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by No Exit Press, 20 June 2019. ISBN: 978-0857303394
Set in a small town in the USA, Sister of Mine is
story of love, jealousy and hate, secrets and debt, and the strength of
familial bonds. The prologue starts with a young woman running away from a fire
that she has started. The following chapters set a year after the fire and
beyond, then relate retrospectively the events leading up to the fire and its knock-on
is the older sister, a woman who wants to get away from town and start afresh
but is constantly pulled back. Hattie is the more vibrant beautiful one who
stays in the family home. They are an insular unit having no relatives as their
father left when they were young, and their mother is dead. Anyone new coming
into their lives impacts the other sister. Penny marries only to find her husband
is abusive. She has to get away from him and sleeping tablets and matches are
the route she chooses. The sisters protect each other and keep their secrets.
When a new man comes to town both sisters fall for him.
small town where the women live is claustrophobic, judgemental and stifling as
is the relationship. The device of looking back creates a feeling that things
are not going to work out well. The story is told in the first person by Penny,
which may not be totally reliable, and she certainly seems to be always holding
back and justifying her actions.
book is written in a descriptive style that may not appeal to readers who like
the sharper tight writing of many crime novels. It is in essence a gentler
psychological suspense following a simple narrative (as there aren’t a lot of
twists turns). A good read for those who are looking for a well-drawn
Reviewer Christine Hammacott
Petrou is an
associate professor at the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in
Toronto. Her first book, a collection of short stories titled Between (Pedlar
Press, 2006), was a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book (Top 5 First Fiction). She is
the inaugural winner of the 2016 Half the World Global Literati Award for her
then-unpublished novel Sister of Mine.
Christine Hammacott lives near Southampton and runs her own design
consultancy. She started her career working in publishing as a book designer
and now creates covers for indie-authors. She writes page-turning fiction that
deals with the psychological effects of crime. Her debut novel A Taste of Ash is available
on Amazon, click on the title to read a review.