eARC REVIEW: Blood Sisters by Jane Corry

INFORMATION

30523199Title:  Blood Sisters
Series:  –
Author:  Jane Corry
Publisher:  Penguin
Published:  29 June 2017
Language:  English
Format:  eBook
Pages:  464
ISBN:  9780241976722

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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS

Genre: Psychological thriller, Mystery, Adult.
Goodreads rating: 4.27

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…

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MY REVIEW

My Rating and General Opinion

3.25*

This was an interesting read, with some mystery and thriller aspects but basically a family drama that stretched on for far too long. We follow two young women in the search for the truth, resolution and redemption. That’s how I would summarize it. I enjoyed it, I was enjoying it but there came I point where I just wanted to get to the end already. Too many variables entered the pictured to give the mystery more depth but for me, didn’t quite work.

The Writing

This was my first contact with Jane Corry’s writing and I must say I didn’t anything to complain about in that respect. The introduction to characters, descriptions and interaction were very clear and concise. I found especially thrilling Kitty’s point of view. Her train of thought really seemed like a little girl’s and that’s why I was a bit confused as to how old she really was, but that only proves that the writing was on point. Still I didn’t connect with this as I had hoped!

The story alternated between the two main characters introducing also a look into the past and present. This change in personality and also in time period didn’t feel forced and was very easy to follow. I am grateful for that because sometimes novels that do flashback they don’t do it in such a coherent way.

The Story

This is where things start to get complicated. Like I previously said the story takes part in the UK where we follow a couple of young women. An artsy and severely damaged woman who starts in a new place of work (certainly a unique place to work for her) and another deranged (ok yes, I might be overreaction, I just didn’t like her at all) one living in a home for people who need special care. What’s the connection? Well, a secret (better said, secrets) and naughty behaviour.
We pick up years after an accident happen which ended up affecting, in the worst ways, a lot of people. Alison starts trying to pick up pieces and trying to redeem herself. She gives the impression of being a fugitive because she has a very secretive and solitary life. When she meets someone new, and immediately starts in a new job she starts to get paranoid but lives goes by. As for Kitty. she is not as vegetative as she seems for the outer world but still her situation only made me feel sympathy for her at the beginning, because as the story progressed we really got to meet her and… let me just say, there wasn’t much to safe there.
When this two characters finally come together, the mystery starts to unravel, slowly (too slowly). Let’s just say everything doesn’t come completely clear right until the last page. That’s why I was so frustrated. I liked how the characters were introduced and how the story progressed but it was too slow-paced. Every time we were given some notion, some clue of what happened 15 years ago, something new came along and it just kept stretching and stretching until all of our players came together to unfold the truth. New things kept coming, new surprises, although most of them quite predictable (I guess first impression most of times are correct).
And that ending?? Well, that felt more like a history repeating itself, but with nicer and much less catastrophic results.

Overall this story had some good points and I can see the good intentions and potential. For me didn’t make the final cut it could have and I think that might have been because the author tried to make the story extra complicated. If that was the case, well let’s say it backfired.

The Characters

We mainly follow the sun and the shadow or as you might know them Kitty and Alison.
Alison is sweet but not perfect. She is nothing like her young self. She was never as strong or as independent as she would have liked and after what she lost with the accident her life ended up taking a 180 degree turn. Ultimately she is good-hearted, or at least that’s the image she  projects.
Kitty is a bossy drama queen that cannot get enough of herself. You might feel sad for her situation, of course, but other than that she doesn’t do anything to gain any kind of sympathy from the reader. Yes, you discover that there something there, very well hidden, but still it wasn’t enough for me to appreciate her.
Let’s just say the family was a very complex one. A mother I didn’t feel much for. I was sympathetic towards her but I just didn’t care enough. The father/step father didn’t have as much screen time as you would have hoped but he really did have importance.

There was more about the plot and characters I would have liked to discuss but not wanting to spoil anything… That’s what you get for reading mystery/thriller books!

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This is a book I know a lot of you might love so there you go! I didn’t connect with it and didn’t love it either but I enjoyed it enough.

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I must give a big thank you to the author, Jane Corry, the publisher, Penguin Books UK and Netgalley for approving me and giving me this opportunity. This is a completely honest review.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jane  Corry

Jane Corry is a writer and journalist who has written regularly for numerous newspapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph Weekend section, the Mail on Sunday and Woman. She has spent time working as the writer-in-residence of a high security prison for men – an experience that helped inspire My Husband’s Wife, her début thriller which was a Sunday Times best-seller.. ‘I love twists and turns that keep the reader guessing until the very end! My husband says I’m a nightmare to watch dramas with as I love to work out who did it before the final revelation!’ Jane’s next novel is called Blood Sisters and is being published in June.

Jane runs regular writing workshops and speaks at literary festivals all over the world, including The Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy. Until her recent move to Devon, she was a tutor in creative writing at Oxford University. She is also an associate member of the Royal Literary Fund.

Many of Jane’s ideas come during her morning dog-jog along the beach followed by a dip in her wetsuit. (She’s an all-year-round swimmer provided the sea isn’t dangerous.) Jane also loves tennis, walking, reading, yoga, the ‘Quiet’ train carriage (a great ‘office’ for writing) and her family. She’s still coming to terms with being an empty-nester but makes up for it with lots of long-distance nagging! Jane’s second husband was a bachelor family friend who is also Godfather to her children. He makes her laugh every day although they can’t agree on how to load the dishwasher!

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