Nothing compares to the strength of the relationships formed between sisters. Love and loyalty run deep in this family. When it comes to siblings, they’re typically pitted against one other, whether they like it or not. A novelist’s blessing is that the sisters may both torment and adore each other at the same time in a fiction. (Little Women, I’m thinking about you!)
In my second book, a YA thriller called They’ll Never Catch Us, I wanted to concentrate on two sisters who are very close in age. I intended to depict a couple’s relationship as one that wasn’t always tidy or simple to understand to others who weren’t close to the couple.
There are many outstanding books about sisters, and I was also inspired by the stories they tell. Despite the fact that they’re typically constructed on a foundation of love and strength, these literary sisters lie, deceive, steal, and even murder from time-to-time. It’s so much pleasure to learn about them!
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Oh my my, here’s a novel that completely blew me away. Korede, an older sister who is practical and dedicated to her younger sister Ayoola, is the focus of this magnificent, thrilling tale. Ayoola has a dark secret that only Korede knows about: she is almost certainly a serial murderer, since all of her partners have perished.
Who will Korede defend when Ayoola attacks Korede’s co-worker who Korede has loved since she was a little girl and Ayoola has her eyes set on Korede’s sister? This is the type of book you can read in a single sitting because it’s so creepy and entertaining.
The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll
This one’s for you, Bravo devotees. In a reality program called Goal Diggers, Brett’s elder sister Kelly joins the group and changes the balance of power. The season they’re shooting ends in murder because of this. Even though Knoll’s second book is a fast-paced thriller, the author’s indictment of the #GirlBoss movement is just as vibrant.
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Homegoing begins with two half-sisters born in separate communities who have no knowledge that the other even exists in 18th century Ghana. Unlike her sister, who becomes a nobleman by marrying an Englishman and becoming a member of the royal family, the other sister is forced into slavery and sold into slavery. Gyasi’s epic storyline follows not just these two sisters, but also their descendants, as they endure decades of adversity and colonialization. As soon as Homegoing came out, Oprah proclaimed it one of her favorite novels of the year, and it’s easy to understand why.
They’ll Never Catch Us by Jessica Goodman
Stella and Ellie Steckler are two very different people, yet they both have one thing in common: a desire to win. A college scholarship for one of them is a must since their family can only afford to pay for one of them to attend school. The Steckler sisters’ lives are turned upside down when a newcomer named Mila arrives in town and threatens to defeat them both on the course. When Mila goes missing, everyone turns to the Steckler sisters as suspects due of Stella’s violent background. When it comes to protecting one another, these sisters will go to any lengths, even if they shouldn’t, to ensure that they’ll never be caught.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
In the years before Greta Gerwig’s film adaptation, Louisa May Alcott’s novel had the same effect on many of us (including me). The classic book was first published in 1868. There’s a reason why the March sisters and their story are still relevant today—the unbreakable links of sisterhood never fade away.
The Vanishing Half: A Novel by Brit Bennett
Twin sisters Stella and Desiree were born in the small Louisiana town of Mallard, where people of African descent are known for their fair skin. Brit Bennett’s extraordinary second novel follows the twins as they grow up. When the twins escape to New Orleans, their lives diverge: Stella becomes a white lady while Desiree becomes a black woman. In the end, the outcome is an epic family saga that spans numerous generations, decades, and viewpoints. (Also, HBO is working on a limited series adaption, and it’s going to be amazing.)
God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney
Sisters Abigail and Caroline Nolan have always been the obedient daughters of Luke Nolan, a well-known preacher at an evangelical megachurch in Texas, in McKinney’s lovely and personal first book. When Abigail and Caroline discover that Luke has been lying to everyone, they decide to spend the night at their family ranch, where they unearth ancient family secrets and disclose ones they’ve concealed from everyone—even each other.
Pride: A Pride & Prejudice Remix by Ibi Zoboi
In Pride, an Afro-Latino Brooklyn girl named Zuri Benetiz tries to preserve her neighborhood from gentrification in the style of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Janae, Zuri’s elder sister, gets a crush on one of the Darcy family’s adolescent boys when the rich family moves in across the street. All hell breaks loose. It’s easy to understand what I mean if you’ve read the first Pride and Prejudice and Prejudice.
Sisters by Daisy Johnosn
Despite being just ten months apart in age, sisters July and September are the only genuine support they have in their new home, a crumbling house belonging to an aunt. They went there with their mother, who had been taken away from them due to an upcoming event at school. However, the book’s main conflict arises when the two sisters are separated, since no matter how far they are from one another, the past never really fades away. You know what I’m going to say?
The Project by Courtney Summers
Bea joins a “community” (yes, it’s a cult) called the Unity Project after the death of the Denham sisters’ parents, and Lo is left to fend for herself. However, Lo and Bea are reunited after a long absence of six years. After getting closer to Unity Project, Bea learns more about its prolific and adored leader—and what type of risk she may be in.