Book Review - Sisters by Michelle Frances


Some of us are lucky enough to have siblings which we love. We appreciate the bond that’s been created since we first were introduced and we are able to share happy memories. But this isn’t always the case. For some, the bond is dysfunctional and comes with hurt and betrayal. The latter is the case when we are introduced to Abby and Ellie.

Abby is the older of the two sisters. She has been an extremely hard-working and goal-oriented woman who has recently retired from her job as a business analyst. She is also a newlywed and living with Matteo on the Italian island of Elba. Ellie, on the other hand, has spent much of her childhood ill with mysterious, undiagnosed symptoms. She missed much of her younger school days and has always felt she had to catch up and never could. Her motto is to seize the day and worry about tomorrow later - a philosophy which has her deep into financial debt. Abby resents Ellie for being the more beautiful of the two women, and for always being their mother Susanna’s favourite. Ellie is jealous of Abby’s rich lifestyle and gorgeous new husband.

Abby invites Ellie to her home for a visit and to give Ellie a holiday. Abby also wants to share a secret with Ellie about her childhood. Before she has a chance to do so, Susanna arrives unexpectedly making it difficult for Abby to speak with Ellie privately. Then, an accident occurs which has Abby and Ellie fleeing the island for a road trip with only each other to trust and rely upon.

I was entertained by this book and found I was engaged throughout. The characters have been well developed and for the most part likeable. The theme of this book to me reflects the importance of experiences during our childhood years in shaping the adults we become. The book also highlights the importance of resolving conflict before relationships become irreparable. I appreciated reading about the adventure of this road trip and the insight that the sisters gleamed of themselves and each other during this time. I’d recommend this book to anyone who enjoys General Fiction and/or Mysteries & Thrillers.

Thanks to Netgalley and Publishers Group Canada/ PanMacMillan for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

My rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

24 comments:

  1. This book does sound like I'd enjoy reading it -- anything that keeps me engaged would be great at this time! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. This sounds like my kind of book - I love how you were kept engaged the whole way through xx

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  3. There are so many good mysteries and thrillers recently! It's nice that along with being an engaging read, this book seems to reflect upon some important life lessons too, which I've found to be pretty rare in this genre. Great review!

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    1. I agree it's rare to have life lessons in the thriller genre! Thanks for your comment.

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  4. I am a big believer in the idea that the way we are brought up impacts the future relationships we make and how we will raise our families, so this book sounds like a learning opportunity as well as a good read!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. The plot of this book sounds so interesting and intriguing! Thanks for sharing your review, I'll have to check it out!

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  6. I like the sound of that and I'd agree that our childhood experiences and the way we're brought up shape the adults that we become.

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  7. I'll definitely have to check this out. I always like books that deal with a sister bond even if it may not be the best bond.

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  8. Although we don't get along with our siblings all the time, they're meant to be there for us and share some exciting memories. Oooh, Abby sounds like me LOL! The two sisters having to rely on each other to get out of the island sounds exciting. Glad you enjoyed the read overall!

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  9. This sounds like a great read! I don't have any siblings, which I think is the reason I'm always drawn to novels about the sibling relationship!

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  10. This sounds like such a great read, I love the sound of the characters. I'm an only child and always find books about family dynamics like that so interesting x

    Sophie
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  11. Sounds like a great book. I will add to my list and will definitely check it out (: thanks for posting it! - papermintbooks.con

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  12. This sounds like a good book to read. You've written such a great review that has me interested without giving too much away.

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