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What Happened to My Sister

A Novel

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From the author of Me & Emma comes a dazzling novel of two unforgettable families bound together by their deepest secrets and haunted pasts—perfect for fans of The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes and The Book of Bright Ideas.

Nine-year-old Carrie Parker and her mother, Libby, are making a fresh start in the small town of Hartsville, North Carolina, ready to put their turbulent past behind them. Violence has shattered their family and left Libby nearly unable to cope. And while Carrie once took comfort in her beloved sister, Emma, her mother has now forbidden even the mention of her name.
When Carrie meets Ruth, Honor, and Cricket Chaplin, these three generations of warmhearted women seem to have the loving home Carrie has always dreamed of. But as Carrie and Cricket become fast friends, neither can escape the pull of their families’ secrets—and uncovering the truth will transform the Chaplins and the Parkers forever.
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From Publishers Weekly

May 28, 2012 – In this companion piece to Me and Emma, nine-year-old Carrie and her alcoholic mother flee their small town after Carrie shoots her abusive stepfather dead. At a motel, Carrie’s mother gets drunk and entertains strangers, leaving Carrie to fend for herself. On one of her foraging trips, Carrie befriends a girl named Cricket, whose mother, Honor, sees in Carrie an eerie resemblance to her dead daughter and comes to wonder why she never meets Carrie’s mother. Carrie herself is puzzled by memories of her younger sister, Emma; she believes that Emma disappeared, but her mother swears Emma is a figment of Carrie’s imagination. As Honor and Cricket take more of an interest in Carrie’s life, the precarious web of deception that has been built around her comes under threat. While Carrie’s abuse is distressing, readers will be more troubled by choices Flock has made in telling her story. Carrie as narrator has the expected limited perspective of a child and a by-the-book colloquial voice; she petitions the reader’s sympathy too soon and fails to ever come to life. Ham-fisted coincidences, broad caricatures, and awkward plot twists don’t help.

Customer Reviews


What Happened to My Sister takes place right where Emma and Me left off. There are so many plot twists and turns I don't want to give anything away.
Elizabeth Flock has crafted a complex character in 9 year old Carrie Parker, neglected and abused the narrator is both heartbreaking and resilient. The other narrator, Honor Chaplin Ford adds the perspective of an objective observer to Carrie's visible and invisible bruises.
I can't recommend this book highly enough.

Emma & Me and What Happened to my Sister

Both are troubling books. I started the second one but realized I should read Emma & Me first and I would recommend everyone do the same. Caroline is a mentally and physically abused child from the get go. Outsiders know this but do nothing about it until she meets Cricket's family. They are dark books but they kept me rooting for Caroline through two well written, depressing books.

The one problem I had is that the author and her editors need to learn the difference between the use of the verbs "laying" and "lying." I don't think the word "lying" was used once but was needed several times.


I thought that this sequel took away a lot from the first book. It's a good read but I was so disappointed.

What Happened to My Sister
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  • Category: Literary
  • Published: Aug 07, 2012
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 304 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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