Sister of Mine
Penny and Hattie are sisters in a small town, bound tight to the point of knots. They share a secret they cannot escape, even while it pulls them apart. One night, a match is lit, and Penny’s terrible husband is killed – a marriage going up in flames, and offering the potential of a new life. The sisters retreat into their family home – a hou ...more
The backdrop to this story is in a sleepy little town, the perfect environment in my opinion for what lays in wait. This type of thriller does not come around every day. It was atmospheric, dark, and unnerving in the best way possible. The relationship between sisters, Penny and Hattie, was raw and exposed. There was such a frankness to the way that they communicated. However, beneath the surface there was a sisterly bond that may not have been the healthiest. They ...more
SISTER OF MINE by LAURIE PETROU is an engaging, tense, and haunting domestic suspense novel about the bond and secrets shared by two sisters, Penny and Hattie. ...more
"A sister is both your mirror —and your opposite."
I’ve read quite a few books lately with complicated sister relationships... I unfortunately or fortunately, depending upon how you look at it do not have a sister... I have brothers, my daughter has brothers, I haven’t had to navigate the sister relationship as a sister or as a mother of sisters.... so the sister relationship is a bit of an enigma to me... just asked my daughter if she wished she had a sister... and her ...more
"Keep your enemies close and your sister closer."
Sisters Penny and Hattie have always had secrets! It began in childhood and continues to the current day. But the current secret is the biggest one of all - it is the one which could lead to their downfall. Will the truth come out or will they crumble under the weight of the secret they share? After Penny's husband dies in a house fire, Penny and Hattie live together in their childhood home and things appear to be great between them. But ...more
Sister of Mine entails the comings and goings, the connections and disconnections, the bound and the unbound in one misshapened family nest. Believe me, there's a catch-all of crooked twigs in this little abode.
Laurie Petrou reveals the burnt ashes at the core of her novel from the very first pages. Sisters Penny and Hattie live as adults in their family's home in the small town of St. Margaret. Petrou gives no markers of time nor geographical location. As reader ...more
About the Book
Penny and Hattie los ...more
A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves- a special kind of double. -Toni Morrison
This book explores a much more complicated sisterly relationship than most, which creates a taut, atmospheric environment, with tension building and building, finally reaching a riveting breaking point.
Penny’s husband becomes abusive which, in total desperation, causes her to pull her younger sister, Hattie ...more
Sisters always have their share of secrets, but Penny and Hattie’s are dark and world-shattering. Their mother passed away in a tragic accident, and their father walked out on the family. Penny, as the oldest, was the caregiver for Hattie, the younger and more carefree sister; however, their relationship is complicated and dysfunctional.
When Penny’s husband becomes a tyrant and physically abusive, an accident involving a fire is orchestrated resulting ...more
Fires are dangers. Sometimes they burn out. Sometimes they kill people. And even worse, sometimes, they're deliberate. From the very beginning, you know something bad happened between thes ...more
As an only child, I’m intrigued by the ties and bonds of siblings. That ability to often hate and love someone at the same time. Here, two sisters have a really twisted relationship. What do they owe each other?
In the beginning, the writing style is a bit disjointed, like the author is purposely trying keep you off balance. Or at least it felt that way to me. But then it gets going and it’s a fast paced ride to the finish.
Nothing liking the same man to really screw things up. And there ...more
"You owe me." "You owe me." "You owe me."
Two sisters......forever bonded. The younger, a wild and vivacious beauty of a redhead; the older, a tortured soul of a brunette. Add to the mix a handsome man desired by both, a secret that must never be revealed and you have one complex and volatile relationship.
A tragic loss exacerbates the on-going sibling rivalry, a policeman becomes an eerie threatening presence, and a dangerous, evil man causes heated upheaval.
SISTER OF MINE is a fas...more
Have you ever wondered what happened after the conclusion was reached that . . . . .
