Forgotten Sisters

A Novel

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Pub Date 19 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 02 Apr 2024

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Description

A city’s haunted history and fairy-tale horrors converge for two women in an addictive novel of psychological suspense by a multiple Bram Stoker Award–nominated author.

Sisters Anna and Jennie live in a historic bungalow on the Chicago River. They’re tethered to a disquieting past, and with nowhere else to go, nothing can part them from their family home. Not the maddening creaks and disembodied voices that rattle the old walls. Not the inexplicable drownings in the area, or the increasing number of bodies that float by Anna’s window.

To stave off loneliness, Anna has a podcast, spinning ghostly tales of Chicago’s tragic history. But when Anna captures the attention of an ardent male listener, she awakens to the possibilities of a world outside.

As their relationship grows, so do Jennie’s fears. More and more people are going missing in the river. And then two detectives come calling.

They’re looking for a link between the mysteries of the river and what’s housed on the bank. Even Anna and Jennie don’t understand how dreadful it is—and still can be—when the truth about their unsettled lives begins to surface.

A city’s haunted history and fairy-tale horrors converge for two women in an addictive novel of psychological suspense by a multiple Bram Stoker Award–nominated author.

Sisters Anna and Jennie live in...


A Note From the Publisher

Cynthia Pelayo is the multiple Bram Stoker Award–nominated author of Children of Chicago and The Shoemaker’s Magician. In addition to writing genre-blending novels that incorporate elements of fairy tales, mystery, detective, crime, and horror, Pelayo has written numerous short stories and the poetry collection Into the Forest and All the Way Through. The recipient of the 2021 International Latino Book Award, she holds a master of fine arts in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her family. For more information, visit www.cinapelayo.com.

Cynthia Pelayo is the multiple Bram Stoker Award–nominated author of Children of Chicago and The Shoemaker’s Magician. In addition to writing genre-blending novels that incorporate elements of fairy...


Advance Praise

“A dreamlike modern fairy tale full of grief, longing, and murder, Forgotten Sisters is Cynthia Pelayo’s best yet. Like the best hauntings, this one will linger in my head for a long time.” —Christopher Golden, New York Times bestselling author of Road of Bones and The House of Last Resort

“Aspects of Forgotten Sisters glide past each other like ghosts as Cynthia Pelayo adroitly juggles past and present, reality and the supernatural, in this elegiac gothic novel. You’ll be haunted long after you’ve finished turning the pages.” —Alma Katsu, author of The Fervor

“A gritty murder mystery about a house that drips with haunted histories and a river that carries dark secrets and dead bodies in its current, Forgotten Sisters is a mesmerizing, propulsive read that doesn’t just bend genre, it transcends it.” —Rachel Harrison, national bestselling author of Cackle and Black Sheep

“Personal, historical, and heart-deep. Forgotten Sisters captures the complicated sense of being stifled by home yet lost without it. From the eerie start to the unforgettable ending, Pelayo brings the chill of crime stories, grim fairy tales, and the gothic into a haunting mystery that will drag you into dark waters and never let go.” —Hailey Piper, Bram Stoker Award–winning author of Queen of Teeth and A Light Most Hateful

Forgotten Sisters is a haunting fairy tale, a haunted parable of loss and grief, a history of Chicago's tragedies, and a thrilling, page-turning, creepy who-done-it. Take me to the river….” —Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World

“A dreamlike modern fairy tale full of grief, longing, and murder, Forgotten Sisters is Cynthia Pelayo’s best yet. Like the best hauntings, this one will linger in my head for a long time.” ...


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