Welcome back to book review session of the blog! I missed last week because I was having a terrible week and I couldn’t read anything, but I’m back! I hope you have been keeping up with the #ReadingChallenge? These reviews will be published weekly now because I’m super eager to wrap up the challenge, but I do post other books that I’m reading on Instagram, so you should definitely check out @lipglossmaffia for more book recommendations and reviews. I have also started a virtual bookclub on Whatsapp, if you would like to join, just send me an email with your phone number at firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile, if you would like to keep up with the challenge, here is the 2017 reading challenge. The year is almost over but you can still make magic happen.
For my twenty-first pick, I chose…
*A Horror Novel
Title: My Sister’s Bones
Publisher: Penguin UK
Genre: Fiction, Horror, Suspense, Psychological
Released: March, 2017
My Ratings: 5 out of 5 stars
BLURB: Kate Rafter is a successful war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped Herne Bay and the memories it holds. Her 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 first night she is woken by a terrifying scream.
What secret has Kate stumbled upon?
And is she strong enough to uncover the truth . . . and make it out alive?
MY SISTER’S BONES is a mind blowing suspense novel that you will only be able to put down for bathroom and pooping breaks. This is Nuala Ellwood’s first book so I’m waiting to see what she will come up with next.
The plot is astoundingly penned including how the book itself is put together. The story flips back and forth between two different situations that the main character Kate is entangled in than about three-fourths of the way through the book there is a part two and finally, a part three where lo and behold during these intense transformations I literally felt as if I had been kicked in the gut. Generally, a reader is used to the emotional rollercoaster that a book, especially like this, can bring about, but I had never had a physical reaction to a book such as I did with this one indeed it was quite the surprise to me. Therefore, if this writer can bring on this reaction when no others before have just imagine the possibilities. The story keeps you on your toes wondering what’s about to happen next leaving you in awe and perplexed. Throughout the book innumerable emotions are imposed upon you such as having your heart wrenched, bravery, a tad of joy and then there’s gruesomeness smacking you right upside the head. Also, a mystery saunters along with the plot holding you in its clutches along the way.
I hear Paul’s voice through the clanking sound of a bell ringing somewhere on the edge of my consciousness. Then a hand clasps round my waist, a gust of cold air whips into my face and I am one the ground, shuffling on my belly towards the mem. I feel blood in my mouth, congealing and thickening as I try to breathe. Then the sound of gunshot pummels the air. I put my head down, close my eyes and start to count, and when I open them I see his face.
I was left with many questions because of this book. How fluid is our reality? We know from scientific studies that two people can witness the same event and their explanations will not be the same. How much emotional trauma can one individual take before they lose their marbles? Also, how stressful do things have to become in one’s life before your mind tricks you into seeing things that do not exist? Then finally can one person have multiple forms of PTSD?
It’s funny but whenever I think of you two girls I see you there on that beach with your mom…I’m blindsided by a memory…I’m digging in the sand with my fingertips, waiting for the touch of a jagged tooth, but instead my hand rests on something thick and hollow. I pull it out and sit back to examine my find. The object is black and has a criss-cross pattern indented into its surface. I run my fingers along it, delighting in in the rough sandpapery feel. It is my treasure, my secret, and I sit for a few minutes holding it to my chest like a sleeping baby…My mother is yelling at me. She grabs the object and runs toward the sea…she explains that the precious object I’d held to my chest was a tiny bomb-it was most likely a remnant of the famous bouncing bombs that had been tested on Reculver beach during the war.
If you want to read a book that goes above and beyond this is the one.
Nuala Ellwood has not shied away from some serious and very intense issues in this story. With themes of domestic violence, mental health, addiction, grief and loss it is very cleverly written, with an empathy and understanding from the author that enables the reader to really connect with the characters. Each character is carefully drawn, their faults and flaws are not air-brushed, creating a quite uncomfortable realism about each one.
There is a question of reliability that hovers in the mind throughout the reading, we wonder if Kate’s version of events are true, or are a by-product of her suffering. The eventual conclusion is unexpected and shocking and left me reeling with shock and with admiration for the author’s skill.
My Sister’s Bones is exceptionally well written. It is brimming with suspense and unease, there are dark dark uneasy themes but the elegant and clever writing lift the story. Compelling and haunting.
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