Sister of Mine

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Pub Date 07 Aug 2018 | Archive Date 31 Jul 2018

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One of Refinery29's “Best Psychological Suspense Novels to Read After Gone Girl

For fans of Sarah Pinborough and Liane Moriarty comes a “twisty, claustrophobic” domestic suspense novel about the lies we tell to hold our lives together (Entertainment Weekly)


Sisters, like secrets, are best kept close.

Sisters, like secrets, are best kept close.

Penny and Hattie, orphaned sisters in a small town, are best friends, bound together to the point of knots. But Penny, at the mercy of her brutal husband, is desperate for a fresh start. Willing to do anything for her older sister, Hattie agrees to help. A match is struck and a fire burns Penny’s marriage to the ground. With her husband gone, Penny is free, and the sisters, it seems, get away with murder. But freedom comes at a cost.

More than a year after the fire, a charming young man comes to town. Hattie and Penny quickly bring him into the fold and into their hearts but their love for him threatens the delicate balance. Soon long-held resentments, sibling rivalry, and debts unpaid boil over, and the bonds of sisterhood begin to snap. As one little lie grows into the next, the sisters’ secrets will unravel, eroding their lives until only a single, horrible truth remains: You owe me.

A compelling novel of suspense from a talented new voice, Sister of Mine asks us to consider the bonds of family, what it takes to commit the unthinkable, and how far you’ll go to protect the ones you love.
One of Refinery29's “Best Psychological Suspense Novels to Read After Gone Girl

For fans of Sarah Pinborough and Liane Moriarty comes a “twisty, claustrophobic” domestic suspense novel about the...

Advance Praise

Praise for Sister of Mine:

"Riveting... Readers will be keen to see when Petrou comes up with next."―Publishers Weekly 

"One of the best first novels I’ve read this year . . . A brilliantly conceived narrative with wonderful characters and great depth." ―Globe and Mail

"Laurie Petrou writes with stunning elegance to weave a unique and complex story of sisterhood and secrets that ends with a twist you won't see coming... a fabulous read from start to finish."
―Wendy Walker, national bestselling author of Emma in the Night

"Poetic, engrossing...An unputdownable page-turner."
―A.J. Banner, USA Today bestselling author of The Twilight Wife

“By turns taut and lyrical, often startling, always unpredictable, Laurie Petrou writes about the thorny challenges and gauzy longings of sisterhood and parenthood with brash immediacy and perilous insight. This book is a cracked mirror―sharp, disquieting, impossible to look away, refracting our worst fears and best hopes back at us.” 
―Elan Mastai, author of All Our Wrong Todays

“I devoured Laurie Petrou's wonderful novel in a single sitting. Laurie's prose is stunning but it was the complicated relationship between the two sisters, and the secret that threatens to destroy them that had me furiously turning the pages. A fantastic debut novel.” 
―Hollie Overton, international bestselling author of Baby Doll and The Walls

"Mesmerizing and powerful . . . Dark and riveting, flirting at time with a hint of the gothic, it is a page turner that plunges deep into the wild and uncharted territory of family, need, and loyalty, and the strange, mirror-link of love and hatred. This book burns with the intensity of the sisters it follows, who you will love and hate and never forget." 
―Grace O’Connell, author of Be Ready for the Lightning

"An addictive portrait of a fascinating, complicated, and in the end, shocking relationship between two sisters. Beautifully written, insightful and thought provoking, with twists I did not see coming. A thrilling read."
―Cecilia Ekbäck, bestselling author of Wolf Winter

Praise for Sister of Mine:

"Riveting... Readers will be keen to see when Petrou comes up with next."―Publishers Weekly 

"One of the best first novels I’ve read this year . . . A brilliantly conceived...


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Love this book! It will captivate you from the first word. I can’t wait to read more from this author!!!

