sister leads me to think it’s the latter and this is a book that really made me think.

I enjoyed it immensely. It’s a thoughtful read and a moving story of a family in crisis and how they deal with it. I read it very quickly and found it completely compelling. I’m so glad I read it.

Nicola Smith, Short Book and Scribes, 5/5

The Forgotten Sister by Caroline Bond
Corvus 9781786493682 pbk May 2019