Friday, July 28, 2017

Blog Tour: My Sister's Bones by Nuala Ellwood

Author: Nuala Ellwood
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks  (HarperCollins)
Date of publication: July 11, 2017

The One Person You Should Trust Is Lying to You…
Kate has spent fifteen years bringing global injustice home: as a decorated war reporter, she’s always in a place of conflict, writing about ordinary people in unimaginable situations. When her mother dies, Kate returns home from Syria for the funeral. But an incident with a young Syrian boy haunts her dreams, and when Kate sees a boy in the garden of the house next door—a house inhabited by an Iraqi refugee who claims her husband is away and she has no children—Kate becomes convinced that something is very wrong.
As she struggles to separate her memories of Syria from the quiet town in which she grew up—and also to reconcile her memories of a traumatic childhood with her sister’s insistence that all was not as Kate remembers—she begins to wonder what is actually true…and what is just in her mind.

In this gripping, timely debut, Nuala Ellwood brings us an unforgettable damaged character, a haunting , humanizing look at the Syrian conflict, and a deeply harrowing psychological thriller that readers won’t be able to put down.

My Sister's Bones is a debut novel that shows sometimes you get it right the first time around.  I ended up flying through the book because it kept me engaged right through to the end.  I definitely didn't end up being what I was expecting, but that was OK.  What I got was a book I really enjoyed reading.

Honestly, this book is hard to review without giving anything away.  I'll just say that I liked the way the plot was laid out.  The reader spends the majority of the book not knowing if Kate is losing her mind or not.  She is a war correspondent who is suffering from major PTSD, not just from her job, but from her childhood with an abusive father.  She drinks too much and takes too many sleeping pills.  About halfway through the book, we get a different perspective from her sister Sally and the reader is left wondering the same thing about her.  She is a major alcoholic and was an abusive mom herself.  Were both of them losing it?  You'll have to read to find out.

I definitely recommend this debut.  The ending was a surprise twist that I didn't see coming. I think that this author has a bright future and I look forward to seeing more from her in the future.

Purchase Links

HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About Nuala Ellwood

Nuala Ellwood is the daughter of an award-winning journalist. Inspired by her father’s and other journalists’ experiences with post-traumatic stress disorder, she gained Arts Council Funding for her research into the topic and ultimately made it the main theme of My Sister’s Bones, her debut psychological thriller.Find out more about Nuala at her website, and connect with her on Twitter.

Tour Stops
Tuesday, July 11th: No More Grumpy Bookseller
Monday, July 17th: SJ2B House Of Books
Tuesday, July 18th: she treads softly
Wednesday, July 19th: Readaholic Zone
Thursday, July 20th: Tina Says…
Monday, July 24th: A Bookish Way of Life
Tuesday, July 25th: Kahakai Kitchen
Wednesday, July 26th: Art Books Coffee
Thursday, July 27th: A Bookworm’s World
Friday, July 28th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, July 31st: Ace and Hoser Blook
Tuesday, August 1st: StephTheBookworm
Wednesday, August 2nd: Book Hooked Blog
Friday, August 4th: 5 Minutes For Books
Friday, August 4th: Jathan & Heather
Friday, August 4th: My Military Savings
Monday, August 7th: Wining Wife 
Thursday, August 10th: The Book Chick

1 comment:

trish said...

Oh, I love books with unreliable narrators! I'm thrilled this one kept you engaged!

Thank you for being on the tour!