If so, Sister of Mine may very well be the book for you! This is the story of sisters Penny and Hattie, an abusive husband that needed to go away and never-ending familial debt. Obviously not much else can be said about this book without taking a risk of ruining everything for everyone. I will say that the approach to the storytelling was a bit ...more
I was quickly drawn into this well-written novel about two orphaned sisters. It was sprinkled with mystery, suspense and drama. How strong is their sister bond? Penny and Hattie will test it and stretch it until it becomes a tangled web of emotions and deceit. Penny is the oldest and her sisters wellness is always on her mind.
The sisters share a secret that rules over their lives like a dark cloud and will ultimately lead to them to make a siste ...more
We have Penny and Hattie, two orphaned sisters, that are bound to one another i ...more
Sister of Mine chilled me right down to the hairs on my head. Sisters Penny and Hattie have a very dark and twisted relationship that began in childhood and continued into their adult lives. Laurie Petrou managed to keep me in the edge of my seat and also completely terrified me. Being in Penny's head was quite uncomfortable and yet, there were moments that I felt more empathy than revulsion to her dilemmas.
A powerful ...more
Well, let me just say that’s where any similarity to this story ended. These sisters and their dynamics and complicated relationship is nothing like my boring relationship with Norma. Thank goodness!
When we first meet the sisters Penny and Hattie we ...more
“I look back and see now that this is what we spent our lives doing: trying to contain the flood.”
What a bummer, the longer I read, the more I was fed up with Penelope. Who’s so attached to wallowing in her self-pity and her beloved “victim” mindset and managed to swallow up so much space in the story - which got dull and irritating pretttt ...more
Sisters Penny and Hattie have been extremely close since childhood. So close that they even share a deep dark secret that they can't escape from. Will this secret be the one thing that finally tears them apart?
Tragically, one night, Penny's abusive husband is killed in a house fire leaving Penny alone with nowhere to live. The sisters decide to move into their old family home together so Penny can move on with her life. A year goes by after the fire ...more
An intriguing story of two sisters. The characters are well-developed and have a very complex relationship. While they are close ...more
The Grayson sisters Hattie and Penny only had each other. Their mother died in a tragic accident when they were young and their father walked out on them. They live in a small town where everybody knows everybody, but these sist ...more
It was clear from the start of the book that things weren't going to end well. The pace is slow at times. It's one of those books that you don't want to say ...more
Penny and Hattie ... sisters bound by love, hate, secrets and lies. Theirs is a complex, twisted relationship on the brink of breaking wide open.
Penny's abusive husband is killed in a house fire. A year later, a new man appears in her life ... a man that Hattie is also attracted to. As their feelings grow for this man, resentment sets in and sibling rivalry rears its ugly head.
This is a well-written debut novel of psychological suspense. The sisters are finely drawn and the central focu ...more
The two sisters have always found themselves on the outside of the small community where they’ve lived their entire lives. As a teenager, Hattie makes a break for freedom but young love and the lure of her hometown soon bring her back home. After Hattie’s husband dies in a fire, the sisters retreat to their fami ...more
I should mention that I have two siblings... an older brother, in which we are very close in age, and a younger sister, who is almost 13 years younger (12ys and 11 months if you want to get technical). I suppose there is a connection that we all have with our siblings, but in tru ...more
That's not to say, though, that it's not a good book; in fact, I finished it easily in two days, actually carving out time to read more when I should have been doing oth ...more
⇢ 3.5 ✰STARS✰
⤏ THE BOND OF SISTERS
⤏ WEBS OF DECEIT
⤏ THE TRUTH COMES OUT
⤏ THE THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE
This is one of those thrillers/suspense novels...you know the ones that aren't all that thrilling or suspenseful, the slow-burns that rely on characterization more than action. It's also another story about the relationship between two sisters, I have read a lot of these lately.
At its core, it's about the things they do to each other and for each other. How you can be both clos ...more
Our two sisters are very unexpected. There's a lot of darkness in this book and it went in completely different directions than I anticipated.
I honestly didn't like either of the sisters, though for very different reasons. Even at the end of the book, when shocking secrets were revealed and I finally knew who these people really were, I hated them.
But, even as I hated them, I loved to read them. The book simply kept me riveted (and horrified) all the way throug ...more
Have you ever lorded a secret over a sibling or friend? Or continually said that they owed ...more