Thursday, November 18, 2010

Book Review: The Deadly Sister

Abby Goodwin is the typical responsible older sister.  She's spent her entire life looking out for Maya, her younger sister who has dropped out of high school and is rarely seen by her family.  They know she's involved in drugs and hangs out with a rough crowd.  When Abby finds the body of her sister's GED tutor in the woods - next to Maya's cell phone, she steps in once again to save Maya.  She's determined to locate the true killer, but all clues point to Maya.

I'm combining my writing/MST3K review for this one because they're about the same.  It was the latest in a string of so-so books for me.  I feel like had I recently read a lot of deep books and turned to this as a light, fluffy read, I would have really enjoyed it.  It's fast-paced, plot-driven, and intriguing.  And I have to say that I really didn't see the end coming (this isn't saying a lot - I never see the end coming).  The writing is nothing to write home about -  but nothing really awful either.  It was fine.  And I enjoyed reading it. 

I think I'm kind of brain candy-ed out though.  For the past few months I've been sticking with light bubble gum reads because I'm finishing up my last semester of grad school.  I also helped edit a book and I'm working on a proposal for a second book.  So for pleasure reading I've stuck to very easy reads.  I love candy, but eating too much makes me feel queasy and I think I'm at that point with my reading.  Even a fun, easy read like this one doesn't jump out at me because that's all I've read lately.  Unfortunately my brain is way too fried to jump into something deep right now.

BUT, in only one month I will officially graduate with my MSLIS degree.  So I've been rounding up some very serious, much heavier reading starting after December 18th - in particular some great literary criticism from Harold Bloom (swoon) and Pat Conroy.  I think that will even out my feelings on books like The Deadly Sister.  I enjoy fluff more when I get it with a good wholesome meal of "real" literature.  If you're looking for something intriguing but light, I definitely recommend The Deadly Sister.  I did enjoy it and I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more had I "eaten" more than junk for the past three months.


  1. I've never heard of this one before...sounds intriguing. Great thoughts :)

  2. Your post resonates with me; I can't read too much of any single kind of book for too long before I have to switch - light to dark, heavy to fluff, fiction to nonfiction etc...
    Hope you enjoy the Conroy read!

  3. I haven't heard of this one either. I will have to check it out!

    Congrats on your upcoming graduation!!!