Through a headline in the paper, Lena Scott learns that her younger half-sister Desiree Pierce was found dead in a Bronx playground the morning after her twenty-fifth birthday party. The two had been estranged for two years as Lena was fed up with Desiree’s destructive behavior after achieving fame on a reality TV show. While the police assume the death was an accidental overdose, Lena doesn’t buy it and is determined to learn the truth as well as deal with her guilt that she never reached out to make amends with Desiree. She reestablishes contact with their father, hip-hop mogul Mel Pierce, who may have some secrets of his own.
In Like a Sister, author Kellye Garrett has created a very appealing character in Lena. She’s been greatly impacted by the loss of her mother and being the child “from a previous relationship” to a famous music executive. Living in the Bronx, she’s working to get her master’s degree at Columbia and plans to start a nonprofit to help Black families cope with cancer. She's smart and brave, especially when she has to put on her “Super Black Woman cape”. You’ll root for Lena as she navigates her way into a world of fleeting fame and social media excess to find out what really happened to Desiree.
Many thanks to Mulholland Books | Little, Brown and Company | Hachette Book Group, Novel Suspects Insiders and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this sharply written, insightful and suspenseful book in advance of its release.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Thriller.
Publication Date: March 8, 2022
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