Forgotten Sister
by Cornick, Nicola

Centuries after Amy Robsart's desperate plan to escape her loveless marriage to Robert Dudley has horrifying consequences, a woman in present-day England bonds with a mysterious ally when a scandal forces her withdrawal from public life. Original. 50,000 first printing.

Cornick (The Woman in the Lake, 2019) intertwines sixteenth-century and present-day England in her latest, introducing the true story of Amy Robsart, who died in 1560. Amy is caught in a love triangle with her husband, Robert Dudley, and Princess Elizabeth, who will become Queen. She plots to end her marriage, but is betrayed by those she trusts. In a parallel tale, it's 2010 and Lizzie Kingdom is reluctantly attending the wedding of her childhood friend, Dudley, and his bride, Amelia. Lizzie can "read objects," a phenomenon called psychometry, and at the wedding has a disturbing encounter with Amelia's brothers and an antique statue. The event follows Lizzie ten years later, when Amelia falls down a flight of stairs to her death, and she and Dudley find themselves under a cloud of suspicion. The Forgotten Sister is filled with intrigue and the supernatural, as the past affects those living today. Cornick blends her mysterious storylines, alternating between time periods to reveal that no matter the century, the perils of love, jealousy, and betrayal endure. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

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