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The Shadow Sister (Hardcover)

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July/August 2023 Kids Indie Next List

“Quite the page turner! I was sucked right in to the story of Cassie and her missing older sister, Sutton. Who do we trust? What happened around Sutton’s disappearance? This is a compelling thriller with lots of layers! A great summer read.”
— Tegan Tigani, Queen Anne Book Company, Seattle, WA


Boston Globe Best Books for Summer 2023

*Featuring an exclusive case only available on the first print run!

"From its glorious first line to the final page, The Shadow Sister heralds an exciting and exquisite new voice. Lily Meade has arrived!" —Angeline Boulley, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Firekeeper's Daughter

Sometimes people are lost from you, no matter how much you wish they weren't and before you can even begin to know how big of a hole they'll leave behind.

Sutton going missing is the worst thing to happen to Casey, to their family. She's trying to help find her sister, but Casey is furious. She knows Sutton is manipulative, meanwhile everyone paints a picture of her perfection. People don't look for missing Black girls--or half-Black girls--without believing there is an angel to be saved. 

When Sutton reappears, Casey knows she should be relieved. Except Sutton isn't the same. She remembers nothing about while she was gone—or anything from her old life, including how she made Casey miserable. There's something unsettling about the way she wants to spend time with Casey and watch her goldfish swim for hours.

What happened to Sutton? The more Casey starts uncovering her sister's secrets, the more questions she has. Did she really know her sister? Why is no one talking about the other girls who have gone missing in their area? And what will it take to uncover the truth?

Perfect for fans of:

  • Ace of Spades and House of Hollow
  • Emotional suspense
  • Speculative fiction, including Hoodoo
  • Diverse books featuring strong female leads
  • Sister stories with complex family dynamics

About the Author

Lily Meade is a biracial Black woman living outside of Seattle, Washington. Her work has been published in Bustle and Teen Vogue, and she has been featured in Romper, Buzzfeed, and Rolling Stone. This is her debut novel, which was a finalist for the Eleanor Taylor Bland award for emerging writers by Sisters in Crime. Learn more at

Praise For…

"A gripping portrait of fractured sisterhood, reverberating traumas, and the triumphs of omniscient ancestors." — Kirkus Reviews

"Subtle and eerie" — Youth Services Book Review

"Unsettling to an excellent, haunting effect, The Shadow Sister makes the most of tone and atmosphere with prose that seems straightforward at first glance but buzzes with tension." — Booklist, STARRED Review

"A speculative mystery and an ode to sisterhood that confronts systemic injustice alongside issues of colorism and individual and communal identity." — Publisher's Weekly

"From its glorious first line to the final page, The Shadow Sister heralds an exciting and exquisite new voice. Lily Meade has arrived!" — Angeline Boulley, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Firekeeper’s Daughter 

"The Shadow Sister is a thrilling novel that centers a complicated sisterhood in a mystery about what it takes to uncover the truth from the shadows." — Foreword Reviews, STARRED review

Product Details
ISBN: 9781728264479
ISBN-10: 1728264472
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: June 27th, 2023
Pages: 336
Language: English