My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood. Published by Penguin UK

Every so often you read a book that just stops you in your tracks, My Sister’s Bones is just such a book. The story is about sisters Kate and Sally, who grew up in a dysfunctional and violent home with Kate defending their abused mother and Sally just trying to stay out of the way. Kate grew up and became a famous war correspondent, traveling to the most dangerous areas on earth. Sally stayed put, had a child and married and became an alcoholic. Now, Kate has returned from an emotionally devastating experience in Syria and is home to say goodbye to her beloved mother who has died. Sally cannot come out of her drunken stupor long enough to greet her sister, so Kate relies on Sally’s husband to help her sort through the events of her mother’s death. It becomes obvious right away that something bad has happened, as Kate is being held at a psychiatric facility for something she did. Traveling back and forth over the last few days, readers slowly begin to piece together what happened…or do they? Ellwood is an amazingly skilled author who has managed to tackle the issues of domestic violence, PTSD and alcoholism in the midst of a complex and twisted mystery. I can’t wait to see what this author comes up with next

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