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My Sister's Keeper

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  2,107 Ratings  ·  229 Reviews
This riveting suspense thriller explores the special bond between a brother and sister when Richard Baimbridge rushes back to his coastal hometown of Wilmington, NC, to assist with his sister's recovery after she's brutally attacked and crippled investigating the rape of a 13-year-old. Coming face to face with his tormented past and a dark family secret, he fights to stay ...more
Perfect Paperback, 277 pages
Published May 15th 2007 by McBryde Publishing (first published May 15th 2006)
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Feb 29, 2012 Ashley rated it it was ok
I'm still reading this book but my first thought is that it is extremely unsettling and just plain bizarre that he calls his sister "babe". Ew.

I don't want to go into full trash talk mode about this book since I realize someone spent a lot of time and energy writing what they thought was a good book. I'll simply say that with gems like:

"Somehow we made it from the shower to the bed where we caressed one another and tasted each other's nectars until we could wait no longer and merged our rhythms
Jul 06, 2012 Rose rated it did not like it
Imagine this fictitious scenario: The author is a student in a college writing course and has been assigned to write a full length novel. He works at it, managing to keep it moderately coherent, editing and revising as he goes. Then one day the teacher announces that the project is due in 2 days. In a panic, the author thinks, "OMG! How did I misunderstand the deadline, I'll never finish in time." He stays awake for 48 straight hours, feverishly scribbling any illogical plot twists or bizarre di ...more
Feb 20, 2012 Jessica rated it did not like it
I would honestly suggest you go read someone else's review.

I barely made it fifteen pages into this book before giving up on it. I guess that will teach me to buy a book for 99 cents.

Here's the problem: The writing is horrible.

1) It's very bland, straight forward, and possesses little to no sentence variation. At least we know he could teach my third graders to write simple and compound sentence.

2) It tells instead of creating. Benners is very matter-of-fact when he lays out the way the world is
Apr 10, 2011 Jenny rated it it was ok
Shelves: couldn-t-finish, 2011
This is a very average mystery / crime story with a lot of unnecessary filler. I skipped whopping chunks of text and had no trouble keeping up. It has one redeeming feature in wheelchair-bound Martha, who is the best of a very ordinary list of characters.

Going home to take care of his paralysed sister, Richard becomes entangled in a supposed murder when his neighbour goes missing, leaving a good quantity of her blood behind. Now, when by your own admission women don't fancy you (something the au
M Skala
Oct 12, 2007 M Skala rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
This is absolutely a 10 star book!! This is THE best book I've read and I read about 2-3 books a week!! It was fast paced...I loved that the chapters are no more than 2-3 pages long. Every chapter had a twist that made this book IMPOSSIBLE to put down! The writing was superb...not a lot of chatty's a very TO THE POINT style of writing..his grip on the emotions of the characters is right on target and pulls you right in...whether it be fear, anxiety or of the k ...more
Jan 05, 2013 Cadie rated it it was ok
It is shocking to me that this book has received 5 star reviews. I'd give it 1.5, only because since it was a mystery I have a thing about needing to know how things turn out. At any rate, the writing was incredibly annoying, switching from first to third person and with lots of unnecessary italics that just made it cheesy. The main character did the stupidest things, it was literally like in terrible horror movies where the girl knows there is a murderer on the loose but still decides its a goo ...more
Dec 09, 2013 Justine rated it did not like it
Really quite bad.
The plot jumps all over the place, with new characters introduced with no context and some very bizarre and implausible plot twists - in the space of a week the lead character is severely beaten up, shot in the face with a shotgun, in a high speed motorbike accident, trapped in a burning car requiring resusitation and then significantly beaten again - i haven't finished the book yet but i can only imagine at least another 2 death defying occurances in the remaining 50 pages. Als
Nov 16, 2011 Trinette rated it did not like it
I chose this book as my first experience with e-books, and the only reason I finished it was because I'm running out of time to reach my Goodreads reading goal for 2011. It's poorly written with a predictable plot and far too many contrived "coincidences". I was ready to throw in the towel a third of the way through. By the half-way mark, I was struggling to finish the thing. I recommend this book to no one.
Oct 28, 2012 Tracy rated it it was ok
It started off okay, but quickly became almost unreadable in some spots. There were a lot of side stories and several situations that were quickly resolved. The whole family thing with his Dad was odd and really had nothing to do with the rest of the book. I gave it two stars because it kept me reading for about 1/3 rd but I have to be honest, I'm not sure why I finished it. I would not recommend it.
Kay Swinburne
Nov 29, 2015 Kay Swinburne rated it liked it
This book was ok. I enjoyed the story and found it to be fast paced and exciting. I do agree with some of the other reviewers about the writing style of the author, he does have a very direct approach and doesn't waste a lot of time with scene-setting, but given the fact that we often criticize authors for the opposite sin of being too long-winded, I found this to be forgivable due to the nature and pace of the story. I was impressed with the ability to capture the truth of the different emotion ...more
Apr 18, 2012 Conniecat rated it it was ok
It was an okay story and wasn't poorly written but there was something about it that I can't put my finger on that made it not that great. I purchased it for either 99-cents or $1.99 for my Nook because it was a murder mystery based in Wilmington. One of the things that bothered me about it was the author's characterization of the mother in the book. She was said to be in her late 40s but was portreyed more like a much older woman. Although the book was set sometime in the 2000s, little things l ...more
K.R. Bankston
Jan 28, 2011 K.R. Bankston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was fantastic!! I loved it from beginning to end. The author used very vivid detailing to put me IN the story and hold my attention, make my pulse race, piss me off, and ultimately make me smile in this entire journey. Mr. Benner's coastal tale of loss, love, murder, betrayal, and honor is a must read and the $1.00 kindle price tag makes it even more desirable. The story flows effortlessly and answers all the readers questions (a must for me). I will definitely choose another book of h ...more
Dec 21, 2011 Lyndsay rated it liked it
I finished this book and thought "It was just ok."

