Book Review: My Sister's Bones

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

My Sister's Bones by Nuala Ellwood

From the publisher:
In the vein of Fiona Barton’s The Widow and Renée Knight’s Disclaimer, a psychological thriller about a war reporter who returns to her childhood home after her mother’s death but becomes convinced that all is not well in the house next door—but is what she’s seeing real or a symptom of the trauma she suffered in Syria?
The One Person You Should Trust Is Lying to You…
Kate has spent fifteen years bringing global injustice home: as a decorated war reporter, she’s always in a place of conflict, writing about ordinary people in unimaginable situations. When her mother dies, Kate returns home from Syria for the funeral. But an incident with a young Syrian boy haunts her dreams, and when Kate sees a boy in the garden of the house next door—a house inhabited by an Iraqi refugee who claims her husband is away and she has no children—Kate becomes convinced that something is very wrong.
As she struggles to separate her memories of Syria from the quiet town in which she grew up—and also to reconcile her memories of a traumatic childhood with her sister’s insistence that all was not as Kate remembers—she begins to wonder what is actually true…and what is just in her mind.
In this gripping, timely debut, Nuala Ellwood brings us an unforgettable damaged character, a haunting , humanizing look at the Syrian conflict, and a deeply harrowing psychological thriller that readers won’t be able to put down.
Page count: 416
Published by: William Morrow Paperbacks
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This is a great suspenseful novel based in real-life emotional turmoil. It does a great job of combining the trauma of experiencing war and death with the psychological suspense you expect in a thriller. This is a dark and gripping book. It doesn't hold back. 
It has a bit of a slow start, and some portions were lacking in full-bodied emotion or suspense, as both were being included, often to the detriment of one or the other. However, this kept interest and is a good one to pick up for anyone interested in suspenseful novels that also deal with PTSD or related issues. 
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This book was provided to me by TLC Book Tours and HarperCollins in exchange for my review. 

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