Nathan Redman (Russell Tovey) is first seen on the verge of suicide in 2013. He pours the pills on the table, takes something to wash them off and starts throwing them into his mouth. Suddenly he freezes. Someone on TV caught his eye. It’s Holly Fox (the very good Amrita Acharia), the sister of a missing girl. Nathan seems to know her. And he stops his suicide attempt.
Years later, a rainy night as Nathan is sitting and reading. A knock on the door reveals the neglected and annoying Bob Morrow (Bertie Carvel), and Nathan seems to have literally seen a ghost (and Carvel seems to go for the same demonic tenor as his namesake in “Twin Peaks”). He tells Nathan that a construction project means they have to move the body. See, Nathan knows exactly where Holly’s missing sister is because he and Bob put her out there in the cold ground. And then guess what Nathan did? He courted and married the sister of the missing girl. Yes, “The Sister” is not just a gruesome death story, but the inexplicable behavior that follows it, forcing the criminal to live an even bigger than normal lie, a lie that is about to fade. with the return of his accomplice.
“The Sister” goes back and forth – as all murder mystery miniseries seem to do lately – slowly revealing the details of what happened in the early hours of New Years Day in 2010 , how Nathan and Holly got together in 2013, and then the current dilemma facing this confrontational criminal. One of the most intriguing aspects of “The Sister” is the supernatural element in that Bob turns out to be an expert on the paranormal, and he’s convinced that Emily has literally returned to their lives. The feeling that Nathan is not only haunted by his actions that night but could literally be haunted also sets “The Sister” apart from some of his peers, but, like most things here, he is underdeveloped.
From its first scenes, “The Sister” must navigate a moral tightrope. We can’t encourage Nathan to lead a happy, normal life with the sister of the woman he murdered and buried, right? And yet the first two episodes feel motivated by the fact that he tries to keep his façade in place, creating a unique tension in the viewer that comes with drama of the fall. In a way, we want him to get caught, especially given the lie he’s been living with with Holly, but we’re also smart enough to know there’s more to this story than what we see.