Sunday, 18 June 2017

Book Review: BLOOD SISTERS BY JANE CORRY


BLOOD SISTERS
BY
JANE CORRY

Three little girls set off to school one sunny May morning.
Within an hour, one of them is dead.

Fifteen years later, Alison and Kitty are living separate lives. Kitty lives in a care home. She can't speak, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here, or her life before it.
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 day.
And only another life will do...


Blood Sisters is published by Penguin on 29 June 2017 and is Jane Corry's second novel after the bestseller My Husband's Wife


This is the story of two sisters:

Alison, who feels guilty all the time, but about what we're not sure, she talks about 'the accident' and how her life changed after it, she has no friends which suits her just fine, she's an art teacher and decides to take a job in the local prison even though the thought of being in there with the prisoners makes her nervous.  She self-harms and doesn't visit her sister Kitty.

Kitty is in a care home.  In her dreams she can run, ride a bike, even do her shoe laces up, but in reality she can't do any of those things.  Her voice is loud and clear in her head but her words come out all jumbled up and no-one can understand what she's saying.  At first her memory of what happened is sketchy but gradually she starts to have flashbacks of her life and 'the accident'.

In the prison Alison feels she's being watched and becomes paranoid.  

At this stage of the story there were several coincidences which I found very difficult to believe, and I did consider giving up.  Also, Kitty found love in the care home and, again, some of the situations she found herself in I just couldn't imagine happening in real life.

I did stick with it, though, and overall I'm glad I did, as the story really gripped me and the last 150 pages just flew by.  

The writing was good with well-developed characters.  This is a story of revenge and jealousy, but I felt it suffered from too many coincidences to be entirely credible.

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