ARC review: The Good Sister by Jamie Kain

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Memory is that trick by which we see the awful events of the past loom over the good, like mountains over mice. We don’t recall life as it was. Instead, we remember what was different, frightening, or strange, and we turn our lives into fun-house mirror images of the truth.

Sarah, Rachel, and Asha didn’t have a typical childhood. They spent their formative years living in a commune with a mother too absent-minded and self-involved to do much of anything, and a father who didn’t want children. Later, Sarah was diagnosed with leukemia, not once, but twice, and the family spent years in hospitals. Now Sarah has died – not from the leukemia, but a hiking accident – and Rachel and Asha don’t know what to do with themselves.

The Good Sister chronicles their journey to find out who they are in the absence of their sister, along with the truth of what happened on the day of her death. The book is beautifully written, and each sister has her own distinct story in addition to the main plot of Sarah’s death. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the free copy.

Final rating: ★★★★☆

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