Sisters

By Daisy Johnson

A short and haunting masterpiece. I’m not sure I’ve ever been so desperate to reach a book’s climacteric moment. And it didn’t disappoint.

It’s difficult to say too much about this story without giving away what makes it so special, but I’ll do my best to keep it vague.

Sisters is about two sisters born just ten months apart. Their differences are vast, polar opposites in fact, but their relationship is incredibly close despite these differences. The writing style is very poetic, open and honest, you‘re thrust into very real and tough feelings around struggling relationships, schoolyard bullying, grief and single parenthood. And the metaphorical imagery around buildings, homes, bonds and motherhood is stunning too.

I loved that I could read this in one sitting because the questions kept on coming. Some might say the book is too short but, for me, it was just right.

My favourite quote would ruin the plot, which is driving me crazy because it’s so beautiful. But here’s a second one:

Her love for them was like carrying shopping bags up a hill and at times she became convinced they wanted the very foundations of her, wanted to break the bricks of her body apart and climb back in.

Sisters is out now (released 13th of August) and I highly recommend it. Thank you, Vintage, for the arc.