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Keep Our Enemies Close And Your Sister Closer An extraordinary mystery story told by an accomplished author, Laurie Petrou. As much credit as Petrou may give to her hours spent in the Grimsby Public Library or her incessant reading — “I feel slightly panicky if I do not always have a book on my person…” — her style of writing comes only from the depths of her own creativity. No one, no other author or book can teach a writer style. Technique and technical, yes; but style — thats inborn and unique to each author. Descriptions of such finite detail and personal of every day events most readers at some time will have experienced and these emotions you will recall reading this novel. For instance, somewhere, at some time I’ve seen this…this bird. Watched as the, “… bird flew by, casting a dark shadow for just a moment before the light shone again.” And, “I watch … imagining … the … day: a chill, red-cheeked morning.” And what pregnant woman can’t relate to these emotions, “I did not feel that I was a radiant, beatific, and glowing force of motherhood, but…a waterlogged, gargantuan grouch with a sore ass and frizzy hair.” And OH! so many more I could relive as my own memories flooded to the surface. STORY SUMMARY Two sisters, three years apart in age. For them, home is happy. The oldest, Penny loves her father, but she is old enough to see there are problems. Then, one day, daddy is gone and leaves a mess for his wife to handle and his daughters to live down. All they are left with is their mother and one another as friends drift away and their home becomes their emotional center. It is interesting how Petrou gives life to a structure. It becomes more than wood and rafters; nails hammered at one time by deft hands. It personifies life for the sisters: love, hope, disappoint…death; a slew of emotions encompassing their life. And their home? A house they never seem to escape. It binds the sisters, and leaving only cast the net for their eventual return. The sister’s relationship is a love | hate connection. Resentment, guilt and secrets held by both sisters binds them in a torrent of emotions. Emotions that torment and eventually lead to the twist in this story. One Petrou subtly hints at through the novel, but not that this reader figured out … and I’m pretty good at doing that. Sister of Mine is well written and the title is perfect, as is the cover. Petrou writes an easy style that draws readers into her ineffable story. A book I picked up and didn’t put down until I finished reading it. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for mystery | suspense, drama, and thriller readers. And definitely a book sisters should read. Somewhere in Petrou’s story we all can relate. Scary, huh? File Size: 4772 KB Print Length: 304 pages Publisher: Crooked Lane Books (August 7, 2018) Publication Date: August 7, 2018 — available for PreSale on Amazon ASIN: B078M3KGFF

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Twisted sisterly love. I loved this book. Engaging and pulling you in from Page 1 and doesn't release you till the last page. There isn't a thing these two sisters wouldn't do for the other in the name of love and protection.

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This is definitely a 4-5 star thriller. Really delves into that sister bond, and what people will do to protect their sisters. It's a very twisty thriller, with many shocks and surprises, but one that makes sure the reader is engaged and continues. Will highly recommend in Chapter Chatter Pub closer to release date!

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An acclaimed professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Dr. Laurie Petrou has written a book that won a literary prize before it was even published. “Sister of Mine” was awarded the Half the World Global Literati Award, a substantial literary prize that honors unpublished work featuring women as lead characters. After reading the novel, I applaud the decision of the celebrated panel that sorted through entries from 59 countries before making the award. “Sister” is a riveting thriller that examines family loyalty, secrets between loving siblings, deception, and the ever-threatening threat of exposure of committing a deadly crime. Petrou, a neophyte writer, pulls it off with great dexterity while displaying a talent that is astounding. The first pages of the book describe the death of Penny’s abusive husband in an intentionally set fire. The incident constitutes a secret shared by her and Hattie, her younger sister, a secret that churns throughout their life. As Petrou discusses in a blog, where is the limit of keeping a secret? In this book, that limit is stretched over and over, with a devotion that each sister has for the other keeping lips sealed … at first. But cracks appear in the wall caused by increasing tension, the suspicions in human nature, and increasing annoyances. The bond begins to crumble. The characters are motivated by an overwhelming sense of honor to each other but that slowly changes into destructive divisiveness. The suspense of the book is if the secret will be kept. There’s a stunning grace to Petrou’s writing style. Her prose and characterizations are fluid and coordinated. Tremendous insight permeates every thought in the novel. I strongly suggest that you don’t miss the opportunity to read this riveting and somewhat disturbing book. This is a talent to celebrate.

