Intense, evocative and electric with the obsessive friendship between two Canadian college students, Laurie Petrou’s Stargazer is a gripping thriller that exposes a fine line between sisterly bonds and the toxicity of dependence. It’s the summer of 1995, and Diana and Aurelle are on the cusp of starting freshman year at a remote college on the woods, living together in Diana’s parents’ cottage. United by a desire to shed the identities bestowed on them by their wealthy backgrounds, the young women are inseparable, though there are considerable differences between them, with a poison simmering through their relationship. Ambitious, socially awkward Diana has long been bullied by her brother, and she’s long been beguiled by Aurelle’s family, too – Aurelle’s mother is a glamourous celebrity fashion designer. But college sees Diana reinvent herself, to the extent that she’ll stop at nothing to seize the fame she’s so long sought. As the plot slips between the beginning of the girls’ relationship, to an explosive unravelling, we see how insecurity and envy unleash betrayal and cruelty, and we’re invited to think about the nature of privilege. Un-put-downable for fans of female-focused literary thrillers with coming-of-age edge.
Two sisters. One fire. A secret that won't burn out. The Grayson sisters are trouble. Everyone in their small town knows it. But noone can know of the secret that binds them together. Hattie is the light. Penny is the darkness. Together, they have balance. But one night the balance is toppled. A match is struck. A fire is started. A cruel husband is killed. The potential for a new life flickers in the fire's embers, but resentment, guilt, and jealousy suffocate like smoke. Their lives have been engulfed in flames will they ever be able to put them out? Steeped in intrigue and suspense, Sister of Mine is a powerhouse debut; a sharp, disquieting thriller written in stunning, elegant prose with a devastating twist. Fans of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies and Shari Lapena's The Couple Next Door will be utterly absorbed by this compulsively readable novel.
When is a debt ever fully paid?Penny and Hattie are sisters in a small town, bound tight to the point of knots. They share a secret they cannot escape, even while it pulls them apart. One night, a match is lit, and Pennys terrible husband is killed a marriage going up in flames, and offering the potential of a new life. The sisters retreat into their family home a house of secrets and memories and try to live in the shadow of what they put in motion. But Pennys husband is not the only thing they are hiding, from the outside world and from each other. Under a cloud of long-held resentments, sibling rivalry, and debts unpaid, the bonds of sisterhood begin to crack. How long will Penny and Hattie demand the unthinkable of each other? How often will they say, You owe me, and when will it ever be enough?