Book Review: Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou

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I requested Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou from NetGalley earlier this year after the publisher, Crooked Lane Books, contacted me about this new 2018 release. It sounded fantastic, so I added it to my August 2018 TBR queue. I enjoyed this family drama with a few twists and look forward to more from the author.

Fires are dangers. Sometimes they burn out. Sometimes they kill people. And even worse, sometimes, they’re deliberate. From the very beginning, you know something bad happened between these two sisters, but you don’t truly find out the extent until close to the end of the novel. Along the way, they fight over a man, raise a child together, learn how to hate and love one another… all the while trying to live a normal life. Is that even possible after all they’ve been through?

Petrou is a new author for me, and I’m glad to have connected with her book. I enjoyed the writing style and the in-depth analysis of the relationship between Hattie and Penny. I immediately liked one and disliked the other, but my attachments waffled a few times before the end. A good author can cause readers to doubt what they’re thinking… then bring it all together with a final and powerful ending. While it was powerful, I’m not sure I liked the ending for this one, if I’m being honest. I felt it could have gone a different way, but I still enjoyed the entire ride.

Kudos to the author and publisher. I will look for more from Laurie Petrou and recommend this as a good book to read one weekend… or by a nice cozy fire!


About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.


8 thoughts on “Book Review: Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou

    Beware Of The Reader said:
    August 9, 2018 at 6:24 AM

    Hahaha Jay I love your description of a good author! And if you wondered…you are a very good one!

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    August 9, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Ooo! I LOVE that you didn’t tell us which sister you liked and which you disliked! I love the suspense! 💖💖

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    carhicks said:
    August 9, 2018 at 7:42 PM

    I had not heard of this author or this book, but have read a few good reviews over the last couple of days. You have made this one sound so good. I will have to see if I can find it at the library. It was originally published in Canada so hopefully.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      August 9, 2018 at 9:28 PM

      It’s a good story. It’s not major and powerful, but solid.

      Liked by 1 person

        carhicks said:
        August 11, 2018 at 9:24 PM

        I was able to get it from the library so should get to it in a few weeks.

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