Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today I’m going to be posting the newest instalment to my “Top Shelf Spotlight” series – ‘Blood Sisters’ by Jane Corry. You can find the other posts in the series here. In this series, I will be focusing on one book in particular that has made my “top shelf/favourites” bookshelf. I’ll be giving you some information on the book, as well as sharing some of my personal thoughts on the novel. I hope you enjoy this series, and please leave any feedback below, including any other posts or series you’d like to see on my blog! So, here goes…
THREE LITTLE GIRLS SET OFF TO SCHOOL ONE SUNNY MAY MORNING.
WITHIN AN HOUR, ONE OF THEM IS DEAD.
Kitty lives in a care home. She can’t speak properly, and she has no memory of the accident that put her here. At least that’s the story she’s sticking to.
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 sunny morning in May.
And only another life will do…
About the Author.
Jane Corry is the author of three psychological thriller novels: ‘My Husband’s Wife’, ‘Blood Sisters’ and ‘The Dead Ex’. Her latest novel, ‘I Looked Away’, is due to be released on 27th June 2019. Corry is a writer, journalist and creative writing teacher. After spending three years working in a high-security male prison, she began writing thrillers.
About the Book.
Release Date: June 2017
Genre: Psychological Thriller, Suspense
Average Goodreads rating: 3.79
Author’s other works: ‘My Husband’s Wife’ (2016), ‘The Dead Ex’ (2018).
Themes explored: Physical illness/disability, mental illness, childhood trauma, death, sexual abuse, rape.
Favourite character/narrator: Alison!
What I liked/overall standout elements:
- I really enjoyed the author’s choice of narrative method. The narrative is told in the form of diary entries, from the first-person perspectives of Alison and Kitty. It is narrated mostly in the present day, but some entries from the past are also included. The reader is provided with an in-depth insight to the characters’ thoughts, feelings and emotions.
- The characterisation of Alison is fantastic. She’s an artist and her new job gives her the opportunity to share her love for art with others. But deep down, she’s deeply traumatised by her past and is struggling to cope. She suffers with some mental health issues and is very vulnerable. She’s a very realistic character that I really related to.
- I really appreciated the author’s choice of profession for the protagonist. Alison takes a job as an artist-in-residence at a local prison, and comes into contact with many dangerous criminals. The depiction of this profession felt realistic and authentic, and I learnt a lot about what it’s really like to work in a prison.
- The theme of physical illness/disability is explored really well. The other protagonist, Kitty, is left brain-damaged after a childhood accident and now lives in a care home. I really appreciated Corry’s decision to include Kitty’s complex thoughts and feelings, although she cannot physically verbalise any of these. Corry’s depiction of disability was very eye-opening.
- There are many Crime/Thriller elements incorporated in this novel, such as increasing suspense, mystery and tension surrounding what happened to Kitty, plenty of twists and turns, and a fantastic ending.
- The novel ends brilliantly. There’s a dramatic end scene in which the truth about the childhood accident is finally revealed. Kitty is finally able to tell her side of the story, and the truth is absolutely shocking. I was really satisfied with the ending, and felt very glad that the truth finally came out.
Happy reading 🙂