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3.49  ·  Rating details ·  6,477 ratings  ·  1,074 reviews
A New York Times Notable Book (2020) from a Booker Prize finalist and international literary star: a blazing portrait of one darkly riveting sibling relationship, from the inside out..

Now she returns with Sisters, a haunting story about two sisters caught in a powerful emotional web and wrestling to understand where one ends and the other begins.

Born just ten months apart,
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Riverhead Books (first published July 1st 2020)
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Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
loved the atmosphere and exploration of a dysfunctional family,,,it was all so strong until that damn twist happened and shattered all the beautiful subtlety, but the ending did sort of bring it back??? idk i’m still marinating in it all, but i think a 3/3.5 is about how i feel :)
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book is EVERYTHING!!! And it couldn't be more fitting for this slim mind fuck of a novel.

July and September are sisters and best of friends. They don't need or require anything from anyone else but each other. The book begins with them moving to an isolated house with their depressed single mother after something sinister transpired between the girls back in their hometown.

"This the year something else is the terror."

I can say no more plot wise.

This book cast its spell
Amalia Gkavea
''My sister is a black hole.
My sister is a tornado.
My sister is the end of the line my sister is the locked door
my sister is a shot in the dark.
My sister is waiting for me.
My sister is a falling tree.
My sister is a bricked-up window.
My sister is a wishbone my sister is the night train
my sister is the last packet of crisps my sister
is a long lie-in.
My sister is a forest on fire,
My sister is a sinking ship.
My sister is the last house on the street.''

Two sisters. September and July. A broken mo
Jul 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss
Published August 25th 2020

July and September are sisters, born ten months apart but so intertwined in all they think and do that it's as if they are closer than even identical twins. July, younger than September, looks like her dark haired mother, while September is fair like her late father. The girls have always been in a world to themselves, not even seeming to need their mother. They've always looked and acted younger than their age, seem very naive and unaware of the world around them, not
Nilufer Ozmekik
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I knew something extraordinary will come out when I see the hypnotizing, twisty, terrifying, complex cover reminded you of cubist portraits.
Wow! I’m taking a few breaths to gather my senses and thoughts. This is truly mind blowing, stimulating, confusing experience.

Another book which rips your heart from your chest and fries your entire brain cells and then leaves you with shocked expression on your face.

Keep breathing, dry your sweat and tears! This is not one of your classic readings. You m
A book written by someone very talented indeed (see: youngest person to ever be shortlisted for the Man Booker prize). Daisy Johnson wrote a book that holds interest, is easily consumed, and pulls you along with a very delicious looking carrot at the end of a stick. But (and I'm sorry, there's a but) something about this didn't quite work for me.

I felt the spectre of the author looming above the pages. Little puppet strings dancing. I felt her amusing herself with bits of pretentious writing and
Roman Clodia
Oh dear, I'm fully expecting to be an outlier here: I didn't like Everything Under but was curious to give Johnson another try with this book: but nope, sorry, she just isn't a writer I can get along with.

I'm sure mine will be a minority opinion but for what it's worth I disliked the prose which often feels pretentious and sometimes plain meaningless: 'sleep is heavy, without corners', 'my insides are filled with bees', 'alarm grows in my bone marrow and swans up my throat'. It just grated cons
Feb 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This excellent novel is the story of sisters September and July and their mother Sheela. The girls are so entwined it’s hard to know where one starts and the other ends. Following an incident in Oxford they go to Settle House near the coast of the North York Moors and what happens there is emotional, powerful and full of intriguing questions. The story is principally told by the two sisters.

This story is beautifully written and full of atmosphere provided mostly by the house. To Sheela the hous
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Identity, codependency and grief packaged in an addictive read. Oddly reminiscent to Stephen King his work
I am not a person without her.

July and September are two sisters moving into an eerie home with their mom, after some incident happened in Oxford. There are shifty memories, one chapter the sisters download stuff and listen to an album and a later chapter someone is repairing the internet so that they can download stuff and listen to an album. Settle house, that seems ghostlike and unfamilia
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
devoured this in one sitting. the vibes were unmatched! witchy and moody and spoopy. really enjoyed the dramatization of sisterly bond, as well as the passages that introduced the mother's perspective/familial jealousy into the mix. though i am not the expert, i wouldn't necessarily categorize this as a thriller, but more of an exploration of familial dysfunction that's propelled by tension and uncertainty. ...more
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
The last time we were in this house was the year I did not sleep. We came for a season. (c)

And that reason is not revealed until much later in the story. A ghost journey, a memory trip, a sibling rivalry and connection deeper than anything, a grieving mother, just a touch of mental illness, bullying, social media dependency & a touch of catfishing (maybe?). The plethora of meaningful tidbits is a giant plus.

