My Sister tells the story of Irini, who was given away by her parents at the age of three, whilst her volatile, destructive sister was kept within the family. Twenty years later Irini receives a phone call from her estranged sister to say that their mother has died, compelling her to return for the first time to the family home, and to uncover the shocking truth that has defined both their lives.
I admit I wasn’t so sure about this book at first, especially since I haven’t enjoyed psychological thrillers that much lately. Fortunately, My Sister was a truly unique and suspenseful read that not only managed to grab my attention but also made me feel unsettled and weird. And how I love it when books make me feel uneasy!
This was the tale of two different sisters, Irini and Eleanor. Irini was given away by her parents when she was three years old and she has never understood why they didn’t keep her instead of her sister. She went to live with an aunt that didn’t love her and has struggled with relationships ever since. When her mother dies, she returns home and reconnects with Elle while uncovering dark secrets about her childhood.
This was way more “psychological” than “thriller” and I think it’s precisely what made it so special. Forget about the classic domestic thriller, this was way more gothic and eerie, kind of like what I felt when reading The Roanoke Girls. Don’t you love it when books are not what you expected at all? When the plot captivates you even though you don’t even like most the characters?
Irini was a weird one, that’s for sure. I couldn’t understand most of her decisions, but at the same time I really felt for her and found her relationship with Elle fascinating. Elle was not a really good person but was nevertheless appealing and you couldn’t get enough of her. Impulsive and volatile, you just never knew what she was going to do next. She was unpredictable and a great character to read about. If you enjoy stories about toxic relationships, look no further.
The book revealed few secrets that caught me by surprise and while it didn’t feature a shocking twist, I was kind of grateful for that. My Sister didn’t need it. Michelle Adam’s beautiful writing certainly makes it stand out from the rest of books about family secrets that I’ve recently read. Prepare for a slow-burning creepy adventure!
ARC, Headline, 2017