Blood Sisters by Jane Corry

Blood Sisters

Jane Corry

Jane Corry's newest thriller is filled with complex twists and women characters with secret motives--and, of course, revenge.

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Three little girls. One accident. A lifetime of lies. From the bestselling author of My Husband's Wife.


Three little girls set off to school one sunny morning. Within an hour, one of them is dead.

Fifteen years later, Kitty can't speak and has no memory of the accident that's to blame. She lives in an institution, unlikely ever to leave. But that doesn't keep her from being frightened when she encounters an eerily familiar face.

Art teacher Alison looks fine on the surface. But the surface is a lie. She's struggling to make ends meet and to forget the past. When a teaching job at a prison opens up, she takes it, despite her fears. Maybe this is her chance to set things right. Then she starts to receive alarming notes; next, her classroom erupts in violence.

Meanwhile, someone is watching both Kitty and Alison. Someone who never forgot what happened that day. Someone who wants revenge. And only another life will do. . .


Advance Galley Reviews

I really enjoyed this book! I read My Husband's Wife and this is another great one by Jane Corry. I would definitely recommend this one!

Blood Sisters by Jane Corry is a case of sibling rivalry gone very very wrong. The facts of the mystery and the eventual solution are implausible and extreme. However, if you put that aside, the book is very readable. Because I could not have guessed where this book ends up, it keeps me turning the pages to see how this is all going to turn out. In that, the book successfully maintains its suspense which, I suppose, is the point. Read my complete review at http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2018/03/blood-sisters.html Reviewed for Penguin First to Read program.

I really enjoyed this book. It's the first time I read anything by Jane Corry. There were secrets from the first page to the last and I was definitely struggling to stop reading when I needed to go to sleep. I first got access to this book from the Penguin 'First to Read' program. I didn't start reading until the loan was about to expire, but I wanted to finish it so badly that I checked it out as soon as they got it at my public library. I look forward to reading more by this author in the future. If I could, I would rate it 3.5 instead of 3. The only thing I disliked about the book was that some of the characters seemed to disappear partially through the book and dare I say, there may have been too many secrets. Each character was hiding something and if even one disclosure had been made, their lives probably would've been a little bit better.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a great mystery and thriller. The story is about three girls. One is killed. The second loses her mind, and the third must live with the secrets of what happened 15 years earlier. A complex story with some great twists and turns. I would definitely recommend this book. I have not previously read this author but I will definitely add her to my list of ones to watch out for in the future.

I really enjoyed My Husbands Wife so when I was chosen to read this new book by Jane Corry I was elated. Unfortunately, this book fell a little flat for me. I enjoyed parts of it, but there were places were the writing seemed forced.

3 stars, mixed bag of feelings. I enjoyed the intriguing plot and storyline, but at the same time I felt like I needed a case board with the yarn lines trying to tie everything together. Some secrets seemed shocking and a good addition (like the one at the end) but most felt like too much of a buildup with little reward. Alison is a decent character, she has a lot of issues as we go through her life. Kitty....is well a brat, granted she hasn't been able to properly learn or communication with anyone since the accident, but she does well at the end. I did enjoy the prison characters, Kurt and Stefan. Clive was a nice surprise. The Johnny storyline wasn't that great. I did see someone warn that there is self-mutilation and rape in this story, so I'll do the same. Lastly, like everything I read, I'd recommend this book if you want to focus on putting the puzzle together with slight twists and an ending that will only leave you slightly satisfied but will have you say "dang, girl." Spoiler below this part!!! I think I might have missed something, Alison pushed Kitty, but they didn't see the car, so what was up with the trial. Also, during the whole trial no one asked how Vanessa got into the street--- that seems like it would be a big part of understanding who was guilty and what actually happened. Or maybe I connected wrong strings together. lol

Three girls walking to school......one dies......one is physically impaired for life......And one carries enough guilt to kill a horse. What happened that day? Only one of them has all the answers but she's not telling. This book was fantastic!!! Putting all the pieces together in this book was almost like working one of those blank puzzles. Just when you thought it was all resolved it just took you deeper. How far would you go for family? What would you be willing to do for a sister you supposedly hated. I'm officially a fan of Jane Corry now and can't wait to go back and read her other book as well as any in the future.

Very disappointed. My iPad died while I had this book. My new iPad would not let me download the previous reading app I used so was not able to read I emailed customer service a minimum of 3 times without ever receiving any help. After half my books expired I figured it out myself was so disappointed in the First to Read customer service department.

