By Jo Treggiari
** Publication Date 24 September 2019 **
When D’s twin sister Kat dies in a plane crash, she finds it hard to piece her life back together. Spider’s brother was also in the plane crash. Spider was Kat’s best friend. D happens to see a photo of a survivor from the crash with her twin’s stuffed animal, and it sends her on an expedition to the crash site for closure. Spider and Min tag along. What happens next will change all their lives forever. Meeting up with a young women who lives on a paramilitary compound in the backwoods of the Grey Sisters mountains leads D, Spider and Min into a terrifying battle for their own lives.
Told from multiple characters’ points of view, The Grey Sisters is a YA novel rich with history (whether real or fictional.) There is a blurb at the beginning of the book that references a historical novel about the area, and the settlers who made their homes there. How the area and the settlers were somewhat wild and hardened by the conditions of living in the shadow of the mountains. This really sets the scene for what’s to come. The next section takes us straight to the plane ride that led to Kat’s and Jonathan’s demise. It’s a frenzied start to a novel, and keeps you wanting to turn the pages to know what happens next.
This was the first book I’ve read by Jo Treggiari. I wasn’t disappointed. Unique characters with strong personalities, I liked the fact that this book was female based. These are all tough women with difficult situations. The way that the setting is described gives you a virtual picture of how difficult the terrain is. The concept of the militaristic compound was both fascinating and frightening. Personally, I found the book to be well written and enjoyable. I would absolutely read another book by Treggiari again.
3.75 stars on Goodreads
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