The Good Sister – Jamie Kain
Well, if this doesn’t make it into my top books of the year list when I complete the Perpetual Page Turner’s End of Year Survey for 2014, the only reason I could have is if I come across something pretty bloody spectacular in the next five months. This is amazing.
The Kinsey sisters live in an unconventional world. Their parents are former flower-children who still don’t believe in rules. Their small, Northern California town is filled with free spirits and damaged souls seeking refuge from the real world. Without the anchor of authority, the three girls are adrift and have only each other to rely on.
Rachel is wild. Asha is lost. Sarah, the good sister, is the glue that holds them together. But the forces of a mysterious fate have taken Sarah’s life in a sudden and puzzling accident, sending her already fractured family into a tailspin of grief and confusion. Asha has questions. Rachel has secrets. And Sarah, waking up in the afterlife, must piece together how she got there.
I don’t really know where to start with this, it’s such a complex and multi layered story and I don’t want to give anything way, but I do want everyone in the world to read it, so I will try and convince you without delving too much into what actually happens.
Basically, the Good Sister is what would have happened if the Virgin Suicides and the Lovely Bones met in a bar one night, got it on and ended up raising a child. The Good Sister has the young girls with an unconventional upbringing and a nostalgic look at how things aren’t as they seem with even the most perfect of families, with the atmosphere of the Lovely Bones, with one character narrating from beyond the grave.
If you’re looking for a family drama, a mystery, a tragedy or a sick-lit, this is the book for you, it manages to fit all of this, amazing characterisations, an almost poetic prose style and more in its 304 pages.
The mystery surrounding Sarah’s death hooks you in from the first word and doesn’t let you go until long after the book s finished. I found myself sympathising with all three sisters, even if they weren’t always the nicest of people, you spend most of the book wondering which of the three actually is the god sister.
Like I said at the start, its kind of hard to review this without completely giving the story away, its also the sort of story that everyone needs to experience and interpret in their own way. Basically, this book is awesome and you should get a copy immediately.
This is good enough to warrant the Nick Fury Seal of Approval.