What I’m Reading: Little Sister

If you’re like me, it’s hard to not be attracted to news headlines that I remember from years ago.   When I saw this book, Little Sister:  My investigation into the mysterious Deather of Natalie Wood by Lana Wood, my brain quickly remembered that yes, movie star Natalie Wood did die mysteriously and I totally remember hearing about that on the news.

The mystery lover in me wanted to check out the book and give it a listen.  So, I put myself on the waitlist and patiently waited for it to be my turn with the audiobook.

Once I got it…I started listening and was hooked.


First off…I loved the book.  The book is written by Natalie’s little sister Lana.  She writes in first person and better yet, she is the reader of the book (if you’re listening to the audio version this is definitely a bonus).  With Lana reading the book seems so much more real and personal.  It’s so easy to quickly get drawn in.

If you remember, Natalie Wood was married to Robert Wagner.  I remember him well from the television show Hart to Hart.
Hart to Hart (TV Series 1979–1984) - IMDb
I remember him as the handsome actor from the early 80s.  I learned much more about him after listening to this book.  For that matter, I learned more about Natalie and her family.

Here’s what Amazon had to say…
On the night of November 29, 1981, Natalie Wood disappeared from her yacht, the Splendour, while visiting Catalina Island with her husband, Robert “R.J.” Wagner, and their friend, Christopher Walken. The beloved movie star’s tragic drowning shook America, inspiring troves of magazine covers and media pieces. What was originally believed to be an open-and-shut case of accidental drowning has been called into question over the years, and in 2011 the investigation was reopened. In 2018, at the urging of the public, it was reclassified as “suspicious.”

Ever since, the question has remained: What really happened to Natalie Wood?

Lana Wood, Natalie’s younger sister, long suspected nefarious circumstances surrounding her sister’s death. Her closest confidante from childhood, Lana stood witness to Natalie’s life: the successes, the heartache, and her deepest pain. But there was tremendous fear about investigating the case. Uncertain of what her own search would unravel, and frightened of the possibilities, Lana stayed silent for years, until she no longer could. She realized she was ignoring what was in front of her, and that the best way to honor her sister’s legacy would be uncovering the secrets behind the very end of Natalie’s life.

By elucidating previously unknown complications of Natalie’s life, and offering new evidence from key parties involved in the investigation — including the boat’s captain and other witnesses — Little Sister recounts Lana’s search for the truth and brings to light explosive details that have been suppressed for decades. Ranging from the bonds that hold the family together, to inconsistencies in interviews with detectives to complications with evidence, this story of sisterhood and mystery presents a fresh perspective on a night that has long been fodder for Hollywood lore.”

Amazon readers gave the book 4.3 stars.  I’ll give the book 4.5 stars.  For a book written about such a hard topic, I believe it was done well.  The book had me wanting to know more.  In fact, I’m off to look up a couple of the shows on television that were referenced in the book.

You can find the book HERE on Amazon.

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