5 stars! Terrific book. I enjoyed this more than the author’s earlier novel My Husband’s wife (which I rated 4 stars).

I really don't want to give too much away about "Blood Sisters" because I went in to it pretty blindly (and confused but that part is totally on me) and I still really enjoyed it so I think most readers can too. For some reason, I thought Alison's sister was dead and it led to a shock to me in the beginning but that isn't a spoiler, it was just me not paying close attention to the synopsis. So Alison and Kitty are half sisters. They absolutely did not get along growing up and something happens which leads to Kitty suffering a traumatic brain injury which leads her to a permanent care home. Alison, who always had things together in her life then spirals down a path she might not have chosen which leads to all kinds of problems and issues. She becomes an artist, because that was one of Kitty's talents before the accident, and eventually lands a job working inside a prison which forces her to start facing her own demons. This book is told in alternating perspectives between Alison and Kitty. While I liked Alison better, Kitty chapters are quite interesting because due to her brain injury, she is perfectly rational in her own mind, but can't express herself and is a prisoner in her own body. This book also has so many twists and turns that at times, I seriously wondered if the author had anything else to throw at the reader - and guess what, she did. I've had pretty good luck with thrillers so far in 2018 which means it will probably run out soon but "Blood Sisters" is another one I would highly recommend and I will be looking for more from this author in the future. ***Trigger warnings - this book does contain rape and self-mutilation so if that is something you shy away from, don't pick it up. I received "Blood Sisters" from the Penguin First to Read program exchange for an honest review.

Blood Sisters by Jane Corry was my first read by this author and it was a crazy ride. The story follows the views of Alison and Kitty, half sisters that went through something tragic fifteen years ago and the secrets they still hold from that day. Alison is an artist that takes on a position at the local prison in addition to classes she teaches at a college. Nervous about being so close to the prisoners, some even charged with murder, she tries to do everything correctly but things don't always work out. Kitty was severely brain damaged from the tragedy and lives in an institution. Fully functional inside her brain but unable to communicate, you follow along with her through a relationship and the secrets she is starting to remember. Alison starts getting frightening letters and phone calls from the prison and is worried someone is watching her. They want revenge from that terrible day fifteen years ago. So many twists, turns and craziness in this book but I couldn't stop reading until the end. Really enjoyed the characters but glad I'm not a part of their family. Definitely recommend for thriller readers!

3.5 Stars Thank you to First to Read for my ARC of Blood Sisters by Jane Corry. Although this book was particularly slow for me at the start, it certainly hooked me after a slow start as I could not put it down once I really got into it and finished it in under two days. This had twists and turns where I didn’t expect them, which is what you want in this genre, and I didn’t figure out the endings twist ahead of time, which I do in many of my readings, so that was a nice surprise for me!

I couldn't finish this as just couldn't get into the story.It was to chaotic and not that interesting.It seemed contrived and overly complicated.

In "Blood Sisters," Corry subtlety and skillfully weaves together past tragedy and present danger. She makes it completely clear that there's no escaping the past as she jumps between past and present and between Alison and Kitty's point of view. Who to believe -- Alison, Kitty, or their mother, each with her own level of unreliability. "Blood Sisters" was a slow, satisfying build. Corry had me hooked -- and I never saw the twist coming!

Thank you First To Read for giving me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Blood Sisters by Jane Corry. This was the first book I have read by Jane Corry and I can’t wait to read more of her books. Sisters, Alison and Kitty were walking to school one morning with Kitty’s friend Vanessa when an accident happens. Vanessa dies, Kitty has permanent brain damaged and Alison walks away with very few injuries that is on the outside. Alison feels extremely guilty for walking away while her sisters life has completely changed. You are taken through Alison and Kitty’s present life and taken back to what happened the day of the accident. Corry provides many twists and turns in the story that once you think you have it all figured out something happens to change that.

