Sometimes you find yourself a few chapters into a new book and you’re still not fully hooked. Blood Sisters was said book. I persevered however and I’m so glad I did because this ended up being one of the most thought-provoking books I’ve read all year. High praise indeed.
Three girls set off for school one morning but within an hour one of them is dead. Fifteen years later and the 2 girls who survived are still dealing with that happened that day and the secrets of the fateful accident. Ali is an artist who takes a job at a local mens prison as a way of addressing her guilt whilst Kitty is confined to a nursing home where she struggles to communicate with those around her.
As the 2 girls fight their demons the secrets they thought they’d buried about that ill-fated day start to rise to the surface and they’re reminded of what it really means to be a ‘blood sister’.
The thing I loved most about this book was that it introduced 2 new perspectives that I’ve never read from before. Exploring the world of Kitty who was left brain damaged following the accident was a sensitive and intriguing move from Jane Corry. Kitty’s chapters explored her inner most thoughts as she tried with all her might to express herself and the frustration of not being able to that luckily, most of us can only imagine.
I also really loved the chapters that explored Ali’s work in the prison. Life behind prison gates is, for most of us, a mystery therefore I found these sections super interesting. At one point I even found myself debating a career change but that phase didn’t last long (surprise, surprise!)
This was a book that explored the worlds and thoughts of the characters just as much as it focused on twists and turns (and there were plenty of those as well, but hey I’m not here to spoilt it for ya!) Although the first few chapters did feel a little slow they provided much-needed context and set the scene well for what was to come.
Get your best autumnal candle burning, throw on your dressing gown and settle down for an afternoon with Ali, Kitty and the secrets that haunt them. You won’t be disappointed.