"Not all family members offer a healthy relationship."
Reviewed by Lynn Cunningham
Posted March 18, 2018
Irini Harringford was given away by her parents when she was
just three years old. She never understood why she was given
away while her older sister remained with their parents.
Since then, she has invested a lot of effort in hiding from
her sister, Elle. It's not that she doesn't care about her
sister, but there is something not quite right with her, and
Irini just feels better when Elle is not around her.
Irini has found her niche in life with a handsome new man in
her bed as well as a rather satisfying career. It only takes
a middle of the night phone call to change everything and
throw Irini's nicely balanced life into chaos. Elle has
found her again and is on the phone telling Irini that their
mother has died and Irini needs to come home for the
funeral. This is somewhat of a bomb that has been dropped on
her and she feels a familiar dread creeping in.
Her misgivings are not totally unfounded, as she discovers
when she agrees to go back to the home that she has not seen
in years. Is she strong enough to deal with Elle's antics?
It might be worth all of the discomfort she must endure if
she can get some answers to long held mysteries, such as why
she was the one given away and Elle was kept.
IF YOU KNEW MY SISTER is a book filled with twists and turns
that will keep you up at night until you have finished
reading that final page. You will have the answers to all of
the mysteries as you travel along with Irini. Even though
nothing is really as it seems, Irini keeps digging into her
past, which is written in such a skillful manner that you
cannot help but be carried along with her.
Reading IF YOU KNEW MY SISTER was a lot like going on a very
strange roller coaster ride. I really loved it because there
is no clear path to reach the rather remarkable conclusion.
It is not exactly a happy book. Instead, it is rather dark
and mysterious, which is more realistic because no one ever
has a perfect life. IF YOU KNEW MY SISTER is a book to be
savored. There are so many things going on at once that are
important and should not be missed, even though there are
not a lot of clues for you to unravel the plot's ending
until you have read that last page.
The ending is quite satisfying in that readers will
understand everything eventually. Michelle Adams writes in
such a brilliantly descriptive way that perfectly details
not only the events of the plot, but also the areas where
things unfurl. She takes her readers on a journey that
allows them to become a part of the story.
In the end, I can only say that IF YOU KNEW MY SISTER is a
book that you should not deny yourself. It is a must read
for everyone who loves a great mystery that weaves past and
present in the most remarkable way.
In the vein of Ruth Ware's In a Dark, Dark Wood
comes a novel of psychological suspense form debut author
Michelle Adams, where a woman returns to her family's home
to learn the truth and escape her sister's influence
If you knew my sister, youâ€™d run tooâ€¦
First there was the Robert Kneel incident.
Then what happened to Margot Wolfe.
And now sheâ€™s found me again.
Dr. Irini Harringford was given away by her parents just
before her fourth birthday. Although she has spent her whole
life trying to convince herself she doesn't need them, deep
down Irini longs to understand why she was abandoned, while
her parents kept her older sister, Elle.
So when Elle gets in touch with news that their mother has
died, Irini reluctantly agrees to return to the family home.
But she is ill at ease. She and Elle are not close. Irini
knows only too well what Elle is capable of. Inexplicably
drawn to her enigmatic sister, yet terrified of the sway she
holds, Irini tries to protect herself even as she is sucked
back into her family's toxic web of secrets...and soon
realizes that the past is more complicated than she
imagined, and that her very future rests upon discovering
the truth about why she was really given away.
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