This was my first Jane Corry book, and I really enjoyed it. Fifteen years ago, Alison, her younger sister Kitty and Kitty's best friend Vanessa are walking to school when they're involved in a devastating car accident. Vanessa is killed and Kitty has permanent brain damage. Allison has relatively minor injuries but is traumatized by the accident and bears a major burden of guilt (it's unclear how warranted it is). She's a freelance art teacher who's barely getting by, and takes a job teaching art in a men's prison. Alison starts getting threatening messages, first at the prison, then to her apartment. Who is after Alison, and why is she so afraid of what Kitty would tell about the day of the accident? Jane Corry alternates between chapters in Alison and Kitty's voices. There are many twists and turns in the book, some more improbable than others, but Jane Corry keeps the suspense going. I was pleased that my theory about what happened wasn't the actual reveal, and there were some nice final twists. I would definitely recommend this book and Jane Corry. Thanks to Penguin for a chance to read this book for an unbiased review.

4.25 stars Thanks to Jane Corry, First to Read and Penguin for a chance to read this book for an unbiased review. This is my second Corry novel, but will not be my last. I enjoy her writing style, with all it's twists and turns. Her character development is honed to perfection. She is able to take a seemingly normal story line and subtly work it into a treasure much greater than itself. Alison and Kitty are sisters - same mother, different fathers. Vanessa is Kitty's best friend, but very spoiled, revengeful and vindictive. This friendship adds to the spoiled aloofness and attitude that Kitty holds over Alison. It is this vengeance that creates an accident that changes everyone's life. This story relays mostly in 2016 and 2017. The backstory is told from the year 2001. The ending comes from the year 2024. These years are melded together to create a story that in the end is complete and all secrets are told, but throughout the body of the novel it will twist, turn and double back creating a solid, very well constructed story. At one point I felt cheated. I thought that the secret had been revealed and I was disappointed that that was all there was to the story. However reading on, I was pleasantly surprised, not once, but twice, as Corry continued to weave more secrets into an already good story.

A fantastic book alternating between Kitty and Alison, as well as 2001 and 2016+. The characters were well written and it was interesting to see the struggles of both. Ms. Corry did a fabulous job of getting the reader inside the head of both main characters. There were plot twists and turns galore and many of them surprised me a great deal, even down to the last chapter. It was a very enjoyable, suspenseful book that I couldn’t put down for the last half.

Blood Sisters by Jane Corry is a suspenseful mystery that is filled with secrets and lies from a childhood car accident that occurred fifteen years ago. Allison Baker is in her thirties but she is still haunted by the car accident that left her younger half-sister Kitty James with severe brain damage. An artist who teaches at several colleges, she is barely making rent since she is helping her mom pay for Kitty’s care. When she learns about an artist in residence job at a local minimum security prison, Allison applies for the position. With much trepidation, she begins working there three times a week but she is rather nervous due to some threatening letters and phone calls she has been receiving. Beginning an unexpected romance with Clive Black, Allison is cautiously optimistic about her future when she forced to deal with her unresolved past. Allison is wracked with guilt over the circumstances surrounding the car accident. Her relationship with her Kitty was never easy and she is unable to allow herself to do the things her sister will never get to do. Her entire life changed irrevocably after the accident and Allison cannot seem to put the incident behind her. Instinctively knowing the threatening notes and phone calls are somehow linked to the accident, Allison avoids dealing with them as she begins her job at the prison. Kitty was extremely spoiled and her childhood friendship with Vanessa turned her into cruel, spiteful young girl. She deliberately sabotaged some of Allison’s school projects and never let her social outcast sister forget she was unpopular. In the days leading up to the tragic car accident, Kitty and Vanessa were on the outs but her friend picked that day to try to salvage their friendship. The chapters primarily alternate between Allison and Kitty’s points of view. Allison is a sympathetic character who cannot seem to give herself permission to be happy. Kitty is trapped in her mind, unable to verbalize her thoughts and prone to violent outbursts when she is unhappy. She does enter into a relationship with a young man from the group home and their relationship has many unintended consequences. With a slow building storyline and a sympathetic but sometimes frustrating lead character, Blood Sisters is an engrossing mystery. Who is responsible for the threatening notes and phone calls to Kitty? Is it possible someone knows the truth about the car accident? With breathtaking plot twists, Jane Corry provides a stunning array of answers to these very intriguing questions. The novel ends with a jaw-dropping revelation that is guaranteed to shock readers. An outstanding read that I highly recommend to fans of the genre.

