The Sister: My Review

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Have you ever waited 214 pages for a book to become good? And then it just was not worth it? Now so have I.

The Sister is the story of, well, two sisters. They have not seen each other for over 40 years and suddenly the younger sister comes home to live with her sister. With her arrival comes a flood of memories, and the oldest sister narrates the tale.

You know that there is something mentally wrong with the narrator, but it is never discussed, primarily because she is unaware of the disability herself. And you know that something sinister has happened in the house, you just do not know who is to blame until, well, page 214.

That said, this might be an interesting book club selection. I did not like the book but I have so many questions about the book. What was really wrong with the narrator/oldest sister. What happened to her while at the conference with her father? What caused the sister’s accident, or was it truly just an accident? What was the final catalyst for her final actions in the book? So if you do read it, let me know and we’ll dish.

Here’s the review from Amazon: Estranged sisters Ginny and Vivien Stone reunite after 50 years, releasing a flood of painful memories in Stone’s eerie, accomplished debut. Ginny and her younger sister Vivien lead an idyllic childhood in West Dorset, England, until Vivien nearly dies in an accident (the aftermath of which takes decades to unravel) when Ginny is 11 and Vivien is eight. Later, after the pair is expelled from school, a 15-year-old Vivien moves to London, and Ginny stays behind, covering up her mother Maud’s alcoholism while trying to assist her father, Clive, with his research on moths and butterflies. After Maud’s death and Clive’s subsequent dementia, Ginny lives alone in the massive house, a brilliant but increasingly reclusive scientist whose insular world is cracked open when Vivien announces her desire to return and live out her days with Ginny. Long-buried secrets float to the surface as Ginny narrates with scientific precision her life’s slow disintegration. Though the lepidopterological jargon and asides can slow things down, Adams expertly captures Ginny’s voice and the dynamics of a deeply troubled family as the book barrels toward its chilling conclusion.


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