Author: Laurie Petrou
Release Date: April 17th, 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
Rating: 5/5 for all the feels
When is a debt ever fully paid?Penny and Hattie are sisters in a small town, bound tight to the point of knots. They share a secret they cannot escape, even while it pulls them apart. One night, a match is lit, and Penny’s terrible husband is killed – a marriage going up in flames, and offering the potential of a new life. The sisters retreat into their family home – a house of secrets and memories – and try to live in the shadow of what they put in motion. But Penny’s husband is not the only thing they are hiding, from the outside world and from each other. Under a cloud of long-held resentments, sibling rivalry, and debts unpaid, the bonds of sisterhood begin to crack. How long will Penny and Hattie demand the unthinkable of each other? How often will they say, “You owe me,” and when will it ever be enough?
***With just a glance at the cover: from the title to the overcast sky to the burnt out match- you can tell that this novel is going to draw you into a world full of mystery and secrecy, even without reading the synopsis. And it did.
Sister of Mine was a novel that explores the relationship of Penny and Hattie before and after Penny's husband is killed. We learn about the sisters' childhood, and the events in their life that lead up to the death of Penny's husband, up until the end where their deeds finally catch up with them and turn into consequences.
What makes Sister of Mine a wonderful novel is Petrou's ability to tell a story. She captivates you right from the beginning, and is able to make you imagine the lives of Penny and Hattie in St. Margarets.
The story has a lot of highs and lows, and makes you re-evaluate your own relationship with your own siblings (if you have them), or the people around you in general, and it forces you to look at their dedication and love at a new perspective.
Overall, it was a wonderful story, and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. While it seems like your typical "whodunnit?" at first glance, it's more of a story about what happens next, and looking forward while mending your own mistakes from the past.
Sister of Mine is out TODAY, and you can grab it from Chapters, Amazon.ca or iBooks. Happy Reading!