This book was kind of crazy. I could not put it down. I could not wait to see what would happen next. I could not wait to see the puzzle pieces finally fit together... The book is divided into two separate narratives, from two different (but still very unreliable) points of view. You never know what's real, and with each reveal, you question the narratives a little bit more. Alison and Kitty were both involved in a horrific car accident in their younger years; Alison escaped with minor scratches, while Kitty was brain-damaged. At first, you get the impression that Alison loves her sister beyond measure; when Kitty's hair had to be shaved, Alison sheared off her own locks. Alison also self-mutilates as a way to deal with the guilt. She feels she should have been able to protect her little sister, but there's so much more to that story. It was an interesting choice to have Alison's chapters be in the first person and Kitty's in the third. It's always an interesting choice to me, but I once asked Beatriz Williams how she decides which character will speak in first person and which will be third, and she said the character she wants us to feel sympathetic towards is usually the first person narrative. And yet, Kitty is the one who is in a home. We get Kitty's perspective about what it's like to live inside her body when she can't actually express herself, but we're removed from it all the same. This books is full of mysteries and missing puzzle pieces and twists and turns, but it's the last handful of chapters that get to you the most. My jaw was in a perpetual state of being unhinged as I watched all of the puzzle pieces finally fit together. Yet, even as Alison lays all her cards on the table, you're left wondering: But is that the truth?

First off, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book was un-put-down-able! There is a lot of tragedy and some "on screen" violence, but it doesn't become brutal. It moves so fast and takes multiple twists and turns. Just when you think you have it figured out, there's another twist. We are left guessing at what comes next, but I never guessed right. I was surprised by all of them. That always makes for a great thriller/mystery, but the strength of this book is in the characters. The character are so well drawn. From the first few pages you know who these people are, but as you read they keep surprising you with why they do what they do. They change and evolve. Everything that happens is believable because of who these people are and why they are. I could not predict the twists and turns, but I believed all of them were true because of these characters. I can not stress strongly enough how real and clear these characters were. In the end, we figure out all the secrets. But I'm still left thinking about these people because I'm not sure if I like them or not. There is so much to keep thinking about after you finish this book.

Overall I enjoyed this book. But... there were a lot of stories happening at once and I always felt like I was missing something.

This book felt like two stories working at becoming one. I found myself more interested in the individual stories than how they related. The need to manufacture coincidences to relate the past to current time frame stretched my willingness to suspend my sense of disbelief. I think too many story lines between the two sisters that could have used a healthy dose of editing kept this book from being a notch above the rest of the genre.

I was provided an ARC from Penguin Books and First to Read for my honest review I really enjoyed this novel. I was hooked almost immediately and definitely interested in the mystery element. The plot was well written and thought out. The characters were well developed and likeable (or not, if they weren't supposed to be). The mystery was not easily solved or revealed and I appreciated the way Ms. Corry went about the reveal. The ending was really good and surprising. I would definitely recommend this book to others and I'm interested in reading more from Ms. Corrry.

This novel was told from 2 perspectives: Alison and Kitty. I thought that this was quite a different thriller than what I'm used to. Maybe this was because I had no idea about the premise before reading this novel, but I found the writing to be really appealing and the story caught my attention right away. Having a character with a mental and physical disability is something very unique, and I thought the author did a really great job of representing this character's difficulties in life. I also really liked that the author made Kitty a bitchy person; most authors try to garner pity for the disabled character but the author didn't try to do that here. However, I didn't really like Alison's character. A lot of the things she did made no sense, and while the author did explain it at the end, the explanation didn't cut it for me. The main theme for this story is about what it means to be sisters and how far you would go to protect your sibling. Considering that I have a sister who is 8 years younger than me, a lot of the reasons behind hiding the truth was understandable from me. I wasn't ever able to predict any of the twists which was nice, but I didn't care much for the plot after the halfway point. I don't want to reveal too much of the story but it just didn't really seem to flow at this point of the novel. However, I did like the focus on the sibling relationship... but maybe this is because of my own partiality to stories about sisters. Since I liked the theme and most of the story, I'm giving this a 3/5 stars. But note: this was a really hard novel to rate because I was torn at points on whether I liked the story or not.

