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"This was nothing like any other book I have read. What more can I say, I just loved it. I loved the complexity, I loved the epic proportions of the story, I loved the characters and I loved the sheer badness of the villain. If you're looking for a light read to pass some time, this is probably not the book for you. But if you want to read something quite different and challenge yourself - you could do a lot worse than pick up Max China's The Sister." (Source: Goodreads) "A riveting novel by a master storyteller, China balances a cast of characters and crimes that all tie together neatly into a satisfying finish."
Source: Successors to the Greats: The Top 50 Best Crime Writers To Watch in 2014. (2 June 2014. forensicoutreach.com)
From the Author
As a debut novelist, I wanted to be different, so I wrote The Sister in what I imagined was an unconventional way, introducing characters quickly, cameo fashion with mind-blowing, diverse plot-lines laid out, criss-crossing each other. I should clarify at this point; there are several main characters in the book who come and go throughout the story. You never know when they'll appear next, and of course, not all of them survive... It's an unusual novel that defies a simple synopsis, and I realized my approach to the story might not be to every reader's taste, but I also knew that those who stuck with the errant threads as they're pulled together, would be rewarded with a story quite unlike anything they've read before.
You can't please everyone, but reading my reviews, those I have pleased, I've pleased a lot.
If you like a challenging, non-linear story, maybe The Sister is for you.
Sometimes I'm a terrible reader - racing through books, hunting for the meat & potatoes of it. Chasing that action! As a writer, you'd think I would do better; savor the written word and miss nothing. Not so! *slaps hand* So it was - especially as I came to realize how large this novel was - that I struggled to follow along. You see, true to his word the author didn't care to explain what was happening. It was the story, and you simply had to follow along. We see characters that seem to be major ones, only to watch them relegated to minor roles. We jump around. We follow subplots that seem major - to be the heart of the story, only to find they are not...and not always what they seem. And then it happened. Somewhere about 52% of the novel I could no longer set it down. I had to, of course, but I found it difficult and could not wait to open it back up again. You know you've got something special when you stay up later and later before putting it away for the night. And then...gasp...I began stealing moments at work to read it. :) This novel is a major achievement. It's the kind of book that if the author spent their entire life writing it and then wrote nothing else - it would be okay. Understandable even. How one person did something this...involved, this EPIC, is incredible to me. In the beginning I complained to my wife that the book was long and I had no idea where it was going. In the end, I couldn't shut up about how brilliant it was. Do yourselves a favor and stay on the ride. Don't get off! There has never been another story like this one.
8/20/1967, Mr. Milowski (husband/grandfather), & Mrs. Ellen Milowski (wife/grandmother), Bruce’s (son/grandson) parents were watching him look through his new telescope. Cornwall, England. 2 children witness a murder, a boy (7), views it from 50 yrds., & a young Irish girl, from far away.
Right after the Dire Straits concert Kathy Bird (23+, nurse) on her way home was brutally murdered. DCI John Fitzgerald Kennedy (son) was assigned the case. Dr. Bruce Ryan (psychiatrist) was waiting for Vera Flynn (daughter, Catholic) blood test results. Mrs. Flynn (Vera’s mother) told him Vera was not going to see him again. Vatican. Sister Verity (aka Sister) was well versed in supernaturalism. 7/15/1975, Bruce Milowski (15) & Kirk “Miller” (form master, Korean era British Army vet), watched as they pulled Christopher “Chris” Brookes (HS champion swimmer) body out of the water, he had drowned. Penny (receptionist, widow) informed Dr. Ryan, Bruce was here to see him. Mrs. Ellen Milowski (mother) was informed the hypnotherapy wasn’t working for Bruce & she needed to sign a release form so a clairvoyant could see him. Bruce never returned.
Mrs. Carney (mom) asked Mickey Taylor (Amateur boxing coach), if he would/could take Thomas Carney 16, janitor), under his wing. Jackie was about to have her baby. 12/19/2006, London, England. DCI John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr., decided to reopen the murder cold case of Kathy Bird. What news did DI Tanner get from a caller: Jack “One Eyed Jack” Doherty? 1/2007, The police instigated Operation Moonlight, to help find the criminal the media coined the Midnight man. Melissa just lost her job but Max thought she had huge potential & hired her right away. She became online porn star/high-class escort Marilyn Mooner. Mr. Miller (Missing Persons Investigator) went to see Mrs. Eileen Staples about her missing daughter Eilise.
What was found at West Lothian? What did the once hidden Melissa Lake’s diaries reveal? Paedophile (pedophile) Dr Mrs (.)
Warning: This book contains extremely graphic adult content, violence, or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive or have potential adverse psychological effects on the reader.
I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.
A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written crime thriller book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a huge set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great crime thriller movie, or better yet a mini TV series. There is no doubt in my mind this is a very easy rating of 5 stars.
Thank you for the free author; booksends; Skinnybirdproductions; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
Third time reading this intriguing tale of murder and mystery that shaped the lives of the story's versatile characters. Not because of its length, nor the number of characters whose story lines intertwine to weave a blanket of suspense that prevails throughout the book. But because each time I find myself submerged within these profound pages, I'm left with a new revelation; twists and turns, hidden meanings and correlations, fascinating 'aha!' moments I missed the first time. This novel is not for the 'spoon-fed' reader, it requires you pay attention to what you're reading, but the reward is well worth the effort! Add to my delight, an invigorating spin off book with my fave female character from the Sister plus the promise of more to come, ranking Max China's work high on my list of 'must-read'!
OMG!! What can I say I loved this book! It’s intense, powerful, compelling—this is an incredible story of multilayer crime, mystery, psychology and so much more. You really don’t want to miss this one. I can’t get over how the author drags you in and keeps you in suspense—its truly amazing. The Characters are incredible and powerful. There are twist an turns around every corner that compel the reader to stay engrossed in this wonderfully written story. Max China has intertwined an powerfully passionate novel of multi-genres but mainly a paranormal suspense. This is a book that commands endurance from it’s reader as it alters back and forth from detailed of past stories. There is a masterful multiple layer of character’s essential ideas as out of the ordinary stories sweep through thirty years. This novel is an intense work that the writer has master in such a way that read is left breathless at the end