Two sisters who couldn't be more different come together to plan a shocking revenge in this "addicting" (Hello Giggles) domestic thriller.
Two sisters. One murder plan.
Everyone thought reckless, troubled Geraldine Monroe was the bad sister especially when she fled town after her mother's death twenty-five years ago.
But people don't know the truth.
Marie Monroe knows. She was there for their father's cruel punishments, the constant manipulation, the lies. Everyone thinks she's the perfect daughter patient and kind, and above all obedient. No one would suspect her of anything. Especially not murder.
Now Geraldine's home again, and she and Marie have united in a plan for the ultimate revenge. But when old secrets and new fears clash, everyone is pushed to the breaking point . . . and the sisters will learn that they can't trust anyone-not even each other.
"The story of Geraldine's return to her roots is vividly told... [for] readers looking for something to follow Jeanette Walls' nonfiction The Glass Castle." Booklist
"An excellent psychological thriller that's filled with dark family secrets and plenty of intrigue." New York Journal of Books
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Sarah Zettel is an award-winning author. She has written more than thirty novels and multiple short stories over the past twenty-five years, in addition to hiking, cooking, stitching all the things, marrying a rocket scientist, and raising a rapidly growing son.
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AudioBook Review Stars: 4 Narration 4 Story 4 I’m not usually one who grabs suspenseful tiles, but how could I resist one that has two sisters, one good, one bad, and neither have descriptions that quite fit? I couldn’t, and then I spent the next several hours unable to walk away, completely tense and feeling on edge as the story is revealed. Geraldine (the bad sister) and Marie (the good one) have been out of touch since the death of their mother and Geraldine’s running away. But now Geraldine is home, and no one can quite trust that she is there for the reasons she claims, or if she is to be trusted. Her father, Martin, rules over the family as he always had: harshly and roughly with not a bit of fear instilled at childhood that still rushes to the surface in the girls now. But years have passed, even as memories haven’t – and Geraldine and Marie are together in a tentative sense of the word, at least until the first fissures in their relationship starts to work its way to the top. As the story unfolds with alternating perspectives from Marie and Geraldine, and bringing history of their lives and relationship to the listener: the descriptives of both girls seem to switch from one moment to th next. Is there really a good or bad – or is either one capable of carrying that add-on to their name at any point in time, circumstances depending? It’s quite a journey through a difficult childhood, some deeply buried secrets, traumas and even the secret that could shatter their entire family – the story is gripping, tense and almost left me needing to curl up under a desk somewhere in all the best ways. Narration is by Angéle Masters, Brittany Wilkerson and Courtney Patterson and while I can’t speak to one specific narrator, the combination of the three brought Grace, Marie and all of the secondary characters to light, allowing for an almost tentative start in their interactions, to fully realize the withholding of secrets, memories and worries as the story develops with present and past –giving an actual sense of the internal tumult within, and a sense of the listeners inability to actually trust in either sister – as nothing is ever quite as it seems. Providing answers to all the questions as it poses new ones, the story is a thrill ride from beginning to end, just don’t listen with the lights out. I received an AudioBook Copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review: I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
This book did not click all my boxes. As a fan of thrillers/mysteries, I usually am all for the sociopathic character who wreaks havoc throughout a town or family. And The Other Sister had that; however, there's all kinds of other “crazy” going on in this story. There are no likable characters. Not one. The father is controlling and terrible in all ways. The men around him are subservient tattletales. And the women around him – including both of the MCs – are weak and emotionally and/or mentally unhinged. And everyone – EVERYONE – lies, even to themselves! Who is there to cheer for? Also, I felt like I was never invited into the story. I was an outsider the whole time – not knowing any of the secrets, truths, or motives until the very end. And even then I wasn’t sure of the “truth” I had been told. Feeling separated from both the characters and the story is not a winning combination. I toyed with a two-star rating, but I don’t want to discourage others who don’t mind stories that develop this way. So… a reluctant 3 stars for a book that I really wanted to like much more than that rating reflects.
