Indeed, there’s something interesting in the way that Johnson uses readerly expectation and generic convention to her advantage, timing her revelations perfectly, allowing the reader to hear echoes of other writers without the novel ever feeling derivative or formulaic. What an insult. She notes that “September could make her sister do anything; had always been able to. And it couldn't be more fitting for this slim mind fuck of a novel. The entire novel is a bit circular in storytelling so some pieces are left out and some are repeated. The first two-thirds of Sisters is filled with allusions to the event that lies at the crux of the story; these sprinkled tidbits of information slowly work to clear the dirt away from the truth of what happened. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. In the wake of a terrible act of violence that is initially hinted at but left murky, the girls leave Oxford and head north to Yorkshire, to the Settle House, owned by their dead father’s sister. I think then, as I have so many times, she is the person I have always wanted to be. But not for much longer…, omg this book cover ?!?!?!? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. August 25th 2020 They explore and play strange games. Oh dear, I'm fully expecting to be an outlier here: I didn't like Everything Under but was curious to give Johnson another try with this book: but nope, sorry, she just isn't a writer I can get along with. She leaves the sisters to their own devices, seemingly overcome by the failure of her relationship with the girls’ father. The setting and emotions evoked are good for a spooktober read! Johnson skillfully leads the reader through her labyrinthian narra. We witness September’s rage, her planned revenge. Outside, the sisters push the boundaries of behaviour - until a series of shocking encounters test the limits of their shared experience and forces shocking revelations about the girls past and future. The game has never gone this way before, although it has always threatened to: September says swallow this tiny battery, go lie in the road when the lights are red,” July says about this incident, saying that she didn’t tell her mother what happened because she knew that her sister would never forgive her. The book centers around two sisters, September and July, named after the months they were born in less than a year apart. The fact that most readers will see the final twist coming doesn’t undermine its power. Following a case of school bullying, the teens have moved away with their single mother to a long abandoned family home near the shore. September and July are sisters, born 10 months apart and joined by some deep supernatural bond: when July, who narrates much of the novel, bites September’s arm, she can read her sister’s thoughts. Sheela sees a lot of him in September, but holds herself back from really analyzing what that means.

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