My name is Irini. I was given away.
My name is Elle. I was kept.
All her life Irini thought she was given away because her family didn't want her. What if the truth is something worse?
Two sisters. Two separate lives.
One family bound by a harrowing secret.
I really enjoyed this book by Michelle Adams. A taut, frightening tale about two sisters and the poisoned relationship that binds them.
Irini and Elle are two very different sisters. Irini is shy and she is still trying to work out who she is; Elle is confident, bold, outgoing and dangerous. But something is not right in their relationship. When Irini was three her parents decided to give her up but decided to keep Elle. Irini desperately wants to know why her parents abandoned her when she was only a baby. Why did they choose to keep Elle and not her?
I found My Sister impossible to put down once I had started. Michelle’s writing is hugely addictive and she draws you into her characters world. There was some really nice description in her writing. I loved the depth that she explored in the two sisters’ and she made me want to get to the bottom of it all and what started their spiky relationship.
The novel begins with Irini receiving a call from her sister in the middle of the night. Elle tells her that their mother has died and asks if she will be coming to the funeral. For Irini this is her chance to find out why she was given away as a baby, maybe she can finally get to the bottom of it all.
There are some unsettling scenes in this book and I found Elle a really dislikeable character, but this was great in adding to the tension and it kept me turning the pages to find out what happened next. You can sense a storm looming on every single page of this book and the revelations towards the end really did surprise me.
If you start reading this book, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t have any plans for the rest of the day because you’ll want to get it finished. A great debut! Five stars from me. Thank you to Millie Seward at Headline for sending me a copy to review.
Publication date: 20th April 2017
Print length: 384 pages