“She will say I am sorry and Valerie will say none of it was your fault, it was all his, I believe you. No reply. She has to leave a message because phones are not allowed in prison and Valerie is visiting Solomon.”
The psychologically intense second novel from Catherine Chanter, author of The Well – a Richard and Judy Book Club pick
When she was sixteen, Diana left her unhappy family and set out to make a new life. Twenty-five years later, she has arrived. Recently married to Edmund, she lives with him at his family’s historic country home.
But when Diana hears that her mother has died, she impulsively asks estranged half-sister Valerie and her nine-year-old son to stay. The night of the funeral, fueled by wine and years of resentment, the sisters argue and a terrible accident occurs. The foundations of a well-ordered life start to crack and the lies begin to surface, one dangerous secret after another. And then there’s the boy, watching, waiting.
The Half Sister is a profound and haunting portrayal of those who are imprisoned by their past and by the struggle to find the words which will release them.
“Gripping … Filled with the acute psychological insights that distinguished the author’s debut The Well … Chanter’s gift for depicting emotional upheaval pervades this tale of crumbling families”
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“Darkly unfolds with family secrets, moral complexities and slow-burning revenge … This young boy’s journey of personal growth beyond the difficulties in his past is the emotional backbone of an eerie, page-turning family thriller”
”PRAISE FOR THE WELL: A markedly assured new voice”
“Astoundingly assured … A brilliant writer”
“I loved this book”
Jessie Burton, Author Of The Miniaturist
Catherine Chanter was born and raised in the West Country. She has led education provision within the NHS for young people with significant mental health problems and currently works for a charity which seeks to engage excluded and vulnerable children and teenagers in learning.
Her debut novel, The Well, won the 2013 Lucy Cavendish Prize for Unpublished Fiction, was longlisted for the 2015 CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, and was picked for the Richard and Judy Book Club.