Title: My Sister’s Bones
Author: Nuala Ellwood
Published: January 2017
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Length: 400 pages
Source: Paperback from the publisher
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
‘COMPELLING AND INTRIGUING, RIGHT FROM THE VERY FIRST PAGE’
Sharon Bolton, Sunday Times bestselling author of Like This, For Ever
Kate Rafter is a high-flying war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped their father. Her younger sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks.
But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return to the old family home. And on her very first night she is woken by a scream.
At first Kate tells herself it’s just a nightmare. But then terrifying things start to happen, things she can’t explain…
What secret is lurking in her mother’s garden?
And what if the real danger is where you least expect it?
I knew absolutely nothing about this book before I received it and I jumped in completely blind, too. So this was a unique experience for me to read a thriller with absolutely no idea where it was heading.
Kate is struggling. Her mother has just died, her sister refuses to talk to her – lost in her alcoholism – and she’s still seeing things and hearing voices. Fresh off the plane from Aleppo in Syria, Kate has seen some truly horrific things in her lifetime. While trying to sort out her mother’s house, Kate is convinced that there is a little boy next door being abused. But is there really, or is she just imagining him because of the little boy she left behind in Syria?
This book took me on a journey. There are so many different aspects to this book, gradually revealed and expertly woven together to create a masterpiece of intrigue, questions, secrets, and revelations. Kate’s family life means it’s no surprise that she’s struggling mentally in the present. Her father was an abusive alcoholic, her sister was his favourite and she lorded that over her. Kate has had to struggle through her family life, her relationship with the love her life falling apart, and then the events of Syria.
After losing it and being arrested, Kate tries to remain calm. She needs people to believe her about the little boy. But no one does.
Her sister, Sally, hasn’t had a much easier life. Trying to keep the peace as a child never worked, after falling pregnant as a young teenager she feels she’s failed miserably as a mother now that her daughter has abandoned her too. There just seems to be no hope for the sisters as they fail to reconcile in the wake of their mother’s death. Between them, Sally’s husband Paul tries his hardest to bridge the gap.
I think my favourite thing about this whole story was just how many different facets to it there were. Just when you thought the story was over, something else is revealed that throws everything into a new light. It’s an emotional rollercoaster of a ride. A page-turner with shocking revelations that will have the reader on the edge of their seat, My Sister’s Bones is a thriller of epic proportions and one not to be missed.