Geraldine has come back home after running away twenty years ago when her mother mysteriously died. Geraldine Monroe is the bad sister. Reckless and troubled, she ran away shortly after the mysterious death of their mother twenty years ago. Her sister, Marie, has been home all this time; Marie is thought of as the good daughter and she has a son. Their father Martin, is cruel and cold-hearted. The sisters start potting together of how to kill him. I really wanted to like this one, but I just really didn't get into it. I only got through about half of the book. It seemed like there were just way too many characters, I was trying to get Geraldine and Marie straightened out of who was who. And then the author would bring in another character, their mom. And then it was bouncing back and forth between present day and the past. Normally that would have all been fine, but for some reason, it was a jumble mess of confusion. It was disappointing, as this book sounded like something I would really like. And I bet there was a twist or something at the end, but I didn't get there as I got tired of wondering what was going on and who was who that I just went on to a different book.
I was unable to finish this book. Neither the storyline nor any of the characters were able to keep my interest. The storyline felt too disjointed and the characters all seemed one dimensional.
The Other Sister by Sarah Zettel is a highly recommended psychological thriller featuring the dynamics of twisted dysfunctional family. Geraldine and Marie Monroe are sisters with a plan. The two grew up in Michigan in an emotionally abusive household with a manipulative, cruel father, Martin, and an alcoholic mother, Stacy. The younger sister, Geraldine left town twenty-five years ago after her mother died under mysterious circumstances. She was labeled as the bad sister, Now she is a lecturer at a college, specializing in the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm, and very rarely returns home. Marie stayed in their hometown and became her father's dutiful assistant. Martin is now wealthy, in control of his whole extended family, and a respected member of the community. Marie is the good daughter in the eyes of the community as she follows her father's every direction in his successful real estate business. Now Marie has asked Geraldine to come home for her son Robbie's graduation party - and to put their plan into motion. The novel follows multiple timelines and points-of-view as the enigmas of the past and the present are both revealed. The relationship between the sisters is complicated. Neither of them may be completely reliable narrators. They need to trust and believe each other, but can they? The perception of who really is the good sister and the bad sister will fluctuate as the novel reveals an intricate web of embedded secrets of their earlier years and those from more recent events. The characters are well-developed, but none of them are reliable or likeable. Zettel does an excellent job with the dialogue and there is a distinctive voice for each character. At the beginning of each chapter is an analysis of various fairy tales by Geraldine which serves to compliment the plot. Contained within the narrative are multiple mysteries and secrets, and the analysis of the fairy tales can be an interesting juxtaposition in comparison to the narrative. The plot does move a bit slowly at times, but Zettel has packed a lot of depth into the novel making this an interesting psychological thriller. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Grand Central Publishing.
Geraldine Monroe thought she killed her mother 25 years ago and then went away. It was believed that her mother killed herself. Now, Geraldine is back in Michigan to attend her sister, Marie’s son, Robbie’s high school graduation, Geraldine is a lecturer at a small college in New York. While Geraldine has been back to Michigan several times, now her sister wants her to stay. Marie lives with her father, Martin, and her son, Robbie. Marie helps Martin run their business. Their’s is a small town where tourists like to vacation. Marie is always striving to keep life running perfectly for her father to keep him happy. Geraldine’s return to town upsets their lifestyle because her father doesn’t approve of her. This story switches back and forth in time and between the point of view of Geraldine and Marie. It builds from the times the sisters are small as they observe their parents’ relationship. There are many secrets that must remain that way so no one could ever look down on the Monroe family. As the family tension builds, the secrets start to emerge to bring the story to its end. I thought this would be a “real” thriller and kept reading, hoping that something exciting would happen. To me, this is an example of a sick and pathetic family. I was not impressed by the book and found it to be, quite frankly, a waste of time. Too dark and depressing for me. Copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.