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The Sister: A gripping crime, mystery and suspense thriller by [China, Max]
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'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.

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  • File Size: 4495 KB
  • Print Length: 501 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Skinnybirdproductions (November 21, 2013)
  • Publication Date: November 21, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GT6ZOHS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,635 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Kerry L. Reis on May 26, 2014
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A sadistic, intelligent, evolving serial killer that makes effective use of boiler suits. A traumatized young boy who grows up to be a private investigator with a supernatural gift. A head constable who finds himself an unwilling blackmailed pawn to the killer's machinations. A reclusive psychic with a powerful black stone. A deadly secret cult seeking global power and control. With 500 pages and 156 chapters, Max China has woven an intense novel of paranormal suspense that requires a lot of patience from the reader. Swinging back and forth from detailed back stories, multiple major and minor character points-of-views and different story arcs through thirty years, this novel took a lot of note-taking and bookmarking from me to help follow the threads as they came together near the end. The author would have made the story easier to follow if he had grouped the chapters of the various story arcs into sections, giving the reader transition marks to sort out the grand story along the way.
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This is a huge novel and not due to the author dragging it out or over-describing things. It's set over decades and all over the world. If I had to choose one genre for it, I would find it impossible. The characters' lives intertwine, twist and turn, drawing in how past experiences develop people and their futures. It's psychological, paranormal, historical, crime, mystery and more – all rolled into one big story.
It's very well written and, although it is a long book, the pace is perfect. It jumps back and forth in time and place with ease. The timing is spot on, as each part takes you somewhere else of relevance, but leaves you hanging to get back to the other parts of the story. Then it comes together and all makes sense.
There is so much more to this book than the title or the pitch suggest. You'll have to read it to believe me. I wouldn't know where to start with reviewing and writing about the storyline. It would be a book in itself.
Well worth your money.
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I got halfway through the book, but I really had to force myself to get there. I don't usually give up so easily when reading a book, but this one had too many faults with it. I found the storyline too distracting. Too many plots, too many characters, too confusing. Heaps of typos (I can forgive a few, but not this many), too many missing words and grammatical errors, plus sentences that didn't make any sense. Far too distracting.

Has the potential to become a good novel if the manuscript goes through a structural edit (with a professional editor), and all typos, missing words, and sentences that don't make sense are fixed.
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I may get some pushback from the 4 and 5 star reviewers. Yes, the author has crafted an in-depth multi-genre novel. I am amazed how well the story is woven through so many characters and so many years. The author is to be complimented for keeping it all straight.

However, the complexity of the story was also its' downfall for me. This is a complex novel that requires the reader to really concentrate on the who, what, where, and why. For a novel of such length, that is not easily done. This is not a read for awhile, put down, and pick up novel. You really need to keep at it and take your time recognizing that it is important to concentrate on the characters and storyline. That decreased the enjoyment for me.

If you are someone that can dedicate the time and energy to a well crafted tome, this may be a good endeavor for you. The ending wraps up all bits of the story except for the serial killer so there is the potential for a sequel.
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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.
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