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New Release | The Sisters by Rosalind Noonan



The Sisters by Rosalind Noonan

Published: November 27, 2018

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation

Pages: 352

Genres: contemporary fiction, mystery, suspense, thriller

Rating: 4 stars 

Recommend to fans of: books about cults, adopted kids growing up well, suspense in suburbia

Foodie Vibes: frozen peanut butter sandwiches, mall court food



Twelve years ago, Glory abandoned her two daughters–four-year-old Ruby and baby Aurora–at a fire station, running off to a man who promised love and protection. Though the refuge she hoped for turned out to be a sham, she believes Ruby and Aurora are better off without her. But Glory has since given birth to another daughter, who’s clamoring for a life beyond their close-knit, tightly controlled world.

Sixteen-year-old Ruby loves her adoptive parents, but she hasn’t forgotten Glory. Now that she has her driver’s license, Ruby sets out in search of her birth mother. What she finds is a ramshackle house of castaway women, referred to as “sisters,” ruled over by a charismatic bully who monitors their every move.

Glory would take ten-year-old Luna away in a heartbeat if they had somewhere to go. On good days, the girl is confined to the fenced-in yard; on bad days, she’s sent to the dusty attic as punishment. When Ruby makes contact, Glory seizes on a chance for escape. Ruby is desperate to help, but how much does she owe to family she barely knows–and how can she fix someone else’s life when she has so little power over her own?



Thank you to NetGalley, Kensington Publishing Corporation and Rosalind Noonan for an ARC ebook copy to review. As always, an honest review from me.

The Sisters starts out making me think the story is about a mom who gives up her young kids for adoption. Which gives it more of a contemporary fiction/domestic fiction vibe. But then more and more little hints are dropped, and the story changes. Boom! There’s drama, suspense, cults in suburbia, and more. The book has a little bit of everything. 

I really liked Ruby, the main character. She’s smart, kind, and seamlessly pulls together the worlds of bother her birth mom and adoptive parents. I also liked that the author shines a light on adoptions as well as non traditional types of cults. Informative as well as interesting! The story pulled me in right from the beginning and didn’t let go. 

However a few moments I wasn’t a fan of, mainly due to the mistreatment of the women. That’s to be expected in books with these topics.

Overall, a perfect mix of drama, suspense and a loving family. A definitely recommend from me!


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