In this "tense, twisting mystery" and "absolutely can't-put-it-down read" (Megan Miranda), no one bats an eye when a Black reality TV star is found dead in the Bronx—except her estranged half-sister, whose refusal to believe the official story leads her on a dangerous search for the truth.
“I found out my sister was back in New York from Instagram. I found out she’d died from the New York Daily News.”
When the body of disgraced reality TV star Desiree Pierce is found on a playground in the Bronx the morning after her 25th birthday party, the police and the media are quick to declare her death an overdose. It’s a tragedy, certainly, but not a crime.
But Desiree’s half-sister Lena Scott knows that can’t be the case. A graduate student at Columbia, Lena has spent the past decade forging her own path far from the spotlight, but some facts about Desiree just couldn’t have changed since their childhood. And Desiree would never travel above 125th Street. So why is no one listening to her?
Despite the bitter truth that the two haven’t spoken in two years, torn apart by Desiree’s partying and by their father, Mel, a wealthy and influential hip-hop mogul, Lena becomes determined to find justice for her sister, even if it means untangling her family’s darkest secrets—or ending up dead herself.
“A riveting, read-through-the-night thriller.” —Liv Constantine
“Equal parts charm and heartbreak, with razor-sharp insights on class, race, and family.” —Laura Lippman
“Smart with twists you never see coming.” —Walter Mosley
“Domestic suspense for the Instagram gen. #lovedit.” —Lori Rader-Day
“Like a Sister is a marvel and a must-read story for the current moment. Garrett, with deft humor and a perfect eye for the blurred lines of social media and reality tv, has crafted a gripping narrative of domestic suspense which delivers hard, essential truths about race, class, and makes us question why some women's stories are too often disbelieved.” —Ivy Pochoda, author of These Women
"Desiree Pierce lives for likes as an influencer in Manhattan. Her sister, Lena Scott, lives on a block of nosy neighbors in the Bronx. They haven’t spoken for two years. So when Desiree dies there’s just as much guilt as grief in Lena’s broken heart. She doesn’t have time for either: with everyone from the cops to the gossip sites saying ‘just another drug death of a poor little rich girl’ Lena must go it alone to get justice. With utterly convincing family relationships, a deft eye for the slippery nature of trust, and a red-hot take on right now, Like a Sister sees multi-award-winning cozy author Kellye Garrett laying down a very different beat to bring us a sure-fire hit. Magic!”—Catriona McPherson, award-winning author of Strangers at the Gate
“In death, reality star Desiree Pierce should be absolved of her sins, but instead has accumulated strikes against her character—unless her sister Lena can prove she was murdered. Like a Sister combines the voice and humor Kellye Garrett fans have always loved with a twisting and surprising story sure to attract new readers. Domestic suspense for the Instagram gen. #lovedit.”—Lori Rader-Day, Edgar Award-nominated author of The Lucky One
"Kellye Garrett, a break-out star in crime fiction since her debut, has upped the ante with her latest, Like a Sister. A traditional mystery set in the world of reality television and Instagram influencers, it is equal parts charm and heartbreak, with razor-sharp insights on class, race, and family. I'm happy to know that Kellye Garrett is just getting started. I can't wait to see what she does next."—Laura Lippman, New York Times bestselling author of Lady in the Lake