My Sister's Bones

My Sister's Bones

by Nuala Ellwood


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In the vein of Fiona Barton's The Widow and Renée Knight's Disclaimer, a psychological thriller about a war reporter who returns to her childhood home after her mother's death but becomes convinced that all is not well in the house next door—but is what she’s seeing real or a symptom of the trauma she suffered in Syria?

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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062661968
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/11/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 457,077
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.

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My Sister's Bones: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Read this in one sitting!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book I have read from this author and it was excellent!! Buy it u won’t be sorry with all the twists and turns. Lot of jumping back and forth in beginning but it all comes together!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really liked this book. The story went places i wasn’t expecting. Looking forward to the authors next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. I couldn’t put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Subject matter deserves a story. Writer veres all over the place and it felt like the focus was lost and diverted unnecesarily. Language ramps up about midway through the book and pollutes the rest of the book. Disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twink More than 1 year ago
Nuala Ellwood's debut novel is My Sister's Bones. Kate Rafter returns home for the first time in many, many years for her mother's funeral. She and her sister Sally had a traumatic upbringing - Kate made her own escape and Sally escaped into a liquor bottle. They have never really reconciled their differences and not much seems to have changed now, even with their mother's death. Ellwood puts her own spin on the 'unreliable narrator' that very often populates psychological suspense novels. Her lead character, Kate, is a seasoned war reporter suffering from PTSD - post traumatic stress disorder. She has seen many horrific events over the course of her fifteen year career. Those memories are intruding on her present, making her question her own actions, thoughts and what she is even seeing. For you see, Kate is sure there is a little boy in the house next door. He's out late at night and Kate is concerned about him. But when she confronts the neighbour, she is told there are no children in the house...... I enjoyed the uncertainty of what was going on with Kate, trying to guess what was real and what was her hallucinations. I started out firmly on Kate's side, but found some of her decisions a bit off putting as the story progressed. There is no gray area around Sally - she is definitely a bitter, broken woman - but one I found hard to sympathize with. She is given a voice with part two being her narrative. Sally's husband Paul I found decidedly smarmy (I love this descriptor!) and couldn't understand why Kate would spend so much time with him. I was pulled into the story and certainly wanted to know where Ellwood would take her tale. The last few chapters are quite busy, with actions and answers rapidly appearing. I had my suspicions along the way and was somewhat right in my guesses. But, I have to say that I found the final twist and resolution somewhat tawdry. There were some plot actions at this point that I found a bit far fetched and questioned the veracity of them actually happening. Ellwood's inclusion of PTSD, the horrors of war torn countries and the people trapped in those situations, brings a sobering dose of reality to this fictional tale. Ellwood's research and depiction of the aforementioned is very well done - and thought provoking.
READAHOLIC-ZONE1 More than 1 year ago
MY SISTER’S BONES is a mind blowing suspense novel that you will only be able to put down for bathroom and subsistence breaks. Additionally, this is only Nuala Ellwood’s first book so waiting to see what she will come up with next to this reader feels like torture. The plot is astoundingly penned including how the book itself is put together. The story flips back and forth between two different situations that the main character Kate is entangled in than about three-fourths of the way through the book there is a part two and finally, a part three where lo and behold during these intense transformations I literally felt as if I had been kicked in the gut. Generally, a reader is used to the emotional rollercoaster that a book, especially like this, can bring about, but I had never had a physical reaction to a book such as I did with this one indeed it was quite the surprise to me. Therefore, if this writer can bring on this reaction when no others before have just imagine the possibilities. The story keeps you on your toes wondering what's about to happen next leaving you in awe and perplexed. Throughout the book innumerable emotions are imposed upon you such as having your heart wrenched, bravery, a tad of joy and then there’s gruesomeness smacking you right upside the head. Also, a mystery saunters along with the plot holding you in its clutches along the way. I was left with many questions because of this book. How fluid is our reality? We know from scientific studies that two people can witness the same event and their explanations will not be the same. How much emotional trauma can one individual take before they lose their marbles? Also, how stressful do things have to become in one's life before your mind tricks you into seeing things that do not exist? Then finally can one person have multiple forms of PTSD? If you want to read a book that goes above and beyond this is the one for you
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Kate Rafter was part of a dysfunctional family and the only one who escaped. Her father was a drunk who beat her and her mother. She had a younger brother who drowned when he was young ... Kate's mother has always felt guilty about that. Her younger sister, Sally, is following in their father's footsteps. Sally has already driven her own daughter away .. she's not had anything to do with Kate, and even Sally's husband is about to wash his hands of her. When their mother died, Kate came home. She's now a hot-shot journalist following the war in Syria. She's seen things that most of us have never even thought of. Suffering from severe PTSD, she's an insomniac, depending on sleeping pills, and now she's drinking to escape the hallucinations. Her first night home, she's awakened by a scream. Looking out her window she sees a very young boy ... who is the spitting image of her deceased brother, David. She convinces herself it's only a dream, a hallucination ... but is it? The beginning of the book is Kate being questioned by a therapist. They are holding her for 74 hours to determine if she's a danger to herself or others. Slowly, bit by bit, the reader is privy to her life, from her childhood through the days she spent in war torn countries. There are surprises at every turn. It's a compelling read, very cleverly written. All the characters are fully developed .. these are people who could be your neighbors. It's a poignant telling of how she and her family related to each other. It's also a story of love, loss, guilt, forgiveness. This is a book that begs to be read. From the very first, the pages practically turn on their own, keeping you so engrossed you can forget everything else. I highly recommend this book, this author to anyone who enjoys a psychological thriller. It's one you won't forget anytime soon. Many, many thanks to the author / Penguin Books (UK) - Penguin Viking /NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.