Sister Lost

Fiction - Paranormal
322 Pages
Reviewed on 09/08/2021
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Author Biography

Brenda Lyne is the pseudonym of author Jennifer DeVries. Jennifer lives just outside Minneapolis, Minnesota with her two busy kids, two cats, two fish, and probably a partridge in a pear tree. She is living, breathing proof that it is never too late to follow your dreams.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

When a single mother and her four-year-old daughter move into their new home, they experience the presence of a sinister entity in the horror story Sister Lost by Brenda Lyne. As soon as she has enough money saved, Lexie buys an older home in the city of Minneapolis and moves in with her four-year-old daughter, Ava. On their first day, Ava has an unprecedented temper tantrum, and Lexie uncharacteristically reacts violently. When Lexie and Ava step out of the house, Ava passes out. When it occurs again, and Lexie collapses, Ryan, the next-door neighbor, offers his help. However, as Lexie unpacks, bizarre occurrences continue to happen, escalating into near-fatal incidents, and she realizes her home has an unfriendly spirit haunting it. With Ryan at her side, Lexie starts investigating the history of her home. As they meet with previous owners, they are shocked to learn the house has a bloody and violent past that goes back decades. Even if Lexie and Ryan find the source of the haunting, can they exorcise the angry ghost?

Filled with horror and suspense, Sister Lost by Brenda Lyne is a spine-tingling supernatural novel. Based on actual incidents, the riveting story captures the imagination and contains the elements in which nightmares are born. Superbly written, the plot held me spellbound and breathless from the first page to the last. The main characters, Lexie and Ryan, are well-rounded and likable, and Ava is enchanting. I admired how Ryan accepts the dramatic problems related to the house without question and assists Lexie and Ava, despite the paranormal aspects. The contrasting elements of fear and courage, rejection and acceptance, evil and love, create an unforgettable and gripping tale that will chill and thrill everyone who loves blood-curdling horror stories with a supernatural twist and a touch of romance. Due to explicit intimate scenes, the story is more suitable for mature readers.

Joanne Ang

Sister Lost is a horror-thriller novel written by Brenda Lyne which is based on a true story. The story starts with Lexie, a single mother who has recently moved into a new neighborhood with her four-year-old daughter, Ava. The start of their new life doesn't go as planned when strange things start occurring in the house, namely the scary thoughts that enter her mind along with the debilitating headaches, and heartburn that never stops unless she steps outside. Not only does the new house affect Lexie, but her normally perky child becomes sullen, filled with nothing but rage. With the help of their neighbor, Ryan, can Lexie and Ava uncover the secrets of the house, or will their life be tormented by the past as long as they stay in that dreaded haunted house?

Sister Lost by Brenda Lyne is a story filled with continuous suspense. This novel kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The personalities and essences of the characters within the novel were consistent throughout, which I really appreciated. I also really enjoyed the added cheeriness of Ava, which gives a more eerie and intimidating aura when Ava starts acting out of character. I also really enjoyed the romance that blossomed between Lexie and Ryan in the midst of uncovering this major mystery. Overall, the book was highly enjoyable to read. I truly loved every minute of it! I would definitely recommend Sister Lost to those who are looking for a hair-raising novel that will keep you intrigued the entire time!

Lit Amri

In Sister Lost by Brenda Lyne, Lexie Novak and her four-year-old daughter, Ava, move into a house on Washburn Avenue after living with her parents for several years. Lexie's hope to make a good start in her new home with her daughter is derailed by a string of strange events. Her well-behaved daughter throws violent tantrums and Lexie develops dark intentions of hurting her child. Yet they both seem to be back to their normal selves when they step outside the house. Lexie also suffers from nightmares and it starts to affect her job as a nurse. She is determined to find answers to their misery with the help of her neighbor, high school teacher Ryan Laughlin, before she and her daughter kill each other.

The story's opening is dramatic and tense: a perfect start for this contemporary paranormal tale. The dark, frightening events' progress is swift and relentless as the frightful elements are presented in a disturbingly grounded manner. Lexie's bond with her daughter is tested right away as the duo moves into their new home, and the tension serves the plot well as the single mother is already struggling with her body image anxiety and her mother's constant criticism. That being said, Lexie is a character with realistic challenges, and rooting for her and her sweet daughter is easy. The familial bond, particularly between a mother and daughter in this story, is an element that is presented in a relatable way. With a resolution of the mystery that is eerie but moving at the same time, fans of the genre will be pleased with Brenda Lyne's Sister Lost.