The giant minus is that someone somewhere was trying too hard to pull off a JC Oates o
Gumble's Yard - Golden Reviewer
Published today - 13th August 2020.

She had always known that houses are bodies and that her body is a house in more ways than most. She had housed those beautiful daughters, hadn’t she, and she had housed depression all through her life like a smaller, weightier child, and she housed excitement and love and despair and in the Settle House she houses an unsettling worry that she finds difficult to shake, an exhaustion that smothers the days out of her.

I loved Daisy Johnson’s debut novel “Eve
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-read, uk
As she has already proven with Everything Under, Daisy Johnson is simply a master when it comes to evoking an enchanting, haunting atmosphere and subtly portraying complicated family relationships. In her sophomore novel which can be read as a family tale, but also as a gothic, if not even a ghost story, the focus is on an almost symbiotic pair of sisters and on another major theme which only becomes clear after a major twist - you think you see it coming, but then it turns out to be not quite w ...more
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
"The Settle House is load bearing. Here is what it bears: Mum's endless sadness, September's fitful wrath, my quiet failure to ever do quite what anyone needs me to do, the seasons, the death of small animals in the scrublands around it, and every word that we say in love or anger to one another." -- July, page 146

Sisters (which really could've / should've been titled September Says for how often that phrase was repeated in the text) was initially an atmospheric and claustrophobic drama focusing
Andrew Smith
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
July and September are sisters named after the month in which they were born, less than a year apart. September, the older of the two, seems to be the protector – the more dominant one. Something has happened at their school and their mother, Sheela, has packed them into a car and decamped to an old family house, miles away. We’re not yet sure what actually happened but it seems to have cast a shadow over everything. The relationship between the sisters is odd and the atmosphere is persistently ...more
Skyler Autumn
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
2 Stars

Daisy Johnson reads to me like a slam poet that everyone seems to be taking very seriously and calling brilliant. And I feel like I’m coming in like Jonah Hill in Jump Street 2 thinking this is what it reads like:


Short sentences brisk and with an air of uncertainty mixed with meandering descriptions of mundane actions. It’s like Jesus, this woman has not found an overly descriptive narration she didn’t dive head first into. Every movement had to have an allegory tied to it nobody could
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this mostly on the strength of Johnson’s debut novel and did not really know what to expect from it. The blurb is intentionally vague and I was unprepared for how creepy this book was. I was hooked from the very beginning though, racing through this book breathlessly, torn between wanting to keep reading and dreading what was to come – that something is not quite right with September and July is obvious from the beginning. Johnson skillfully leads the reader through her labyrinthian narra ...more
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At barely over 200 pages and the entire point of reading being to figure out WTF is going on, I’m going to keep the synopsis real brief. The story here is about a mother who moves her two daughters from Oxford to a family home out in the moors after an incident at their school came about due to a scandal involving . . . .

And that’s all I can give you without risking rui
Sep 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020, modern-lit
An enjoyable and interesting read, but one which is impossible to review comprehensively without spoilers. Its central characters are two sisters, September and July, who are not twins but were born less than a year apart in the months their names suggest, which puts them in the same school year.

Their mother is a writer of children's books, and their Danish father is dead. Most of the plot takes place in the Settle House, an atmospheric house owned by a paternal aunt on the Yorkshire coast. The
Jeanette (Now on StoryGraph)

2.5 stars

This was a potentially promising idea that was poorly executed. Two sisters, born ten months apart. September, the older one, is extremely domineering and reckless and at times sadistic. July, the younger sister, is meek and fearful and easy to manipulate.

When one personality is too strong and the other too compliant, it's almost inevitable that the one will consume the other, and they are so close as to be almost indistinguishable as separate entities. As July herself describes it: "
Sep 13, 2020 rated it liked it
*Best approached without reading any reviews in advance.*

The cover is quite perfect for this slim, uncomfortable novel, written in a somewhat stilted, unique style. As unsettling as I'm Thinking of Ending Things, but not nearly as good, this one checks all the boxes for a quick, strange story.

