As a thriller Sister is a great book especially for those wanting a gentle introduction to get into more complicated stories with more complex plots and characters. The story jumps back and forth purposely; included Beatrice’s monologues that help you to understand the family, unusual dynamic of relationships, and characters better.
Beatrice is a very generic female, sister, wife that has aspects about her that are quite likeable such as kindness. Beatrice and her attempts to unravel the mystery of her sister’s death are quite slow, very easy to follow and figure out who might be involved. Start of the novel has not kept me craving for more. However as the plot speeds up I could not help myself but to read five minutes more, and more to finish at least one chapter more.
On the other side the book can be treated as a very easy, light introduction to the thriller genre. The downside of the book are simplified male characters. Personally I do not enjoy books that are stereotyping. For example Kasia's partner is a weak and not supportive Eastern European male who is abusive, aggressive and is implied that he lives off benefits and has some sort of addiction. If stereotyping has been used to represent Beatrice's point of view it was not sharp-witted.
The author knows how to create suspense and uses plot twists in a very cleaver way for a debut. I recommend this book unless of course you are irritated by unsolved and not clear endings. I see why quite a few readers can feel disappointed with lack of closed ending. Although I would love to know what happens with Beatrice as I liked her naïve yet determine character, I do not mind the ending being open for interpretation. I would rather believe in happy ending.
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