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'Stand-out' Caz Frear
'Captivating' Samantha Downing
'Razor-sharp' Laura Lippman
'Riveting’ Liv Constantine
'Sharp and sassy' Heat

**Winner of a Lefty Award for Best Mystery**
**Edgar Award and Anthony Award Finalist**
**Shortlisted for Thriller of the Year at the Capital Crime Fingerprint Awards**

She found out her sister was back in New York from Instagram.
She found out about her death from the New York Daily News.
But she’s the only one convinced it wasn’t an accident . . .

Desiree Pierce, a Black reality TV star, is found dead on a playground in the Bronx. Her death is quickly declared an overdose by the police and the media – tragic, but not a crime.

Lena Scott, Desiree’s sister, knows that can’t be true. Torn apart by Desiree’s partying and by their father, a wealthy and influential hip-hop mogul, the sisters haven’t spoken in years. But some things about Desiree couldn’t have changed, even with time.

Nobody is listening to her, but Lena is determined not to let anyone brush off her sister’s death. She will find justice, even if it means uncovering the family’s darkest secrets – or putting her own life at risk.

Because there are two sides to every story – the one being told, and the one nobody wants you to know . . .

Praise for Like A Sister:

‘A wild ride of a thriller! I inhaled this book’ Liz Nugent

'Sometimes a novel perfectly captures a particular voice, a time, and a place. That’s very much the case with Kellye Garrett’s Like a Sister, a crime novel that not so much hits the zeitgeist as bludgeons it with a hammer. A twisty tale of murder, greed, family secrets, and the perils of fame, Garrett’s prose crackles along at breakneck pace, dissecting issues of race, class, and modern culture with aplomb!' Vaseem Khan

'I tore through Like a Sister - a stand-out, propulsive thriller from such a fresh, original voice. Lena is an unforgettable heroine - vulnerable, witty, and relentless in her quest for justice. Suspenseful storytelling at its best. Loved it!' Caz Frear

'Like a Sister is a gripping, twisty thriller that will keep you hooked from first page to last' Olivia Kiernan

'A wholly captivating novel, one that grows more complicated – and tense – as the story unfolds. Loaded with twists and turns, this book will keep you guessing until the last shocking page' Samantha Downing

About The Author

Kellye Garrett is the author of the suspense novel Like a Sister. She also wrote the Detective by Day lightweight mysteries, which have won the Anthony, Agatha, Lefty and IPPY awards and been featured on the TODAY show as a Best Summer Read. Prior to writing novels, Kellye spent eight years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for Cold Case. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Sisters in Crime and is a co-founder of Crime Writers of Color. Learn more at

Product Details

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (November 24, 2022)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781398517639

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Raves and Reviews

'Kellye Garrett, a break-out star in crime fiction . . . 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

'A riveting, read-through-the-night thriller by a masterful storyteller. From the very first page to the jaw-dropping finish, this is one you need to put at the top of your reading list' Liv Constantine

'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

'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 . . . Domestic suspense for the Instagram gen. #lovedit' Lori Rader-Day

'Like A Sister is fresh, original, funny and with such a strong voice, like a great noir novel of the 1920s and 30s sling-shotted into modern-day New York. Think Dashiell Hammett with hip hop and social media. In Lena Scott, Kellye Garrett has created a cynical, loyal and utterly real character – the kind of modern, clued-up woman you’d definitely want on your side. Garrett is a clear front runner in the genre, writing a compulsive crime tale with family at its heart' Emma Bamford, debut author of Deep Water

'This murder mystery with attitude is sharp and sassy' Heat

'A smart New York switchback ride of a thriller, with a fresh and likeable heroine' Mail on Sunday

'A classy thriller featuring a fascinating, if reluctant heroine' Maxim Jakubowski, Crime Time

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