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Review: The Sister by Poppy Adams

Posted Oct 07 2008 6:21pm

Reviewed by Jeannine

This novel centers around Bulburrow, the eerily, beautiful, English estate of the Stone family; Clive and Maude and their daughters Virginia and Vivien - two inseparable sisters.

Clive and Virginia are avid lepidopterists (people who study moths), and this author is undoubtedly an extraordinary researcher in experimental science. However, I wanted to throw down the book because it’s just way too much description and detail; perhaps diarrhea of the words? The character is slowly losing her mind and I thought I was going to along with her!

On the other hand, Vivian is a free spirit and moves to London where she meets and marries Arthur Morris. Due to a childhood accident, Vivian is unable to conceive, therefore she asks her sister Virginia to be her surrogate mother.

Not until the very end does anything really happen. You’d think with a sinister house, two odd sisters and all those moths that it would have been a real page turner, but it wasn’t.

On a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest I give this book a 5 for the research, but only a 3 for the novel part because the ending was good.

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