Blood Sisters by Vanessa Lillie
Published: October 31, 2023 by Berkley
Genre: Mystery Thriller
Taken from Goodreads: A visceral and compelling mystery about a Cherokee archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs who is summoned to rural Oklahoma to investigate the disappearance of two women…one of them her sister.
There are secrets in the land.
As an archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Syd Walker spends her days in Rhode Island trying to protect the land's indigenous past, even as she’s escaping her own.
While Syd is dedicated to her job, she’s haunted by a night of violence she barely escaped in her Oklahoma hometown fifteen years ago. Though she swore she’d never go back, the past comes calling.
When a skull is found near the crime scene of her youth, just as her sister, Emma Lou, vanishes, Syd knows she must return home. She refuses to let her sister's disappearance, or the remains, go ignored—as so often happens in cases of missing Native women.
But not everyone is glad to have Syd home, and she can feel the crosshairs on her back. Still, the deeper Syd digs, the more she uncovers about a string of missing indigenous women cases going back decades. To save her sister, she must expose a darkness in the town that no one wants to face—not even Syd.
The truth will be unearthed.
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Meet the Author (taken from her website): Vanessa is the author of the bestselling thrillers Little Voices (October 2019) and For the Best (September 2020). She also co-authored the instant bestselling and ITW award nominated Audible Original Young Rich Widows (April 2022), with 20,000 reviews the sequel forthcoming. Her next novel, Blood Sisters, launches October 31st, and begins a new series with #MMIW2S at the heart of the stories.
With fifteen years of marketing and communications experience, Vanessa was a columnist for the Providence Journal and hosts an Instagram Live show with crime fiction authors. She is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma living on Narragansett land in Rhode Island.
Advance Praise for BLOOD SISTERS
“Combines Cherokee history and legend with contemporary drug and land problems in a gripping story of missing Indigenous women.”—Library Journal, STARRED review
“Lillie paints the beautiful yet bleak landscape with a fine brush. Readers who enjoy strong voices will be pulled in by the characters, while those who are drawn to setting will feel as if they are in Picher.”
“BLOOD SISTERS sets its hooks on page one and then pulls relentlessly and colorfully through buried secrets and rediscovered Native heritage.”— C.J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Storm Front
“While reading Vanessa Lillie’s BLOOD SISTERS, I kept thinking of the word 'binge-worthy'. A propulsive story of familial fault lines with as much to say about the dark side of people as it has to say about the potential for redemption.”—Caroline Kepnes, New York Times bestselling author of the You series