Shadow Sister


Simone van der Vlugt

Shadow Sister

Simone van der Vlugt’s second novel, published in October 2005, tells the story of Marjolein a passionate, committed teacher in a black secondary school in Rotterdam. She is proud of her great contact with the kids but one day she comes face to face with another side of the teaching. She is threatened by one of her students during a class and from that moment on her life changes completely and she finds herself caught between loyalty to her school and fear of the threats that just don’t stop. Who has it in for her and just how far are they prepared to go? Another tense thriller, written with great wit and pace about how ordinary everyday life can suddenly change into hell. Over 100,000 copies sold.

‘This is the best psychological suspense story I have read in a long time – utterly believable and totally riveting.’ Daily Mail

‘There is a lot more going on under the surface than the reader is being told, and the author does not put a foot wrong in the difficult task of making the narrators seem honest while at the same time conveying more than they are willing to admit to themselves or to us. The novel is creepy, effective and highly readable’ Eurocrime

‘Van der Vlugt dreams up ingenious plots that keep you on the edge of your seat.’ Parool

‘Gripping from the very first page, the recognisable anxieties make it all the more gruesome and it’s surprising to the very end. We have our own Nicci French’ Veronica Magazine, ****


  • Ambo Anthos NL (original publisher)
  • Diana Verlag/Heyne Germany
  • Text Australia
  • Harper Press UK
  • Kowalski/Feltrinelli Italy

Material: Finished copies of Dutch (340pp), German and English editions