Oline H Cogdill

“I got all my sisters with me”—sung by Sister Sledge; writers: Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards


It seems like just yesterday—and it probably was—that we were overrun with mystery novels with the word “girl” in the title.

We’ve had girls who were on a train, gone, interrupted, in a spider’s web, waiting with a gun, in a maze, good, bad, running, walking, skating, in the woods, the other, wrong, or right.

Yes, each of those words were used in a title with the word “girl.”

I am not making a judgment about the quality of those novels—most of which were quite good.

But lately I am seeing many novels with the words “sister” or “sisters” in the title.

Is sister the new girl?

So here are some of the titles I’ve seen. Again, no judgment about the quality of those novels—most of which were quite good, many of which I’ve favorably reviewed.

So here’s the sisterly roundup:

What My Sister Knew, by Nina Laurin (Grand Central): Andrea “Addie” Warren hasn’t seen her twin brother, Eli, in 15 years, when he was convicted and sentenced to prison at age 12 for killing their mother and stepfather by burning down their house.

The Sister, by Louise Jensen (Grand Central Publishing): A grieving woman takes in a person claiming to be the half-sister of her late best friend.

The Other Sister, by Sarah Zettel (Grand Central Publishing): Two sisters have put up with their controlling father all their lives. Now, they have other ideas.

The Favorite Sister, by Jessica Knoll (Simon & Schuster): Two sisters join the cast of the reality TV series Goal Diggers. One won’t make it out alive.

Sister, by Rosamund Lupton (Broadway Books): A woman gets on a plane to London and receives a call that her sister is missing. Then she learns there are a lot of things she doesn’t know about her sister.

The Second Sister, by Claire Kendal (Harper): A woman’s obsession over the decade-old disappearance of her sister overwhelms her life and puts her at odds with her parents.

The Sisters of Blue Mountain, by Karen Katchur (Dunne Books/St. Martin’s): Estranged sisters reevaluate their relationship and deal with their father’s poor health.

The Night Sister, by Jennifer McMahon (Doubleday): A modern ghost story moves through three eras and revolves around a family’s murder, a hidden room, and the disappearance of a teenager.

The Good Sister, by Wendy Corsi Staub (Harper): A killer stalks his teenage victim after meeting them online.

Bad Sisters, by Rebecca Chance (Simon & Schuster): Three ambitious sisters with a deadly secret.



first-girls-now-sisters
6109