Full Review on my blog. 3 stars. Trigger warning: This novel details accounts of self harm and rape. One second is all that it takes to change your life forever. There is an accident when three school girls are crossing the road. The only witnesses are the survivors, Allison, the one who survived without a scrape, her sister Kitty who is unconscious at the scene, and the driver of the car. Which story is correct when everyone has a different memory of what happened? Allison moves on after the accident and becomes an art teacher, while Kitty suffers from brain trauma and is put into a facility to take care of her. The novel is split in its narration. It goes between the present, with Allison being the narrator, and then it goes to the past with Allison going by Ali. The other narrator is Allison's sister, Kitty. This was the story that I found to be the most interesting because Kitty's thought process and the way that she interacted with everyone had me on the edge of my seat, waiting for someone to understand her. This novel did end up being a little problematic for me however, I did enjoy the story but I found everyone to really be devoid of emotions: -Allison is supposed to fall in love with one of the characters but it doesn't feel like she does. -Some of the scenes where the character does self harm feels like the author doesn't quite seem to be understanding of why most people do self harm. I sometimes found the writing and thought process of Allison to be childish in that regard which made me think Corry didn't know how to properly write about the subject. Rather than explaining the emotions that Allison was going through, it was just as if Allison was cutting herself just to cut herself, so that she would be seen as "different". Corry does have a background in journalism would could be accredited to the lack of emotion and description in the novel, since they aren't used to writing flowery prose. The end of this novel was a bit of a let down, I feel like Corry just threw it together to make Allison sound more vindictive than she actually was. I did read this novel in a matter of a few hours because it was an easy read and I did enjoy myself, but I'm a little disappointed in it all together. I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first novel I've read by this author and it won't be the last. Ms. Corry had me hooked from the very beginning, Alison who is on the edge of being neurotic by running from something that has happened from her past, she's constantly changing homes and never lets anyone get to close to her. Her only acquaintances are the students who take her art classes at the local college. Alison is barely making ends met with teaching the one class so when she receives a flyer in regards to teaching an art class at a local Men's prison colony she's torn as she applies, but the need for money is too great to pass the opportunity up. Kitty is Alison much younger half-sister who is living in an assisted care home as a result of traumatic brain injury causes her to have violent outbursts. Kitty was not an easy child, she tormented Alison while they were growing up. This is one diabolical novel that shouldn't be missed. There is so much going on that the reader is constantly learning something new regarding this family in each chapter. Ms. Corry does an excellent job in tying all these loose ends together to bring the reader to the shocking end.

I just couldn’t get interested in this story. Too much jumping around and not enough information. Couldn’t finish it

I had trouble following the story line with the jumps between the perspectives. Usually I like that style but it did not work for me in this book. Not my favorite.

The book started off a bit slowly for me, but it wasn't long before I was hooked. The story alternates between two sisters, Alison and Kitty, and two time periods. All of the characters have secrets. I thought the last secret had been revealed about sixty pages before the end, but there were several more things told in the final pages. I kept turning the pages to see what would happen next and I wasn't disappointed by the characters or the story. Four stars!

Five stars!! This book, told in the totally different perspective of two sisters, has so many twists and turns. Every chapter seemed to end in a cliffhanger. Although I felt sympathy for Kitty, I really started to dislike her personality as I got further through the book. I guess her brain injury caused her to be a hateful, selfish 11-year old for the rest of her life?! Anyway, I lost sleep the last couple days trying to finish just one more chapter...and then one more, lol! I look forward to reading more by this author. Thanks First to read books!

Fifthteen years ago Alison endured an unimaginable tragedy, one that took the life of her young friend, and permanently altered her sisters life and left Ali feeling as though she needed to be punished for it a daily basis. No matter how much she tries to forget the events of that day, their always there lingering in the back of her mind and continually torturing her emotionally. She has taken up teaching art at a local venue to make ends meet, but it isn't quite cutting it, so she decides to also pick up a job at a local prison teaching art there as well, and shortly after things in her life take an interesting turn. Someone knows that her and her sister harbor a secret from that awful day and they want the truth to come out, no matter the cost... which means Ali and her sister are in grave danger. Blood Sisters is an engrossing and exquisitely crafted tale that will have you holding your breath and teetering on the edge of your seat the whole way through! The story is told from two voices, and weaves between past and present, and is riddled with many twists and turns that you will never see coming. Just when I thought I had a handle on things, Ms. Corry's crafty words would sneak up on me and leave me second guessing myself. This is one of those reads that will take you by surprise, pull the proverbial rug out from under you many times, and leave you wondering what in the hell just happened, WOW what an impressive first read!! I have to say this is definitely one the best books I have had the pleasure of reading this year, and is one that should not be missed, highly recommend you get your hands on this one it is sure to leave you spellbound! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.

