To be published June 29th 2017
I have to say that Blood Sisters is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. Thoroughly absorbing and gripping throughout. I was awake and reading this book until the early hours of the morning, completely unable to leave it alone.
Jane Corry’s writing has a real quality and depth to it. The characterisations and plot structure are excellent throughout.
It’s an intelligent read, exploring some difficult topics. Bereavement, post-traumatic stress, guilt, family dynamics and trust. Trust is betrayed over and over and each family member has to cope with the consequences and aftermath of one terrible day. Can they trust their own family members or the people who enter their lives as a result of the events of that day.
A tragic accident occurred. One girl is dead, another very badly injured. What happened prior to this, exactly whose fault it was and who was held accountable is the main story that is very slowly and tantalisingly revealed bit by bit. Nothing is as it first appears in this book. No-one seems to be telling the truth.
We’re kept guessing almost until the very end when more and more secrets and facts about the accident emerge.
The story, that is a fascinating blend of hidden jealousies, secrets and lies, is narrated by two sisters. The older one Alison is an art teacher who teaches the subject in an open prison with some disturbing results. I did wonder about the co-incidences that seemed to be part of Alison’s prison experiences and wondered if other readers would view them as a little far-fetched but then life can be stranger than fiction and I’ve had some very strange co-incidental occurrences happening in my life.
The author Jane Corry was at one time writer in residence of a high-security prison for men and has used her experiences to write the descriptions of prison life with some authority and those parts are fascinating too. Eventually it all becomes very scary and Alison’s life could be in danger.
The other sister Kitty, once the indulged and spoilt younger daughter narrating her side of the story is profoundly disabled and living in a residential care home as a result of the accident and unable to vocalise her thoughts and feelings. She is full of anger and frustration, frequently lashing out and at first doesn’t recall a lot about the events.
It’s quite hard to write a review for this book without giving away any spoilers but hopefully I’ve managed to do it 🙂
I loved My Husband’s Wife from this author. This one is even better!
Highly recommended 5 *****
Grateful thanks to the publisher Penguin and the author for my ARC that I’ve chosen to review with pleasure.
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About the author
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. ‘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!’
You can find Jane on Twitter at
@JaneCorryAuthor and on Facebook at JaneCorryAuthor.
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!