Review: My Sister’s Bones, by Nuala Ellwood

sistersbonesSynopsis: Kate Rafter is a high-flying war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped their father. Her younger sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks.

But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return home. And on her first night she is woken by a terrifying scream.

At first Kate tells herself it’s just a nightmare. But then she hears it again. And this time she knows she’s not imagining it.

What secret is lurking in the old family home?
And is she strong enough to uncover it…and make it out alive?

Title: My Sister’s Bones
Author: Nuala Ellwood
Publisher: Viking
Pub Date: 9th February 2017
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780241977279

Rating: 5stars

I don’t normally write reviews straight after finishing reading. It normally takes a week or so for me to gather my thoughts and find the time to write the actual thing.

This is the first time I’m writing a review straight after reading a book because OH MY GOSH, WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED!

Yes, folks. It is 1am in the morning and I’ve put My Sister’s Bones down in a state of shock. I feel numb. My mind has been blown, then blown again.


I normally struggle with psychological thrillers; I can always guess the end. Even with Gone Girl, I guessed the twist, albeit accidently. But this book, THIS BOOK caught me completely off guard. I was jogging through the plot, trying to figure out which of the two sisters was crazier when… BAM! Ellwood pulled the rug out from under my feet and knocked me out cold.

Then, just as your coming to terms with the twist, she smacks you over the head with another one. Thankfully, I finished this book at home, because I actually shouted at it. By the end, I felt drained and empty. What would I do now? How would any book compare to this?

Because that’s what My Sister’s Bones is; it is one of those books that will change the market. I can guarantee there will be copy cats and look-a-likes of this within months of its publication. It is just that good.

My only tiny quirk was the last mention of Chris (trying really hard not to give anything away here). It was good, but I didn’t think it was needed. But I have an advance copy so who knows whether that will stay for the final version.

My Sister’s Bones is fast-paced, addictive and impossible to put down. Everything you read is under question. You’ll start to doubt each character, as well as your own abilities in judging people. Basically I can’t trust myself, ever again.

An incredible debut and an absolute must-read for 2017. Put it on your TBR lists now!


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