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Vanessa Lillie - BLOOD SISTERS

Rhode Island author Vanessa Lillie presents Blood Sisters, the first book in a groundbreaking suspense series following Syd Walker, an archeologist and investigator of crimes on Native American reservations. Vanessa's novel is a powerful exploration of contemporary Native experiences and injustices, from land rights to cultural identity, with a spotlight on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movement.

Vanessa will speak about Blood Sisters, followed by Q&A and book signing. This event is free and open to all but we kindly ask that you RSVP so that we may plan accordingly. See you there!


A visceral and compelling mystery about a Cherokee archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs who is summoned to rural Oklahoma to investigate the disappearance of two women…one of them her sister.

There are secrets in the land.

As an archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Syd Walker spends her days in Rhode Island trying to protect the land's indigenous past, even as she’s escaping her own.

While Syd is dedicated to her job, she’s haunted by a night of violence she barely escaped in her Oklahoma hometown fifteen years ago. Though she swore she’d never go back, the past comes calling.

When a skull is found near the crime scene of her youth, just as her sister, Emma Lou, vanishes, Syd knows she must return home. She refuses to let her sister's disappearance, or the remains, go ignored—as so often happens in cases of missing Native women.

But not everyone is glad to have Syd home, and she can feel the crosshairs on her. Still, the deeper Syd digs, the more she uncovers about a string of missing indigenous women cases going back decades. To save her sister, she must expose a darkness in the town that no one wants to face—not even Syd.

The truth will be unearthed.


Vanessa Lillie is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and the author of the bestselling suspense novels Little Voices and For the Best. With fifteen years of marketing and communications experience, Vanessa hosts a weekly Instagram Live event with crime fiction authors and was a columnist for the Providence Journal. She lives on Narragansett land in Rhode Island.

Date: 11/18/2023
Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Charter Books
8 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840-2938