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Monday, October 14, 2013
The Good Sister by Wendy Corsi Staub
At first it seems the author has multiple stories going on at the same time. Then little by little the stories begin to merge and the pieces connecting them fall in place.
Narrator Allyson Ryan breathes life into the various characters created by author Wendy Corsi Staub. She vocalizes the emotions of adults and teenagers alike giving each their own unique voice. Her mannerisms will hold you captive as you try to identify the killer.
The story begins with a mysterious notebook discovered in a hidden section of an old house. Then a lonely teenager is being bullied at a new school. From there the teenager’s mother recalls her own adolescent years at the same school. Mixed in are the thoughts and actions of the madman bent on making things right for a wrong he believes happened many years earlier.
A teenager apparently commits suicide and within days another teen takes her own life. Their only connection appears to be their parents knew each other in high school. The mother of the bullied teenager begins to worry as she was also friends with the parents of the suicide victims. The twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your seat as you sort through the intermingled lives of the characters and come to a heart-pounding shocking end.
Staub has crafted well-developed, complex characters. They are realistic with strengths and flaws. She does an excellent job touching on issues teenagers and parents face daily in person and online.
THE GOOD SISTER can be a bit confusing at first with several threads of the story going on, as well as a number of the characters sharing their thoughts in between the conversation. But you quickly get the rhythm of the plot and you’re hooked.
This is a tantalizing thriller filled with well-blended characters, intrigue and dark secrets from the past. You don’t want to miss this gripping tale of how far one sibling will go for another.
The Good Sister by Wendy Corsi Staub, Performed by Allyson Ryan, Harper Audio, @2013, ASIN: B00F6EM382, Unabridged, Digital Download, Listening Time: 11 Hours and 46 Minutes
FTC Full Disclosure - This audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
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