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Title: The Other Sister
Author: Sarah Zettel
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publish Date: August 28, 2018
Everyone thought reckless, troubled Geraldine Monroe was the bad sister-especially when she fled town after her mother’s death twenty-five years ago.
But people don’t know the truth.
Marie Monroe knows. She was there for their father’s cruel punishments, the constant manipulation, the lies. Everyone thinks she’s the perfect daughter-patient and kind, and above all obedient. No one would suspect her of anything. Especially not murder.
Now Geraldine’s home again, and she and Marie have united in a plan for the ultimate revenge. But when old secrets and new fears clash, everyone is pushed to the breaking point . . . and the sisters will learn that they can’t trust anyone-not even each other.
Geraldine and Marie’s mother died over twenty years ago, and Geraldine left shortly after her death. Their mother was an alcoholic, and Geraldine spent a good deal of time taking care of her. Though Geraldine left, Marie stayed in town and helped her father with the home and business. The father, Martin, was cruel and controlling. The home life of the girls was less than ideal, though they put up a good front that things were better than they appeared. Many years have passed, but with Geraldine back in town, old wounds are reopening.
Geraldine is back in town for her nephew’s graduation, and it looks like she’ll be staying for a while. Her sister, Marie, is happy to have Geraldine back, but their father, Martin, is suspicious of Geraldine’s reasons for being in town.
This book uses alternating points of view, plus multiple timelines. Most of the story takes place in present day, but a good deal of the book is devoted to flashbacks of when the women were young girls and teens. I found the alternating points of view to be fine, but the alternating timelines were not as well done. The story lost focus and too much was happening.
I did enjoy the excerpts of Geraldine’s book on fairytales that she is writing. Her excuse for staying in town is because she is writing a book, and her field of study is fairytales. This added to the atmosphere of the story, and gave it a little bit of an eerie feel.
The story about the sisters is intriguing. They have difficult pasts and uncertain futures. This was more of a slow burn story, but things do pick up toward the end of the book. Dark, convoluted, and treacherous.
I borrowed this book from my local library.