I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star
Published by Lake Union Publishing on January 1st 2017
After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear.
When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles’ carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel. Upon the death of Glory, the family’s colorful matriarch, and the return of long-estranged Callie, Ginger resolves to return to Martha’s Vineyard and piece together what really happened on that calamitous day when a shadow fell over four sun-kissed siblings playing at the shore. Along with Ginger’s newfound understanding come the keys to reconciliation: with her mother, with her sisters, and with her daughter.
At turns heartbreaking, humorous, and hopeful, Sisters One, Two, Three explores not only the consequences of secrets—even secrets kept out of love—but also the courage it takes to speak the truth, to forgive, and to let go.
Sisters One, Two, Three is an in-depth look into one family’s secrets and the consequences that arise from keeping them. The story is told by alternating between the past and the present.
While it was interesting to see how the various secrets affected the family, I never really felt a sense of mystery or suspense. In fact, most of the major secrets are revealed at the beginning of the novel (one twist is revealed later on but it wasn’t an extremely momentous one for me). The characters were all realistic and very well-written, however I had a difficult time connecting to any of them. I think that may have been either because I’m the target demographic for this novel or because I don’t have sisters or a daughter.
This book does an excellent job examining the emotional and psychological impact of both family secrets and parenting. The slower pace allows for the characters to be introspective as they come to terms with the past. The reader can clearly see how the girls were formed by their childhood into who they are in the present. Additionally, I liked how the author took it a step further and explored how the idiosyncrasies they picked up in childhood affected their relationships, whether it be romantic, familial, or platonic, later on. The writing was very elegant and the pacing was good.
Overall, the story was intriguing and I enjoyed reading it. While it wasn’t my favorite, I believe that there are a lot of readers out there who will love this book (it might be particularly good for book clubs).