Books About Siblings Like The Dutch House
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett is a 2019 novel with a story that spans multiple decades. The title refers to a mansion that is located in Pennsylvania, which served as a home to the Conroy family in the novel. The husband Cyril buys the mansion as a surprise to Elna, his wife, however, she not only dislikes the place but also eventually abandons him and their two children. The real focus of the story is the two siblings, Danny, and Maeve who eventually have nobody to rely on except for each other after the death of their father. It is a moving story about their bond, but it is also tinged with darker elements. For more tales about siblings, that explores both the positive and negative sides of the family bond, check out the following books like The Dutch House.
by Kim Michele Richardson
The Sisters of Glass Ferry by Kim Michele Richardson is another novel that not only spans several decades but also deals with the bond between siblings. The setting is Glass Ferry, Kentucky, which is known for its bourbon. Flannery Butler is the only person who her father, Beauregard, trusted with the recipes for his whiskey, which was known to be some of the best in the state. However, this is not the only secret that she keeps. Flannery also had a twin sister named Patsy who was older than her by just eight minutes. Unfortunately, Patsy disappeared along with her date on the night of her prom and nobody knows what happened. Their mother is convinced that Patsy will return one day, but it isn't until much later that the truth of what happened on that fateful day emerges.
by Barbara O'Neal
When We Believed In Mermaids is a novel by Barbara O'Neal, who also wrote The Art of Inheriting Secrets. It tells the story of Kit, who is an ER doctor in Santa Cruz. Kit has had to live with the fact that her sister, Josie Bianci, was killed years ago during a terrorist track on a train. However, one day Kit sees a woman who looks exactly like her sister during live coverage on television. Kit has to face up to the truth that Josie did not die 15 years previously and is now living in New Zealand. This prompts her to travel to New Zealand to find her sister. The story continues to weave between the past and the present as Kit recalls the childhood that she had with Josie and the bond that they had with each other.
by S.D. Robertson
My Sister's Lies by S.D. Robertson is the tale of Hannah, a woman with a seemingly perfect life. She is happily married and has a great job. Besides, her decision not to have any children means that she has plenty of freedom as well. The only regret she has is that her sister hasn't spoken to her in more than ten years due to a fall-out the two had. This changes when Diane, her sister, shows up on her doorstep one day with a teenage daughter named Mia in tow. Diane requests that Hannah watch over Mia for a few days and Hannah is glad to accept. However, when the few days turn into weeks Hannah begins to worry about her sister. What she doesn't know is that Diane is keeping a secret that could destroy Hannah's perfect life.
by K.L. Slater
The Silent Ones by K.L. Slater is a psychological thriller where two ten-year-old cousins, Maddy and Brianna, are arrested for a terrible crime. Their small village community is horrified by the event, but Juliet, Maddy's mother can't believe that her child is even capable of the crime. The two girls retreat into self-imposed silence, which causes even great friction between Juliet and her sister. However, the two women have their own terrible secrets lurking in their past, which is something that they swore never to talk about again. Juliet realizes that she has to find out what really happened with her darling daughter, but in the process, she and her sister will be forced to confront their own past.
by Sarah A. Denzil
The Liar's Sister by Sarah A. Denzil is also a psychological thriller that is set in a quiet village and featuring two sisters, Rosie and Heather Shrape. The story picks up a decade after a family loses their son, Samuel, in the quiet village of Buckthorpe. The boy is never found and Rosie Sharpe spent weeks afterward crying over her missing friend. However, her sister Heather has a secret that nobody else knows. On the night that Samuel was last seen, Heather was awake and watched as Rosie climbed in through the window of their childhood bedroom. Rosie knows that something is very wrong because Heather's jacket is torn and she is trembling with fear, but never tells anyone about what she saw. Then, as the now-grown sisters return to their childhood home after their mother falls ill Heather finally confronts Rosie about what happened. What Rosie tells her shocks Heather, but can she trust her?