This is a story you do not want to put down until you figure out everything that happened and how it all turns out. Sisters with different injuries and perspectives from an accident that happened 15 years ago. It will keep you guessing and wondering, pulling you in with every twist and turn. Until finally, things are resolved, almost..... Dive in and enjoy a page turner!

A young woman, Alison, mentally tortures herself over an accident that handicaps her younger sister, Kitty. I had a few obstacles to enjoying this book. First, too many coincidences. People popping up and puzzle pieces fitting together too perfectly. This was just unrealistic. Second, the twists felt too contrived as though the author were cooking a recipe and kept adding spices without checking to see if the recipe needed them or not. With one less twist and one less coincidence, this might have been a good solid story.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It kept me guessing all the way to the very end. The twists and turns with the 2 sisters were intriguing. I appreciated the story from Kitty's view point especially. So many people think that when someone is somehow handicapped they are not longer cognizance of what is going on around them, so this was a fresh view.

This book had me intrigued from the beginning. Both sisters have a story to tell. Both stories cannot be stranger than fiction because both sisters are just so complex and conniving to each other and their counterparts. I explained it to myself in the most simplest way. Sisters, although blood is thicker than water, be careful of treading in those lakes... Twists. Turns. The most Aha moments when you least expect it. I suggest it as a must read for the year 2018!! This writer is very good at getting your attention through the threads. Five Stars!!?????

It took me a little bit to really understand what was going on in the book, but once I did there was no stopping. Kitty and Alison are both uniquely damaged in their own ways and have to delve through their pasts to understand what happened in the past. Kitty wanted a relationship with her sister and never really had one. She did not know whether she could trust her sister to tell the truth once she discovers it. This book had a great psychological angle to in and great character development. I will be adding this author's other work to my Kindle.

This book took a little time for me to feel invested in it. The characters are not as well built as in some stories but the plot thickens. It takes twists and turns that are unexpected and because of this, I think the book has merit.

Sisters. I've never had one, but I do have a couple of friends that I could call sister. This story is an unfortunate twist of fate. With everyone having guilt feelings, and others not admitting to the blame that is theirs. I had to keep reading to get to the end. To find out what happened to these people. Alison and Kitty, two half-sisters. One so guilt ridden and the other so badly injured she really doesn't know or remember anything. Still her personality shows through the brain damage she lives with. I think she was quite spoiled and selfish. Alison and Kitty read like real people and I will give this story five stars over at Goodreads.

Told in alternating perspectives, Blood Sisters had me feeling very anxious and compassionate, all at the same time. Two sisters, whose lives were so different yet both imprisoned by their emotions or disabilities, were bonded by the sadness of tragedy. It was very slow to start, but engaging enough to make me want to finish it.

What a page turner! I was sucked into the story line from the start. I am not sure who I felt the most compassion for. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged. I would definitely suggest this book! Thanks First to Read for my advance copy!

3.5 stars Fifteen years ago, a terrible tragedy occurred. Years later, Alison is an art teacher barely scraping by in order to make ends meet. A job offer to work at a prison teaching an art class comes up and she accepts it even though being in such close contact with criminals makes her skin crawl. Kitty is living in an institution, unable to speak or recall much about her past. When a man comes to visit her, she freaks out over his presence although she isn't completely sure why she is so scared of him. Alison and Kitty are being watched by someone who knows the truth about what really happened years ago. But if the truth comes out, will more lives be ruined? This book held my interest from start to finish. You could really feel Kitty's frustration at not being able to communicate. I loved the alternating timelines and watching the chain reaction of events that led to what happened fifteen years ago. My only criticism of the book was there were a few things that I felt seemed unrealistic in terms of how they played out. Not enough to hamper my enjoyment of the story, but there were a few things that I was side-eyeing. Overall, I thought this was a good read and I recommend it to those who like psychological thrillers. Thanks to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.

What a great read. I couldn’t put it down and read late into the night because I needed to know what happened and how it would all turn out. I recommend this one to lovers of psychological suspense who enjoy a fabulous unreliable narrator. She was brilliant. And to lovers of twisty endings. This was one of my favorites this year.

This was an excellent, very twisty read! The first chapter starts out with a news report of a murder in a prison and then the main story begins unfolding. As you read it seems as if the two stories are unrelated, but then all the strings begin to get pulled and the clues begin to drop so that it all comes completely unraveled and then slowly, very slowly, put all back together again. I thought there were lots of surprising moments and all the details were tied up really nicely. I give this 5 stars!

