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Initial Thoughts: I really wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book or not. I ended up winning an advanced copy from the Goodreads giveaway. The premise seemed to be a little bland: “Three little girls set off to school one sunny morning. Within an hour, one of them is dead.” I could imagine a few books with the same premise. But, of course, the brilliance of a book does not lie in the premise but in the execution.

Plot Summary

Blood SistersBlood Sisters by Jane Corry

Three little girls set off to school one sunny morning. Within an hour, one of them is dead.

Fifteen years later, Kitty can’t speak and has no memory of the accident that’s to blame. She lives in an institution, unlikely ever to leave. But that doesn’t keep her from being frightened when she encounters an eerily familiar face.

Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. She’s struggling to make ends meet and to forget the past. When a teaching job at a prison opens up, she takes it, despite her fears. Maybe this is her chance to set things right. Then she starts to receive alarming notes; next, her classroom erupts in violence.

Meanwhile, someone is watching both Kitty and Alison. Someone who never forgot what happened that day. Someone who wants revenge. And only another life will do. . .” – Goodreads

The Review

I was blown away by how many plot twists there were in this novel that I absolutely didn’t see coming. I began reading Blood Sisters for some light reading in between reading Immanuel Kant for a literature class (but that’s a different story). I was instantly hooked.

Alison is an artist with a mysterious past and a dark secret that haunts her every waking moment. When she finds an advertisement for an artist-in-residence at a men’s prison, she seizes the opportunity as a penitence for her past. Suddenly, Alison begins to receive anonymous notes and phone calls. She knows she is being watched. But… by whom…

Kitty is a resident in a care home with a traumatic brain injury. Although she understands what is going on around her, she can’t speak or remember her past…

There is something freaky about reading a book where someone is being watched. I could feel the hair on my neck prickle as I was reading this book late at night (probably not the best idea since it is a thriller). I was immersed into the psychology of the prisoners, and I felt like shouting to Alison, “quit your job! This is insane!”

Although I did not connect with Kitty or Alison as characters, the plot was very intriguing and realistic. The moment I thought I had the culprit figured out, I was completely surprised how Corry was able to keep me guessing until I reached the last page. When I finished the book, I was left breathless and eager to read more of Jane Corry’s books. If you liked her first novel, My Husband’s Wife, Blood Sisters is definitely a must-read.

Final Rating:

A- Cat

About the Book

Title: Blood Sisters
Author: Jane Corry
Year Published: 2018 (January 30) 
Pages: 352
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Subjects: fiction, contemporary, thriller, mystery

Until Next Time,

-Alice

 

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