The writing is different, and I can't decide if it was just too much for me. It did have some beautiful lines, but I can see how the structure might lead others to label it pretentious or quirky. This is t
Tom Mooney
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The blurb on the proof of this book compares it to Steven King and Shirley Jackson. What an insult. Neither of them are even fit to tie Daisy Johnson's shoelaces.

This is an incredible feat of literary suspense. Johnson has conjured a creepy, textured narrative in rich, earthy prose that sings like poetry.

I won't say much more - there are so many spoilers that would ruin what is a mesmerising reading experience. It's like an unholy combination of Max Porter and Chuck Palahniuk.

Creepy, painful an
Emily B
I didn’t particularly enjoy this. However the last third or so saved it for me. Just a shame the rest wasn’t as good.
I am a fan of Daisy Johnson. Increasingly so and this is her latest novel (well, novella) and is suitably gothic and disturbing. The premise is a fairly simple one and as always with Johnson there is proximity to water. July and September are teenage sisters born only ten months apart and are closer than twins, almost seeming to know what each other are thinking. They live with their mother in Oxford. Their estranged (and abusive) father is dead.
The relationship between the two sisters is explo
I reviewed this for Sublime Horror. Read the full review here: Sisters by Daisy Johnson review – a confection of horror tropes rendered in poetic prose

(3.5) In Daisy Johnson's second novel, two sisters and their mother come to live in a creaky house on the coastal edge of the North York Moors. The sisters have always been uncannily in sync, but they are now in their mid-teens and their ultra-close relationship is beginning to come apart. They and their mother Sheela have run away from somethi
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I didn't realize this book would be so moody and thrilleresque based on previous experience with this author. There are a lot of questions about what has happened, why the family has relocated to this moldy home, but it's clearly something with ("Irish") sisters September and July. The entire novel is a bit circular in storytelling so some pieces are left out and some are repeated. The setting and emotions evoked are good for a spooktober read!

I had a copy from the publisher through netgalley an
Dannii Elle
Two sisters, born ten-months-apart and with one favouring the mother and the other the father in looks. In every other way they are twins, with September, the bossy elder, demanding the younger July share Birthdays, clothes, a bed, a language, and their every thought. One is feared and the other is ridiculed. But not for much longer…

Sisters was a tale every bit as unsettling and eerie as the cover image. It was a bizarre and twisted story that ensured the reader was forever unaware of what was r
Renee Godding
Aug 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

“Yes. I think then, as I have so many times, she is the person I have always wanted to be. I am a shape cut out of the universe, tinged with ever-dying stars- and that she is the creature to fill the gap I leave in the world.”

Ever since I read her debut novel Everything Under, Daisy Johnson has been an author that I’ve been watching with an eagle’s eye, on the hunt for whatever she does next. Not surprising that her sophomore novel Sisters, the story of the almost symbiotic
In the acknowledgments section at the end of the book, Daisy Johnson thanks her mother “for watching horror films she doesn’t really want to watch with [her]”. I am not surprised. Sisters is a horror story. Of course, given that Johnson is a Booker-shortlisted author, her latest novel will be admired by many readers who would not generally touch the genre with a barge pole. But make no mistake – it’s horror alright.

Sisters starts with that most Gothic of tropes – the haunted house. Sheela and h
Louise Wilson
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Born just ten months apart, July and September are as thick as thieves, never needing anyone but each other. Following a case of school bullying, the teens have moved away with their single mother to a long abandoned family home near the shore. In their new isolated life, July finds that the deep bond she had ways shared with September is shifting. A creeping sense of unease descends inside the house. Outside, the sisters push the boundaries of behaviour - until a series of shocking encounters t ...more
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Shortisted for the Man Booker Prize for Everything Under, her debut novel.

Daisy Johnson's début short story collection, Fen, was published by Jonathan Cape on the 2nd of June, 2016 and by Graywolf in 2017.

She has been longlisted for the Sunday Times Short Story Award and the New Angle Award for East Anglian writing. She was the winner of the Edge Hill award for a collection of short stories and t

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