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The Sea Sisters

Lucy Clarke

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This novel is a perfect summer read – emotional, moving, and set in beautiful, exotic locations such as California, Maui, Australia and Bali.

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Two sisters, one life-changing journey…There are some currents in the relationship between sisters that run so dark and so deep, it’s better for the people swimming on the surface never to know what’s beneath …Katie’s carefully structured world is shattered by the news that her headstrong younger sister, Mia, has been found dead in Bali – and the police claim it was suicide. With only the entries of Mia’s travel journal as her guide, Katie retraces the last few months of her sister’s life, and – page by page, country by country – begins to uncover the mystery surrounding her death. What she discovers changes everything. But will her search for the truth push their sisterly bond – and Katie – to breaking point? The Sea Sisters is a compelling story of the enduring connection between sisters.


Richard's Review

As Katie travels to Bali, the chapters alternate between her experiences and Mia’s entries in the travel journal. It’s an interesting device, which in fact was the inspiration behind Lucy Clarke’s debut novel. Clarke is a compulsive traveller herself – her husband is a professional windsurfer, and every winter the couple spend as much time as possible abroad.

quoteit’s an absolutely terrific summer readquote

Clarke always keeps a travel journal, and was intrigued by what would happen if such a diary, with its ‘smears of sunscreen and grains of sand’, was read by someone else. What would it reveal about the writer?

Because Clarke has visited all the exotic settings in the book, they are described with complete authenticity. And they’re all stunning, gorgeously depicted.

But the heart of this exceptionally gripping novel is the deep bond between the sisters, the insight into a relationship which, while often troubled and difficult, is essentially one of immense love. Tragically that love is never fully realised until it is too late.

As Katie travels towards Bali, reading Mia’s journal, the truth of her sister’s travels slowly unravels, along with her character. The plot is complex, full of twists and turns, and The Sea Sisters is a real page turner keeping the reader hooked right up to the end. By the last page Katie has completely changed as a person, and her search for the truth about Mia has revealed much about herself.

Judy and I both loved this book. As she writes, it’s an absolutely terrific summer read.

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Judy's Review

This book is a perfect summer read. It’s emotional and moving and set in beautiful sunny locations – California, Maui, Australia and Bali.

The story is about two sisters, Katie and Mia. Although they share a deep bond, they’re very different. Katie is the ‘perfect’ daughter. She has a successful job and an ideal fiancé, Ed, who is wealthy, handsome and sophisticated. Katie needs structure and order in her life.

quoteThis book is a perfect summer readquote

Mia, the younger sister, is the complete opposite. She is a free spirit with a wild streak, a dreamer who loves to travel. Although both sisters grow up at the English seaside, later in their lives the sea begins to divide them, emotionally as well as geographically. Mia wants to explore the world; Katie, perhaps partly in response to their mother’s serious illness, needs the security of staying at home.

Then one day Katie gets the news that Mia has died while travelling in Bali. Even more of a shock, it seems she has committed suicide. Katie knows she must retrace Mia’s steps, using her sister’s travel journal to find out what really happened. The girls’ last phone conversation had turned into a vicious argument, and Katie is devastated by grief and guilt.

So she leaves behind her baffled fiancé, and with her sister’s backpack and travel diary, she begins her journey in Mia’s wake, trying to understand not just how her sister died, but also to feel closer to her. Katie cannot believe Mia would have killed herself.


‘A thrilling and perceptive debut that explores the complex relationship between sisters and loss at its rawest. Trust us, you won’t be able to put it down.’ Cosmopolitan

‘The Sea Sisters is one of those rare books that provokes genuine emotion and prompts you as the reader to think about your own life and relationships. I expect great things from Lucy Clarke and can’t wait for her next book.’ Keep Calm and Read a Book