Another great book from FTR. It's obvious from the start that there are some secrets being kept by these sisters .. although it is unclear whether they are intentionally withholding information from themselves to remain in control of their lives. I did get a little tired in the middle of the book of hearing how sorry Allison felt for herself, although I did understand. But the end really tied things together and kept me up late reading to find out what happened!

Two half-sisters, bound not only by family but also by a terrible tragedy, each living in their own personal prisons. Kitty was left severely mentally and physically disabled by the accident, living out her days in a personal care home where she screams yet no one can understand her. Alison has her own scars, emotionally and mentally from the accident and physically from self-harm, and lives her days as simply as possible, avoiding any close personal relationships. Both sisters are keeping secrets -- on on purpose and one due to her inability to talk. Each will be forced to face their past and their secrets, as well as the type of sisters they really were to one another. What really happened that day and who is truly at fault for the accident? Corry captures the tenuous relationship most sisters share with the confidence of someone who knows from personal experience. There is a thin line between love and hate, and these sisters seemed to have crossed that line several times. At first, each sister has their own point-of-view that leads readers to believe they know who each character really is. As the story progresses, however, we learn that not all is what it seems. Mysterious, suspenseful, and unpredictable with several twists you won't see coming.

This book had everything I love in a book; twists, turns and second guesses. Every time you think you have it figured out, another thing comes flying out of left field and it couldn't have been a more enjoyable ride. Jane Corry is a force to be reckoned with in a genre that is full of talent and I for one am a fan after reading this book. Now, on to her other masterpiece!

This is a story told through two perspectives-each sister that was involved in an accident that leaves one sister in a medical home and the other with lots of guilt. On one hand, I couldn't put this book down. The plot was fast paced with many twists and turns. On the other hand, the story was quite unbelievable and I couldn't get past that sometimes. The characters were complex which I appreciated, but sometimes veered into way out there. The final twist from Alison was out of left field as well. Overall, I think I enjoyed this book, but I do have conflicting thoughts on it.

I thought My Husband's Wife was good but Blood Sisters was even better! It pulls you in from the beginning and doesn't let you go until the very end. Each time I thought I figured out what had actually happened, Jane throws another twist into the story. I definitely recommend this book.

I really enjoyed this book! There were twists and lies being unveiled around every corner. I loved the author’s understanding of the dynamic between sisters. I couldn’t understand Kitty’s such intense dislike of her father... it just seemed like his transgression was not quite extreme enough to warrant such a fear. I also am happy to see a story that explains the “need” for cutting. I think that cutting is one of those things nobody truly understands and this book was able to open the reader’s eyes to the reason behind someone’s urge to self-mutilate. An enjoyable book, absolutely worth the read!

Wow! What an amazing story! This story has lies, love, betrayal, loss, and murder. The characters are great. They are very well written. You get more information as the story progresses, but I didn't see the end coming. I was surprised more than once by this story. It really pulls you in and makes you feel for the characters. It was very suspenseful, and I found myself guessing at things along the way. I would definitely recommend this book. I love it!

With its roller coaster ride of plot twists and untold secrets I was immediately captivated with Jane Cory's new thriller, Blood Sisters. A lifetime of lies are slowly revealed as the chapters alternate between the two half-sisters Alison and Kitty. Alison is an art teacher who holds adult classes at the local colleges. To help pay for her brain injured sister's care, Alison accepts an additional job teaching art at the prison. Soon Alison feels her life is in danger as she begins to receive threatening notes and scary phone calls. Then one of her prison students is stabbed in the eye with scissors from Alison's "locked" cupboard. Kitty is receiving care in a locked down facility for the mentally unstable. Although Kitty knows she was in a horrific accident she can't remember her past. Kitty can think clearly but her speech is garbled and no one can understand her voice. Johnny, a new Down's syndrome patient, is becoming Kitty's friend and lover. It is soon discovered that Kitty is pregnant with Johnny's baby. I could not put this book down as the author skillfully leaves the reader with unanswered questions. Who caused the accident that left Kitty brain- damaged and her best friend dead? What was the secret between the handsome teenage driver and Alison? Jealousy, hidden secrets, precarious family relationships, the bond of sisters, betrayal, and death are only some of the plot elements revealed in this thrilling suspense mystery by Jane Corry.

This is a really quick read. I don't mean because it's so short I mean you won't be able to put it down. I love the two main characters and the twist the book has. It really was such as amazing read I am sad its over and I highly recommend it.

