About The Forgotten Sister
To lose your family is heart-breaking.
To be forgotten by them is unforgivable.
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 far more complicated than even she could have imagined. In uncovering her past identity Cassie learns her adoptive parents have kept a terrible secret from her her whole life, which now threatens to destroy everything she has ever held dear.
The Forgotten Sister is a gripping family drama that grabbed me from the very beginning. Its gentle and heartfelt writing explores the complexity of family life, of adopted children and their need for identity and belonging. It's a beautiful book.
The book opens with the news that Cassie has been taken to hospital. Grace, her mother takes the call and we are then transported back four months, slowly building up to present day events.
I was so heavily invested in this book from the very beginning. The characters are so beautifully written, and I found myself immediately connecting with Grace. A mum trying to juggle her roles of mother, wife and worker, all while knowing a secret that could rip the family apart.
I found this book to be incredibly insightful in the topic of adoption and the way that it explored Cassie's thoughts and feelings about her birth mother, and her past. We read an emotional story about a teenage girl who is simply searching for her place in the world.
As well as exploring the role of family and adopted siblings, we also have the burning question of the family secret. What is it and had it led to Cassie being admitted to hospital? It's superb storytelling.
I loved this book for its honesty, its raw emotion and the sensitivity shown in tackling such an emotive subject. Highly recommend.
With thanks to the publisher and Readers First for the paperback.
The Forgotten Sister is published on May 2nd by Corvus.