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Tuesday 22 November 2016

My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood

My Sister’s Bones

When Kate Rafter returns from reporting in a war zone to her old family home in the UK, she starts to experience a series of disturbing and bewildering events. We learn that she has a troubled family background and is estranged from her sister, Sally, and as the book progresses the past is unravelled to show us why.

But meanwhile she is challenged by events and images she thinks she has seen and heard, but can’t be sure about. Most pressingly, what is going on in the garden of the house next door to her mother’s house and can she help before it’s too late?

I found this novel a very gripping and emotional read. The author has family links to the world of war reporting and her sensitive handling of this aspect of the story really reflects this. Some parts of the story are heartbreaking.

The phrase ‘jaw-dropping twist that you won’t see coming’ is somewhat overused with reference to psychological thrillers these days, but in the case of this book it is actually true. And there isn’t just one twist, there are several. You’ll hardly have recovered from one before being hit with the next.

All in all, a very accomplished novel and a great, if sometimes disturbingly dark, read.

Thanks very much to the publishers for a review copy of this book.

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