Review: Sisters One, Two, Three – Nancy Star

With the New Year in full swing, its time for me to stick to some of the book resolutions I have made.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, and thank you by the way, you know I don’t reach for contemporary books all that often.

My hope for the year is to pick at least one up every month in hopes of broadening my reading horizons, or something to that effect.

Did Sisters, One, Two, Three by Nancy Star help me in my quest to read more contemporary fiction? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

The Book

After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear.

When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles’ carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel. Upon the death of Glory, the family’s colorful matriarch, and the return of long-estranged Callie, Ginger resolves to return to Martha’s Vineyard and piece together what really happened on that calamitous day when a shadow fell over four sun-kissed siblings playing at the shore. Along with Ginger’s newfound understanding come the keys to reconciliation: with her mother, with her sisters, and with her daughter.

At turns heartbreaking, humorous, and hopeful, Sisters One, Two, Three explores not only the consequences of secrets—even secrets kept out of love—but also the courage it takes to speak the truth, to forgive, and to let go.

The Review

I have a lot of feelings about this book and none of them are very good unfortunately.

I really did want to like this book, I went into it thinking it couldn’t be any worse than The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, but boy was I wrong.

I don’t know why having flawed characters in a contemporary novel about family is a trope that authors use, but it really does no favours for anyone.

Each of the characters were incredibly flawed, and while in some books the authors intention of having flawed characters works, in this one it didn’t work in the plots favour.

I felt bad for the character of Ginger, her daughter was insensitive and her husband was a pushover, and I felt like neither of them added anything to her life.

Speaking of Julia, Ginger’s daughter, every time I read a passage that had her in it it made me cringe. If I ever acted the way she did I would hope my mother wouldn’t let me treat her that way. Ugh.

I hated the ending for Solly’s character, mostly because I wanted him to end up a happy toy maker, but nope.

Glory, the matriarch of the Tangle family, was just downright mean, and when the tragedy happened to her family I felt very little sympathy for her because she really didn’t care about her children before the accident so why should she care now.

It took about 160 pages to get to the tragedy of the story, and if I’m being honest, by the time it came around, I really didn’t care that it happened.

Plus, I felt that the tragedy itself was grossly unbelievable, to the point where I began to just skim the rest of the flashback chapters.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars.

Purchase Links

Books-A-MillionAmazon | Barnes & NobleIndigo

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