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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.