Thursday, March 10, 2011

review: the good sister by drusilla campbell

It didn’t take long for me to be completely sucked in by The Good Sister. The opening scene is Simone on trial for the attempted murder of her children; yet, it’s clear she has the support of her family. So I just had to know, but Drusilla Campbell makes the reader wait. The next chapter goes back to a time before Simone was even born setting up how Roxanne became “the good sister.” It is explained that Roxanne was abandoned to her grandmother after her father supposedly died. Although Roxanne didn’t initially want to live with her grandmother, she’s become quite happy there by the time her mother returns for her with a new baby (Simone) in tow. Roxanne quickly becomes Simon’s protector, so it makes sense she‘d keep her suspicions to herself after Simone’s oldest calls 911 to report Simone trying to drown her youngest—an incident that’s quickly covered up. By the mid-point of the novel, I was so enthralled with the story of this incredibly dysfunctional family that there was no way I was going to stop reading.
Review copy provided by the publisher, Grand Central Publishing.

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