Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m thrilled to be welcoming the blog tour for Laurie Petrou’s Sister of Mine to A Knight’s Reads.
I’m going to hold my hands up; I read this the day of the UEFA Champions League Final and the hubby is a Liverpool fan. Even up to kick off, he didn’t know whether he’d watch so I was determined to finish my book before the match in order to watch as a pseudo-Liverpool supporter. Thank goodness for Salah and Origi!!
Big thanks to Anne Cater of Random Things Tours for inviting me on the blog tour and to No Exit Press for my e-copy of Sister of Mine.
TWO SISTERS. ONE FIRE. A SECRET THAT WON’T BURN OUT.
The Grayson sisters are trouble. Everyone in their small town knows it. But no-one can know of the secret that binds them together. Hattie is the light. Penny is the darkness. Together, they have balance. But one night the balance is toppled. A match is struck. A fire is started. A cruel husband is killed. The potential for a new life flickers in the fire’s embers, but resentment, guilt, and jealousy suffocate like smoke. Their lives have been engulfed in flames – will they ever be able to put them out?
What Did I Think?
Throughout this slow burner of a read, there is a clear undertone of secrecy. The sisters Penny and Hattie have a secret that could destroy if it came out. But as the story develops, as the reader, I discovered this family can’t stop keeping secrets.
I really felt for Penny; the suffering wife, guardian for her sister at such a young age and giving up her future for Hattie and Buddy. She is such a contrast to her sister who is the one who gets her own way even in adulthood. But Penny lets her do it…
There is a sinister feel despite the slow pace. I was very unnerved as I read as I didn’t know where this book is going. The story builds to a very tense climax, unwittingly taking me up a twisted unexpected path.
This is a brilliant debut from Ms Petrou and I’ll definitely watching out for her future work.
Who Is Laurie Petrou?
Laurie Petrou has a PhD in Communication and Culture, and is an Associate Professor at Ryerson’s RTA School of Media in Toronto, where she is also the Director of the Masters of Media Production program. She has given several TEDx talks on subjects including gender and rejection. Laurie was the inaugural winner of the Half the World Global Literati Award in 2016, a prize that honours unpublished work featuring female protagonists, for her novel Sister of Mine. She now lives in a small town in Ontario wine country with her husband, a wine maker, and their two sons.