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Oh, this is a thrilling beach read! 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 through.

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Sisters will have each others back through thick or thin, usually. How far would you go to help your Sister? Hattie and Penny are sisters that would protect each other, no matter what. That's not to say there isn't any sibling rivalry because there most assuredly is. Especially for their mothers attention. Father has run off, so the three women only have each other. In each of the girls mind is the desire to escape from their home town, and each other. When a freak accident happens to kill their mother, Penny returns back to the home to put the pieces back together. There is a bit of contention due to the fact that Hattie was home when their mother died. She had earphones in listening to music, when the wasp stung the mom. Who knew that she was deathly allergic and Hattie couldn't hear her cries. She slowly suffocated in the garden, Penny the oldest, comes home and takes the role of oldest adult. The sisters have done things and said things that only they know. Who will be the first to crack? Who will turn on whom? Great read, enjoyable, entertaining, everything you want in a good book. Great characters, smooth storyline.

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Peggy and Hattie are very very close as sisters, they will do anything for each other. Yet as much as they owe each other for things that have been done for them it seems to never be enough. As we read on we see what causes the rift between the two sisters and how it seems neither can move far from the other because they both need each other. As the story moves along at a good pace we see what each sister has done for the other and we see the changes start happening between them. Within the pages you can start to feel the jealousy and the anger among other feelings. The sisters were really well developed as characters and I loved how different they were from each other and were willing to protect all they had even though their relationship wasn't easy going or perfect. Overall a really good story with good characters and a steady plot. When everything comes together it is amazing how well the author made it all work out.

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A story of the relationship between two sisters, Penny and Hattie who were orphaned at an early age and although there were only three years difference, Penny assumed the mother role. Then she married Buddy and went to live on his farm but as the years passed he grew abusive both physically and emotionally and paid particular ‘attention’ to Hattie. Determined to free herself Penny decides to set fire to the house with Buddy in it – and she needs Hattie’s help. So the two girls are living in their parents’ house together again. But now, one owes the other. Enter Jameson, a new man in the small town and the three become inseparable through the summer months and on into the winter. Penny is attracted to him, but so is Hattie – so Penny steps aside. This is just such a clever book. On the one hand you have the mystery of the murder, and will it be revealed. On the other, you have the romantic triangle and underpinning this all is the relationship between the sisters. Of course they love each other; of course they depend on each other; but overriding this is the petty (or not so petty) jealousies and insecurities that arise in families, particularly siblings. The tension between the three characters enclosed together in their parents’ house, full of their old possessions is palpable and suffocating. A constant chorus running through my mind as I read ‘how could she do that; why did she stay away; why did she go back?’ Each and every character was necessary, fully formed and underpinned the story-line. What a triumph. Would I recommend it, what do you think? Thank you to the author, the publishers and NetGalley for providing an ARC via my Kindle in return for an honest review.

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I really enjoyed this book! The story line was original and kept me wanting more. Such a complex relationship between sisters and the depths they went to insure each others happiness. Lots of twists.

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Sister of mine is SUCH a good read! I finished it in two days but if not for work it would have been quicker! I enjoyed every minute. I will be keeping this authors on my list to always read for sure! Thanks netgalley!

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Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou is a very different story, and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The book follows two sisters, Hattie and Penny. The book tells of the fire that starts at Penny's home, and leaves you guessing as to what really happened. Whatever it was, the sisters know and they are not telling a soul. The story progresses with the meeting of Jameson, a teacher at the school nextdoor to the daycare that Penny works at. Jameson then becomes the third spoke in the wheel of their life so to speak. I won't say anymore because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone, but I will say that I flew through this book and loved it. I would definitely recommend it. This ARC was provided to me by Netgalley for my honest review.

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Characters were well developed. The plot was intriguing. Loved the descriptiveness of the book. I would like to read more from this author

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I enjoyed the story. I was shocked when I learned the truth. Still not sure which sister I felt more sorry for. Maybe neither maybe both. Still can't decide. The author sure makes you think long after finishing the book. Wish it let me post my review to Amazon but it says I can't do it yet.

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