Blood Sisters

Jane Corry. Viking/Dorman, $26 (352p) ISBN 978-0-525-52218-8
Two young women inextricably linked by a catastrophic car crash—and secrets one will never forget and the other may never remember—drive this engrossing, if ultimately unconvincing, psychological suspense novel from British author Corry (My Husband’s Wife). Chapters shift perspective between that of London art teacher Alison Baker and the institutionalized Kitty James, and from the present back to 2001—when everything changed for both of them, trapping the former in a prison of guilt and the latter in a brain-damaged body unable to communicate the thoughts she still experiences clearly. Ironically, it’s cash-strapped Alison’s dangerous decision to take a part-time job teaching inmates at a men’s prison not far from where she grew up that just may offer her a more lasting release than her habitual self-cutting—if it doesn’t destroy her first. Though readers may suss out the relationship between Alison and Kitty well before Corry makes it explicit, she maintains momentum with several startling late plot twists—a number of which, unfortunately, are far-fetched. Agent: Kate Horndern, Kate Horndern Literary Agency (U.K.). (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/20/2017
Release date: 01/30/2018
Paperback - 563 pages - 978-0-525-58916-7
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