I felt that this book was very well written. Good character development. Good mystery. Well developed plot. It wasn't a spell binding page turner but it was a very good read.
The way the story of the past was written in the present in a format of a letter to the dead sister was a unique presentation.
I have a DLitt and Phil Degree which must imply a level of discernment? I just clocked over at 60. The significance is that I have read a whole lot of books. I'm now revisiting some of my all time favourites - and enjoying some first time round books. Books are my friends. Audible is JUST AMAZING - takes me back to pre -TV days, with my ear pressed to a crackly transistor radio - but now SO MUCH better and more 'classy' from a Kindle!
And in fact, you may find yourself dropping off and wondering what happened during the last 10 minutes. It doesnt really matter. There is very little adrenalin sucking thrill about this book. Beautifully read, in a rich warm, velvety voice it is soothing, comforting and quite tiring. Perhaps not the best company whilst driving - especially not on a long trip. If there was something introguing about the story I missed it as it may well have been in the lengthy tracts when I switched off and out. Could be about my inability to remain engaged, not about Sister at all... Charmaine Elliott
This was a great summer read. Not because it is light and fluffy, quite the opposite, but because it is the kind of book that keeps you up very late at night to finish and it's good to be on vacation and not need to get up for work or to get kids ready for school the next morning. That is how I read it. In one night. Stayed awake til after one am to do so. Something about the way the author constructed the plot and the unfolding revelations kept me turning the pages/listening. The shifting tenses and backwards way of looking forwards ( if that makes sense) was an unusual but effective style.
I realized almost immediately after beginning this book that the blurb on the back and the phrase on the front are misleading. You find out very early on that the fate or location of Bea's sister is not in question. It's the who and why that needs to be revealed. Its a very well done, darkly imagined story with a, for me, unexpected development at the end. I hesitate to cheapen it with the twist label because looking back, clues to that development were laced subtly throughout the narrative and made me really curious to get to the end to find out what she was alluding to. I just didn't expect it to be that.
I don't have a sister, but I can imagine that if I did I'd be calling her today.
I absolutely loved this audiobook. The narrator was absolutely perfect for this book, told from the perspective of a single woman, and I was completely gripped from start to finish. I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough. Five stars.
This is a novel in need of much editing, poorly written and with a plot that relies on a primitive gimmick. The narrator does a good job with the voices but reads so slowly that it is excruciating. I turned my ipod to the fastest setting, which usually makes the reader sound like a high, squeaky chipmunk, but in this case it sounded normal and still too slow. Maddening. But the problem here is not the narrator. It is the weak plot, based on a crude gimmick, and peopled with single-dimension caricatures. What a waste.