Real sisters are more important than blood sisters, aren’t they???
3 people : 3 girls growing up to 2 women with an accident in their midst ; misstep or murder?? Why was a kid with learner’s license allowed to drive a car?? Where are kids’ mothers?? What really happened on that day?? The answers to all these questions is hidden in the pages of this book.
This is the basic plot line told in alternate voices of two sisters, Allison and Kitty, in two different time lines; one is the present 2016-2017 and the other is the past 2001 and the days preceeding to that fateful day. One accident spoils the lives of three families and they deal with the aftermath for years to come, the secrets, the horrors hidden in a damaged brain, the truth.
Two real sisters, but what really binds them : blood or past memories?? Guilt?? There is both love and envy…
Allison, a straight A student heading for college, post accident, suddenly drops out and turns to art. She teaches an evening class in the college on stained glass making and joins an open prison as an art teacher for three days a week. She meets Clive and life appears smooth for her. But she is a cutter. Is cutting herself and going to jail to teach a class, a penance for her crime??
Kitty, her younger half sister, locked in her own brain, where impulses from the brain do not reach the body. She is stuck to a wheelchair with hidden memories, in a care home where nobody understands her. She cannot talk but her brain does not stop talking. She knows she must remember something but what?? Will she remember the past, remember the blood pact made with her friend and be loyal??
Every character introduced in the book has his/her own secret… Mother, Lilian’s relationship with Alison’s dad, Kitty’s hate and fear of her own dad David, Alison’s boyfriend-of-sorts Clive with his strange absences, prison inmates, Martin, Stefan, Kurt and how they connect to Alison in prison, Kitty’s attraction to Johnny, and best friend Vanessa who shares her secret.
This is Jane Corry’s second book. Her pace of writing is initially difficult to follow but the subsequent pages make it easy. She soon connects the dots to all the questions and the end is a grand finale. The plot builds up slowly rising in fervor. It is labeled as a psychological thriller, but I did not get that, there was no rush of adrenaline, it comes across more as a mystery. It didn’t take me on a journey. I lost my connection to the characters, instead of being a part of story, I felt like a viewer of the story.
Jane Corry’s first book, ‘My Husband’s Wife’ was fabulous.. This is a little offbeat in its reading. I would definitely read more of her books as the story line is always good but with a little lesser expectations. There is a quote from the book that I liked especially;
Love is close to hate when it comes to sisters, you’re as close as two humans can be, you come from the same womb, the same background, even if you are poles apart mentally. That’s why it hurts so much when your sister is unkind to you…
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Penguin Books and this is my honest and unbiased opinion
My rating : 4 stars
About the Author
Jane Corry is a former magazine journalist who spent three years working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men. She had never been inside a jail before and this often hair-raising experience helped inspire her debut psychological thriller, the Sunday Times bestseller My Husband’s Wife.
Jane is a regular life story judge for the Koestler Awards given to prisoners for art and writing. Until recently, Jane was a tutor in creative writing at Oxford University, and she now runs writing workshops in her local area of Devon and speaks at literary festivals all over the world. She has three grown up children and writes the ‘Diary of a First-Time Grandmother’ column for the Daily Telegraph.
Two women. Two versions of the truth.
Kitty lives in a care home. She can’t speak properly, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here. At least that’s the story she’s sticking to.Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. When a job in a prison comes up she decides to take it – this is her chance to finally make things right.
But someone is watching Kitty and Alison.Someone who wants revenge for what happened that sunny morning in May.
Publication date : 29th June 2017
Publisher : Penguin
Language : English
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Secrets & twists between sisters