When I first started this book I had high hopes, it opened with an interesting plot and caught my attention. Then as I got into it I found myself thinking the main character Richard was sort of dumb for the way he handled things after his encounter with Ashleigh. I felt like the story was drawn out at times. And the whole story about his real father Charlie was sort of odd to me. I guess I thought it was an unrealistic situation and kind of chees
Feb 17, 2013 Tina rated it it was amazing
This was a nice change from what I've been reading lately. When Richard Baimbridge is charged with the murder of a girl next door he seeks to take it into his own hands to solve the mystery of what has happened, believing he is innocent although he has no recollection of a period of time during the night the crime took place. The story becomes intertwined with a previous crime that had taken place against his sister leaving her in a wheelchair and seeking to discover the real perpetrator of the ...more
Sydney Blake
Oct 25, 2011 Sydney Blake rated it it was ok
This book was incredibly hard to get into. I actually must have picked it up about ten times before I finally got into the characters and the plot. A lot of content could have been left out and the book may have been better to digest.

The plot is completely predictable. While heart warming towards the end, this book just wasn't anything to write home about. Slightly disappointed in the waste of time, but it was just ok.
Lisa Paterson
Jan 23, 2011 Lisa Paterson rated it liked it
Free Kindle book.

Not a bad mystery. It wasn't a huge gripper but it did have a couple of twists that were interesting. A quick read and I might check out some of the author's other works.

The worst thing is that his books shares a title with Jodi Picoult's tearjerker, recently made into a movie. Anyone who purchases this book thinking it's the Picoult story will be very disappointed!
May 25, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
This book was slightly weird, but at the same time compulsive reading! There were quite a few inconsistencies in the story, which are always a bore, as well as the whole story being quite far fetched but right up until the last 40% I was pretty invested in the story and what was going to happen. I just got a bit bored after that.
Sep 15, 2012 Jenna rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Crime novel lovers
Shelves: favorite-books
So many more people need to know about this book. This novel is one of my absolute favorites! I wish Bill Benners wrote more books, I would buy them all! His writing is just so suspenseful, and leaves you wanting more. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves crime novels. Definitely.
Kate Medhurst
Jan 18, 2014 Kate Medhurst rated it it was ok
Hmmm, I had high hopes for this story and it began well I thought with one of the major characters, Martha, investigating a possible crime scene. However, unfortunately it didn't hold. The storyline in itself was OK, a pool of blood is found next door to Richard Baimbridge's house and he is the main suspect, having been in the woman's house the night before and having been found with a suspected murder women. He can't remember what he did the that night as he passed out and then more crimes star ...more
Action Packed...

Action Packed...

I had mixed feelings about this story. On the one hand I thought some aspects of it was unrealistic and on the other, it was action packed with all sorts of twist and turns. Ultimately, I think it was a mixture of both and in the end not necessarily a bad thing because the action and twists and turns overruled. I like that there were twists and turns that you never see coming. I like when a book hold my attention and I get a feeling in the pit of my stomach becaus
Dec 20, 2011 Katie rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I could NOT get through the first 30 pages of this book! It is SOOOOO badly written. I would give it negative stars if I could. It reads like a bad high school essay. Yikes!
Mar 21, 2011 Amy rated it it was ok
While it did keep me reading, I just found it to be a bit too unrealistic...both in dialogue and plot. Too many side stories and coincidences combined in one novel.
Oct 19, 2013 Lili rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction, kindle, a

My Sister's Keeper is an interesting crime investigation unfortunately weakened by a predictable plot and contrived scenarios.
Jan 17, 2012 Michele.medlin rated it did not like it
this is possibly the worst book i've ever read & yet, i finished it. huh. ok well, good luck everyone with this one
Kristi Deily
Jun 27, 2012 Kristi Deily rated it really liked it
Lots of action and a completely unexpected conclusion at the end - glad I came across this book!
Sharon Brady
Feb 12, 2012 Sharon Brady rated it it was amazing
Loved this book, a fast read. Enjoyed the depth of the characters. Can't wait for his next book.
Oct 19, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
Bill Benners does a great job with My Sister's Keeper.
Apr 30, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
The short story My Sister’s Keeper by Bill Benners, shows the true friendship of a brother and sister. However the book isn’t all happy. Multiple young teens are video taped being raped by a group of older men. They sell the tapes for money, and then they throw the girls in the river in the backyard of the house. This goes on for many years before someone takes time to try to stop this gang. However when Martha tries to investigate, she is brutally attacked and is put in a wheel chair for the re ...more
Elizabeth Bailey
Mar 29, 2014 Elizabeth Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was caught by the first few pages, but after that I began to get a little bored. Then the story suddenly took off and didn't let up. It was a thrill a minute and I did find it almost unputdownable. However, when it began to be clear who the villain was, I started having doubts as it seemed almost impossible that the guy could have done what he did. But I was hooked until the end as the stakes got higher and higher. Well worth reading if you like your crime fiction fast and tough.
Aug 23, 2012 Shadira rated it it was amazing
This is absolutely a 5star book!!It was fast paced...I loved that the chapters are no more than 2-3 pages long. Every chapter had a twist that made this book IMPOSSIBLE to put down! The writing was superb...not a lot of chatty's a very TO THE POINT style of writing..his grip on the emotions of the characters is right on target and pulls you right in...whether it be fear, anxiety or of the key characters is a paraplegic young woman...being one myself I can tell ...more
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