Release date - 5th April 2018
Book length - 400 pages
Publisher - Canongate Books
Book Depository - www.bookdepository.com
Amazon UK - www.amazon.co.uk
Amazon US - www.amazon.com
I want to thank Alice from canongate.co.uk for providing me with a copy of this book for review.
ABOUT THE BOOK
When she was sixteen, Diana left her unhappy family and set out to make a new life.
Twenty-five years later, she has arrived. Recently married to Edmund, there are just the two of them living at Wynhope, his family's historic country home, both happy for the past to be locked away and for the future to be free from responsibility.But when Diana hears that her mother has died, she impulsively asks estranged half-sister Valerie and her nine-year-old son to stay.
The night of the funeral, fuelled by wine and years of resentment, the sisters argue and a terrible accident occurs.
The foundations of a well-ordered life start to crack and the lies begin to surface, one secret after another demanding a voice. And then there's the boy, watching, waiting.
Dark, disturbing, and sure to leave you feeling unsettled, THE HALF SISTER by Catherine Chanter has an air of gothic horror about it that will slowly draw you in and keep you captive to the very last word.
Diana turned her back on her half-sister years ago but when her mother dies, Diana feels drawn to try and rekindle some sort of relationship with Valerie and her little boy, so she invites them to come and visit her. Their lives couldn't be more different as Diana is wealthy and married to Edmund, while Valerie struggles to look after herself and her son after fleeing an abusive relationship. But both sisters would like to find some common ground and start afresh. However, it is not long before recriminations and accusations are hurled across the room at each other and when a terrible accident occurs it will alter all of their lives forever ...
This story is tense and uncomfortable throughout and you actually feel heavy while reading it because there are so many emotions woven into each page. This story is full of depth and while the characters are not likeable as such, there is something about them that makes you want to understand their actions. This is not a fast-paced story but a sort of unlayering piece by piece until you get to the deeper heart of the characters and everything that they have done and suffered.
THE HALF SISTER by Catherine Chanter is an unusual novel with a distinctive edge and I could imagine watching it on our tv screens as a psychological drama.
Catherine Chanter is a teacher, poet, and short story writer. She is the winner of the Yeovil Poetry Prize and the Lucy Cavendish Prize awarded by Cambridge University. She grew up in the West Country before attending Oxford.
For more information:
Website - www.catherinechanter.co.uk
Twitter - twitter.com/ChanterLloyd
Hi fellow bookworms. My name is Linda and I'm a reviewer & blogger, wife & mother who loves all things books!
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