Tuesday 2 May 2017

BLOG TOUR: My Sister - Michelle Adams

My name is Irini. I was given away.

My name is Elle. I was kept.

All her life Irini thought she was given away because her family didn't want her. What if the truth is something worse?

Two sisters. Two separate lives.

One family bound by a harrowing secret.

What did I think?

There are some great debut novels being published at the moment and My Sister by Michelle Adams is no exception.  This is a hooked from the start kind of book and there's no leading the reader in gently as on the very first page we experience Irini's fear at the phone ringing during the night.  It's never good news at such an hour but Irini has cause to be even more fearful; it means that her sister, Elle, has found her again.  When Elle tells Irini that their mother has died, Irini doesn't ask how she died, she just assumes that Elle has killed her.  All this in the first 2 short chapters!  There were so many hooks I felt like a lone fish in a fishing competition.

The relationship between the sisters forms the basis for the whole story; they are anything but close as Irini was given away at the age of 3 and Elle remained with their parents.  This is most definitely a cross that Irini has had to bear her whole life as she constantly wonders why her parents would keep one daughter but give another away.   When Elle takes Irini to the family home in Scotland for her mother's funeral, Irini meets her father for the first time since she was given away.  She naturally has questions for him but it is clear on her arrival at the house that Elle is in control and her father seems almost afraid of Elle.  Irini is suspicious and also a little scared of Elle as the simmering pot of underlying tension in the book made it feel like Elle could flip at any time.  When Irini starts to dig into her background, she has no idea what skeletons she might find hiding in the closet.

Time absolutely flew by whilst I was reading My Sister and I read it within 24 hours.  The compelling writing of Michelle Adams creates so much tension and apprehension that it made me suspect every single character of not being who they appear to be.  I loved the flashbacks to when Irini was growing up and Elle appeared in her life now and again, leaving behind a trail of devastation and destruction in her wake.  It's definitely a book that got under my skin and I could never have imagined the direction the book went in.  

My Sister is well worth picking up if you're looking for a twisty, gripping quick read but be warned that you will struggle to put it down once you pick it up.  A fantastic debut from Michelle Adams and I'll definitely be keeping a keen eye out for her next release.

I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest and unbiased opinion.

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About the author

Michelle Adams grew up in the UK and now lives in Cyprus, where she works as a part-time scientist. She read her first Stephen King novel at the tender age of nine, and has been addicted to suspense fiction ever since. MY SISTER is her first novel.

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