“Sisters” by Daisy Johnson


Genre: Gothic fiction
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group 
Pub. Date: August 13, 2020


The cover suggests a story about mental illness, which it is.   However, it is also has a gothic plot, and I do love my gothic reads. Still, I think will I need a break from twisted plots for a while. One can suggest that the novel is part horror and part mystical. A mother and her two teenage daughters are fleeing their home because of an unspecified tragedy that happened while the girls were at school. They move from Oxford to a broken-down house on the Moors.  The sort of house that gothic reads are made of, “The empty house, owned by the girls’ aunt, is ramshackle, and not in a charming way: It sags and bulges, “squatting” in a mess of broken roof tiles, old scaffolding, thorn bushes, and sheep excrement.”  I found the writing style a nice surprise. Because this is a dark read, I was not expecting the writing to often be filled with stream-of-conciseness verses. “Sleep is heavy, without corners, dreamless…My throat is dry like sand. I swallow and swallow. Peel myself up.”  “Sisters” is a hard read filled with domestic abuse between the sisters. If you can get through that, you will be able to enjoy the ending’s “shocking” twist.  I did guess it when the girls lose their virginity, but I was never sure until I finished the book. If you do read this one, let me know if you too guessed correctly.

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4 thoughts on ““Sisters” by Daisy Johnson

  1. Oh, Martie, gothic reads are enchanting and murky waters at the same time 🙂
    Your review is intriguing and I think I’ll enjoy the added verses.

    ‘The Thirteenth Tale’ by Diane Setterfield was such a read for me. I’d recommend it, yet knowing it is not for everyone.


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