My Sister and Other Liars – Psychological Thriller

My Sister and Other Liars – by Ruth Dugdall

Why I read:  My Amazon Prime  Kindle First read for April.  This looked great for travel reading, a psychological thriller with twists to keep me entertained.

Book blurb: “Sam is seventeen, starving herself and longing for oblivion. Her sister, Jena, is mentally scarred and desperate to remember. Between them, they share secrets too terrible to recall.

Eighteen months earlier, Sam was still full of hope: hope that she could piece together Jena’s fragmented memory after the vicious attack that changed their family forever. But digging into the past unearthed long-hidden lies and betrayals, and left Sam feeling helpless and alone in a world designed to deceive her.

Now, in a last bid to save her from self-imposed shutdown, Sam’s therapist is helping her confront her memories. But the road to recovery is a dangerous one. Because Sam has not only been lying to her doctors: she’s been hiding dark secrets from herself.”

My review

An intriguing mystery and psychological thriller filled with a sad and disturbing tale. Sam is a young women on a mental health unit for eating disorders. As part of her therapy for anorexia she starts to recall her past that led her there. The book tackles difficult subjects and traumas Sam and her family have endured so is not an easy read. But there is plenty to keep you gripped and wondering to the very end. It is a book of twists and darkness that makes uncomfortable reading but still a book you can’t put down.

I’d recommend to people who enjoy mystery and female/family based psychological thrillers.

****

Kindle Edition, 364 pages  Published May 1st 2017 by Thomas & Mercer

 

 

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Short reviews of books read last year

I reviewed a few of my reads from last year.

The Mistake I Made by Paula Day

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25110726-the-mistake-i-made

A psychological thriller told from the point of view of Roz a single mother struggling with horrific debt. The story explores choices she makes in an effort to get out of debt and demonstrates how all actions have consequences.

I enjoyed the twists and escalation of situations Roz found herself in. A fun easy read, the pages flew by which was perfect for travelling.

****

The Boy with the Cuckoo-Clock Heart by Mathias Malzieu, Sarah Ardizzone (Translator)

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6671933-the-boy-with-the-cuckoo-clock-heart

This is a sad, bittersweet love story with about a boy who has a cuckoo-clock attached to his heart and falls in love with a fragile singer. The writing is enchanting and textured like a poetic fairy-tale. Although I enjoyed the first part of the book and the dark sinister tones. I still found myself rushing to the end as I found it hard to relate to the characters.

***

The World Inside by Robert Silverberg

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/261625.The_World_Inside

A well written story that is filled with many interesting concepts and well developed characters. A future vision of large apartment complexes, self sustaining and filled to the brim with humans whilst the rest of the planet is used to make food. It gives a fascinating view of how society could cope with overpopulation. The chapters form their own stories each being told through the eyes of different person which gradually get darker as the book progresses. Ethics and morality are explored as each person’s status is determined by the floor they are born on.

However I can’t say I enjoyed the book, many parts were creepy and disturbing. Some sections seemed too much like a guys porn fantasy with features of this “utopia” including every woman being available to their sexual desires and forbidden to decline their advances. Overall though it is worth a read as an interesting exploration of a horrific future

***