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The Sister by Poppy Adams
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Sep 12, 2008

it was ok
Read in September, 2008 , read count: 1

** spoiler alert ** This book was really a page-turner for me; I didn't want to put it down. But...

But...the ending was thoroughly disappointing. I felt as if I had read the whole book for nothing. It wasn't even the kind of thing where I could say to myself, "Well, I didn't really like the ending, but I sure loved the rest of the book, so it's ok." That's how I felt when I finished reading Stephen King's It; that the ending wasn't really so satisfying, but all in all, the book was totally worth reading.

All along, I felt as if Poppy Adams was alluding to a "shocking secret" about Ginny, building up to the big revelation. Only, the revelation never came. Well, it did come; Vivien told Ginny the truth (whatever that might have been), except Ginny was off in that "other place" in her mind where she went when she didn't want to face the reality of the moment at hand. So, I guess the secret was revealed, only we weren't privy to it since the story is told from Ginny's point of view and Ginny was "elsewhere" at the time.

I had two possibilities in my mind about Ginny as I was reading. I was thinking that she might have had Asberger's syndrome, although at that time no one would have know to call it that. Her inability to read body language and social cues, the "card games" with the doctor during which she was supposed to identify an emotion from a given facial expression... That combined with her vast knowledge on a very narrow topic (moths) seems to point to something like Asberger's. My second thought was that maybe she was an all-out sociopath. She shows absolutely no remorse about having killed Vivien, had no concern whatsoever about whether killing her sister was right or wrong.

So was the family protecting Ginny from herself and from the community because Ginny was different, because she had what would have been perceived as a mental defect back then (Asberger's or something like that)? Or were they protecting her from the fact that she was dangerous and cold-blooded?

And the whole thing with the continuation of her father's moth studies...I'm not sure she really did continue on with anything. Did she have the ability to do everything that was involved with the study of moths on that level? It seemed that she certainly understood the life cycle and behavior patterns of moths, but would she have been able to conduct studies or write reports or apply for grants like her father did?

I can't say I would recommend this book to anyone.
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message 1: by Cyd (new) - rated it 2 stars

Cyd Good review, I agree I was disappointed at the end.

message 2: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Smith I wondered if Ginny really pushed her sister off of the house instead of her sister falling and if Ginny pushed her mom down the stairs. Since it is told from Ginny's point of view and her view is twisted maybe she had a long history of violence.

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