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Sister of Mine: A Novel Kindle Edition
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"Propulsive." —Refinery29’s "Best Psychological Suspense Novels to Read After Gone Girl"
"A twisty, claustrophobic nail-biter." —Entertainment Weekly’s Hot Summer Thrillers
"Sibling rivalry on steroids."—BookTrib
"Riveting... Readers will be keen to see what Petrou comes up with next."
"Readers who enjoy the twisty plots found in Sophie Hannah’s and Lisa Jewell’s domestic suspense will want to give this one a try."
"One of the best first novels I’ve read this year... A brilliantly conceived narrative with wonderful characters and great depth."
―Globe and Mail
"Gripping, twisty, and singular ...A not to be missed, well-worth-it read. Here’s hoping for more from this imaginative, insightful author."
―New York Journal of Books
"A stark reminder of the wicked webs we weave."
—Top Shelf Magazine
"A compelling and entertaining novel...unreservedly recommended."
—Midwest Book Review
"Laurie Petrou writes with stunning elegance to weave a unique and complex story of sisterhood and secrets that ends with a twist you won’t see coming... a fabulous read from start to finish."
—Wendy Walker, national bestselling author of Emma in the Night
"Poetic, engrossing...An unputdownable page-turner."
—A.J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author of The Twilight Wife
“By turns taut and lyrical, often startling, always unpredictable, Laurie Petrou writes about the thorny challenges and gauzy longings of sisterhood and parenthood with brash immediacy and perilous insight. This book is a cracked mirror—sharp, disquieting, impossible to look away, refracting our worst fears and best hopes back at us.”
—Elan Mastai, author of All Our Wrong Todays
“I devoured Laurie Petrou’s wonderful novel in a single sitting. Laurie’s prose is stunning but it was the complicated relationship between the two sisters, and the secret that threatens to destroy them that had me furiously turning the pages. A fantastic debut novel.”
—Hollie Overton, international bestselling author of Baby Doll and The Walls
"Mesmerizing and powerful...Dark and riveting, flirting at time with a hint of the gothic, it is a page turner that plunges deep into the wild and uncharted territory of family, need, and loyalty, and the strange, mirror-link of love and hatred. This book burns with the intensity of the sisters it follows, who you will love and hate and never forget."
—Grace O’Connell, author of Be Ready for the Lightning
"An addictive portrait of a fascinating, complicated, and in the end, shocking relationship between two sisters. Beautifully written, insightful and thought provoking, with twists I did not see coming. A thrilling read."
—Cecilia Ekbäck, bestselling author of Wolf Winter
About the Author
- ASIN : B078M3KGFF
- Publisher : Crooked Lane Books (August 7, 2018)
- Publication date : August 7, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 3280 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 295 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1683317173
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #607,783 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Thoughts: The author does an excellent job of capturing the difficult love/hate relationship many have with their siblings (and not necessarily sisters) and how things don't necessarily become less complicated once both parties mature out of childhood. However, I thought the secondary characters needed more development, and the dynamics of Penny's and Buddy's relationship could have been explored in more depth (even though they are readily recognizable to anyone who has been in an abusive relationship). Overall, it did not live up to its promising premise for me.
“Sister” is a riveting thriller that examines family loyalty, secrets between loving siblings, deception, and the ever-threatening threat of exposure of committing a deadly crime. Petrou, a neophyte writer, pulls it off with great dexterity while displaying a talent that is astounding.
The first pages of the book describe the death of Penny’s abusive husband in an intentionally set fire. The incident constitutes a secret shared by her and Hattie, her younger sister, a secret that churns throughout their life. As Petrou discusses in a blog, where is the limit of keeping a secret? In this book, that limit is stretched over and over, with a devotion that each sister has for the other keeping lips sealed … at first. But cracks appear in the wall caused by increasing tension, the suspicions in human nature, and increasing annoyances. The bond begins to crumble. The characters are motivated by an overwhelming sense of honor to each other but that slowly changes into destructive divisiveness. The suspense of the book is if the secret will be kept.
There’s a stunning grace to Petrou’s writing style. Her prose and characterizations are fluid and coordinated. Tremendous insight permeates every thought in the novel. I strongly suggest that you don’t miss the opportunity to read this riveting and somewhat disturbing book. This is a talent to celebrate.
Schuyler T Wallace
Author of TIN LIZARD TALES
Honestly, the book description ought to be, "Two sisters from a broken home can't maintain healthy relationships, blame each other for their emotional instability, and damage their lives and the lives of those around them."
Maybe it would have been more interesting and thought-provoking if the story offered more than one POV. There didn't seem to be anything more to the story than Penny's lifelong bitterness. I wish I had never wasted my time reading this novel.