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The Wicked Sister

– tekijä: Karen Dionne

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 8) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
This was a quick read, although a bit uneven. The motivations of Aunt Charlotte are not explored, and Rachel's 15 years in an insane asylum seem like a stretch - especially as she is never told a very key piece of information, that is only revealed to her by a young journalist. ( )
  dcoward | Oct 9, 2020 |
Rachel believes that she remembers exactly what happened the day her parents were shot & justifies the last fifteen years.
Rachel’s mother, Jenny tells us what happened as it happened.
Is returning to the place that Rachel once ran from going to help her discover what really happened?

An absolutely absorbing, artfully-paced thriller that I couldn’t stop thinking about, couldn’t put down and held me on the edge from the beginning. ( )
  ShannonRose4 | Sep 15, 2020 |
Rachel believes that she remembers exactly what happened the day her parents were shot & justifies the last fifteen years.
Rachel’s mother, Jenny tells us what happened as it happened.
Is returning to the place that Rachel once ran from going to help her discover what really happened?

An absolutely absorbing, artfully-paced thriller that I couldn’t stop thinking about, couldn’t put down and held me on the edge from the beginning. ( )
  ShannonRose4 | Sep 15, 2020 |
Karen Dionne's debut novel, The Marsh King, was a runaway bestseller. She follows that success up with her newly released second novel, The Wicked Sister.

Rachel either committed or witnessed a horrific crime as a child. She has virtually no memory of the death of her parents at their remote log cabin. She ran into the woods and wasn't found for two weeks. Remarkedly, she was in good shape. Fifteen years later, she has chosen to keep herself voluntarily locked away in a psychiatric hospital. For company, she often speaks to the spider in the corner of her room. But when the journalist brother of another resident takes an interest in the killing and offers up new evidence, Rachel knows she has to confront her past - if she can remember it.

Dionne employs one of my favorite storytelling devices with past and present narratives. We follow Rachel in the present as she tries to find answers. And we meet Jenny, Rachel's mother as we come to know the past. How Rachel and her sister, Diana, grew up on a large wilderness property, communing with nature. That back and forth technique always makes for addictive reading - having to get back to a timeline, armed with new knowledge.

The Marsh King's Daughter had fairy tale elements woven through it and I found myself looking (and finding) the same in The Wicked Sister. Deep in a wood with an enchanted feel, animals endowed with a magical feel, a good sister vs. a bad sister, and more.

Dionne did a really good job with her characters. The confusion of one sister and the incarnate evil of the other jumped off the page. There are some really creepy scenes that had me shivering.

The title's a bit of a giveaway - we know that one of them is evil, but it's a roundabout trail to the final answer. One element used was a bit of a stretch for me - but note that I am quite pragmatic. A decidedly different read with the suspense genre label.

Just for fun, look up the meanings of both names - I wonder if Dionne chose the names for her lead characters based on their meanings? ( )
  Twink | Aug 14, 2020 |
This is one of those reviews that is tough to write & I think I may be an outlier here for purely subjective reasons. I’m not going to get into the story too much, the blurb will give you the gist. Instead, I’ll try to explain why this was just a case of book-reader mismatch.

When I rate a book, it’s usually a combination of points for technical ability & how much I enjoyed the read. The first was never in doubt. The author’s previous book (The Marsh King’s Daughter) was on my Top 10 list for 2017 & went on to win the Barry Award. She excels at creating memorable characters & atmospheric settings that lend the story a distinct sense of place. Easy 4 stars here.

The problem for me was with the more subjective side of the reading experience & it comes down to what kind of sub-genres you enjoy. This falls firmly in the psychological thriller column. It’s a familial battle of good vs. evil with clearly defined characters. The end is never in doubt but it’s more about the journey…..a “why-dun-it”.

What I discovered is that I’m more of a “who-dun-it” girl. I want a big, tangled & knotted mystery to pick away at….something with plenty of red herrings & misdirection to keep me guessing til the end. Unfortunately, I could see exactly where this story was going early on. The only thing in doubt was which of the peripheral characters would be left standing. For that reason, I had trouble staying absorbed in the story. Give it 3 stars for reading pleasure.

And so we get an overall rating of 3.5. I’d encourage readers to take a look at other reviews & if you’re a fan of psychological thrillers (with a nod in the direction of horror), grab this & hide somewhere you won’t be interrupted.

I’ll see myself out. ( )
  RowingRabbit | Aug 2, 2020 |
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