Title: The Sisters
Author: Claire Douglas
Release Date: August 2015
My Rating: 3/10 Gave Up
One lied. One died.
When one sister dies, the other must go to desperate lengths to survive. Haunted by her twin sister’s death, Abi is making a fresh start in Bath. But when she meets twins Bea and Ben, she is quickly drawn into their privileged and unsettling circle.
When one sister lies, she must protect her secret at all costs. As Abi tries to keep up with the demands of her fickle friends, strange things start to happen – precious letters go missing and threatening messages are left in her room. Is this the work of the beautiful and capricious Bea? Or is Abi willing to go to any lengths to get attention? When the truth outs, will either sister survive?
It’s very, very rare I don’t finish a book. In fact, I can only name two that I’ve given up on in the past few years. This, however, is a book that I simply couldn’t carry on with. Perhaps I was in the wrong frame of mind at the time. Perhaps I gave up before it got good? Regardless, I couldn’t bring myself to read more than around 100 pages.
The main reason I gave up on this is the characters. I just didn’t understand them or their motives. I understand that Abi is deeply affected by her sister’s death, but as soon as she decided to move in with a weird girl she’d only known for a week, I knew I wasn’t going to enjoy it. Who moves in with someone they don’t know just because they think they’re cool and they look a bit like you? Argh. Get to know the girl first! I didn’t read on to see all the bad stuff I’m assuming eventually happens because I didn’t care. Abi was infuriating, as was Bea and the constant hints that she’s hiding a secret without telling us what it is. Yeah, I get it, she’s hiding something, can we move on now?
I read this book because I mildly enjoyed Claire Douglas’s more recent offering Local Girl Missing. Again, I didn’t quite get the character’s motives, but the story was quite gripping. The Sister’s however, just felt amateurish both in writing style and plot.
I really hate leaving negative reviews, and The Sisters has half decent ratings on Goodreads, so maybe you’ll enjoy it more than I did, but I wouldn’t bother finding out if I were you.