Two sisters. One accident. A bunch of lies. Set in the point of view of the two sisters, Alison and Kitty. The author did a wonderful job telling this story. The two distinct voices of the two characters was splendidly different. She captured in the little monents what it's like having a sister/sibling. The fighting and picking on each other. The one ups manship, not a thing but I'm staying with it, between family. Overall ending is happy.

Blood Sisters by Jane Corry takes us into the lives of two little girls, bound by blood, both the blood of kinship as well as that of spilled blood, from evil visited upon them in the past. The prologue gives us a hint of innocence, unsuspecting, and how it is destroyed with horrible consequences. The book is written in the first-person present tense point of view of Alison and the third person past tense point of view of Kitty. Both girls were extremely well drawn, thanks to the manner in which the author built them up. At heart, both sisters were deeply flawed, subject to human emotions like jealousy, anger, rage. But they did seek to redeem themselves, and that was good. The book drew me in. It was unpredictable. I just didn’t know what was coming next. The revelations kept piling up. I particularly appreciated the sensitivity with which the author described the inmates at the home. Not only Kitty, but Johnny, Margaret, Duncan and the others were all shown as real humans with real human needs. The fact that Kitty tended to lash out also becomes understandable when we get to know of her deep frustration emerging from her inability to make herself understood. The only thing that struck a false note for me was the fact that Kitty’s memories started returning after she went into labour. It just seemed too pat and unreal. Also, the manner in which Kitty’s final revelation came out appeared to be too rushed, as if the author having drawn out her story, was now anxious to bring it to a close. Overall, Blood Sisters had a theme of redemption, of opportunities to right the wrong choices made in the past, of secrets and lies that hurt those we seek to protect. Above all, it spoke of the complexity of the relationships between sisters, the admiration and love, often mixed with jealousy and loathing. Full & Detailed review: https://cynthology.blogspot.com/2017/11/book-review-blood-sisters.html

I loved this book from the first page and found it difficult to put down. Each of the characters was well-developed and complex. Kitty, Alison and their parents all had secrets that had devastating effects on each other and the other lives they touched. Alison lived with the guilt of what she did. Kitty lived with the consequences of her behavior. The end of every chapter left me eager to find out what happened next as lies and secrets were uncovered. As the truth was being exposed, nothing was predictable. Just when you think you may have an idea, you realize another secret unraveled and it's even more shocking than the last. Every lie and twist was expertly interwoven and kept me guessing until the final chapter. Blood Sisters is by far one of the best psychological thrillers I have read in a long time.

Well, I have stayed up past my bedtime again because of an unputdownable book. My favorite genre is thriller, and Blood Sisters delivers much suspense and plenty of thrills. The book description is chilling. "Three little girls set off to school one sunny morning. Within an hour, one of them is dead." It's such a sad story. A straight forward event of a car being driven too fast on a school route. Except nothing is ever that simple is it? Jane Corry delivers characters we would all know in our lives. Except some of those characters are liars. Or evil. The twists that are behind this life changing accident turn the book into a guessing game of wondering how many lies are hidden behind the facades of our social faces. Anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers needs to read this book. Read Jane Corry's debut novel if you haven't read it already. And look for more novels to be released because Jane Corry is a sleep robber who is worth the investment.

**Thanks to FirstToRead for providing a complimentary copy of BLOOD SISTERS in exchange for my honest review.** Three girls cross the street. Vanessa dies, Kitty is permanently disabled and Alison appears fine. Fifteen years later Alison leads a mostly solitary life. Kitty, who resides in a facility, lives in her head, unable to speak. Their worlds are about to collide again, when the truth finally emerges about what really happened the morning of the accident. Jane Corry peaked my curiosity from the beginning of the story. I could feel Alison’s personal burden in her narration of the her point of view chapters. Her emotional distance from everyone in her life kept me from fully rooting for her. Although I didn’t trust her, I wanted a positive outcome. Kitty was simply horrid. I had difficulty feeling any empathy for her, despite her physical limitations. BLOOD SISTERS can best be described as a slow burn. I wasn’t sure where the story was headed until well into the second part. Corry’s writing was engaging enough to keep my turning pages until I saw the resolutions. The story had so many twists and turns and they all made sense to the plot. If you like mysteries that keep you guessing, add BLOOD SISTERS to your TBR list.

 


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