My Sister (Michelle Adams)

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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!

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ARC, Headline, 2017

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In a past life, I was probably a tortured police detective with a dark and traumatic past. Right now, however, I'm just a twenty-something bookworm who loves listening to old songs and watching 90s movies. I enjoy mystery and crime, southern coming of age stories and historical fiction set in the last century.

26 thoughts on “My Sister (Michelle Adams)

  1. I saw this book in Eason’s bookshop yesterday & thought it looked intriguing, but as my TBR pile is huge at the moment I didn’t buy it. Think I’ll go back & get it tomorrow now. Thanks!

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  2. I’ve overlooked this one a few times, something about the title and cover just didn’t appeal to me but now it’s going straight on the wish-list pile! While I didn’t love The Roanoke Girls, I love that weird, eerie, unsettling feeling! Great (and much appreciated) review!

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  3. Oh I just started a suspense novel centered around two sisters! What are the odds? I even eyeballed this. I was in the mood for something different. Wondering if I should have opted for this based on your review. Time will tell 😉

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  4. Wow this sounds intriguing! I love siblings relationships and there’s something about this one that screams “weird!!” Fantastic review! I like that it’s more psychological than thriller in a way, a good story can be effective without all the surprises and shocking twists!

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  5. This book has everything that I look for in a thriller. I like the creepy feeling that you described and the fact that the book managed to surprise you. Definitely one for my TBR. Fab review!

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