When is a debt ever fully paid?
Penny and Hattie are sisters in a small town, bound tight to the point of knots. They share a secret they cannot escape, even while it pulls them apart. One night, a match is lit, and Penny’s terrible husband is killed – a marriage going up in flames, and offering the potential of a new life. The sisters retreat into their family home – a house of secrets and memories – and try to live in the shadow of what they put in motion. But Penny’s husband is not the only thing they are hiding, from the outside world and from each other. Under a cloud of long-held resentments, sibling rivalry, and debts unpaid, the bonds of sisterhood begin to crack. How long will Penny and Hattie demand the unthinkable of each other? How often will they say, “You owe me,” and when will it ever be enough?
“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.”
“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.?”
“Sharply conceived and skillfully accomplished, Sister of Mine is a stylishly suspenseful, vividly-told family saga thriller that’s as swiftly compelling as it is dark.”
“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.”
“An addictive portrait of a fascinating, complicated, and, in the end, shocking relationship between two sisters. . . . A thrilling read.”
“As mesmerizing and powerful as the fire at its centre. Dark and riveting, flirting with a hint of the gothic, Sister of Mine is a pageturner that plunges deep into the wild and uncharted territory of family, need, and loyalty, and the strange, mirror-link of love and hatred.”
“Engrossing. . . . An unputdownable page-turner.”