I’m so excited to be a part of the blog tour for My Sister’s Bones, a novel I hugely enjoyed reading! Read on to see my review and check out the other stops on the blog tour below:
Kate Rafter is a high-flying war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped their father. Her younger sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks.
But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return home. And on her first night she is woken by a terrifying scream.
At first Kate tells herself it’s just a nightmare. But then she hears it again. And this time she knows she’s not imagining it.
What secret is lurking in the old family home?
And is she strong enough to uncover it…and make it out alive?
I can’t believe how much I enjoyed My Sister’s Bones! Brilliantly written, it manages to be tense and dramatic without seeming over the top – it strikes just the right balance!
The main character, Kate, was brilliantly crafted; she was a strong woman and I really cared about her, although – as the author no doubt intended – I did lose faith in her judgement and sanity at some points and started to question the truth in everything she was saying. I don’t have any experience of PTSD, luckily, but reading Kate’s experience of it rang true with me and I felt that it seemed to be portrayed pretty realistically.
Kate’s sister, Sally, seemed pretty horrible from the start, and so I found her hard to warm to initially, but as you read on you identify with her a bit more. I really enjoyed reading about Sally because she seemed well developed and interesting – not everyone in life can be lovely and do everything right, after all! Nuala Ellwood strikes just the right chord with My Sister’s Bones, developing the characters really well and making you care about them but also showing all their faults. This way you really feel like they could be real people – convincing and intriguing at the same time!
The story surprised me, with a different kind of ending to what I’d expected. There were a few bits that I felt I had to suspend my disbelief for, but that’s kind of a given for this genre and it added even more excitement to the story. I guessed one element of the ending but everything else was a surprise and I loved uncovering it all as the novel went on – so much fun to read!
I found I couldn’t put this down without having to read just another chapter. The two parts of the book work so well together and I will be advising everyone I know to read this, whether they’re a fan of the psychological thriller genre or not! I am now eagerly awaiting a second book from Ms Ellwood!