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Today I’m sharing with you my latest read, The Sisters by John Nicholl which was published through Bloodhound Books in October 2020. If you enjoy a psychological crime thriller then this could be right up your street.
We meet DI Laura Kesey and her team in South Wales as a young woman called Sally is hospitalised following domestic violence from her partner, and it’s not for the first time.
The man is being held in custody and Kesey arranges for Sally to have a room at a local women’s refuge so that she can be safe and finally make a new start. Sally has been let down by the police and the courts before and isn’t sure whether to believe that this time her partner will stay behind bars and pay for his crimes.
Whilst Sally’s story starts to be told we also learn about another man, who has escaped justice for the brutal domestic violence he’s inflicted on his partner, who meets a rather violent death when he is involved in a hit and run accident which is clearly not an accident at all. The driver reverses back over him and then sets the car alight before returning home on foot. The driver, a young woman, returns to the same refuge where Sally has just been given shelter.
Are the inhabitants of the refuge taking matters into their own hands? Are they set on a course of retribution? All too often those guilty of committing domestic abuse seem to get away with it and the legal system often doesn’t protect the victims adequately enough. As is just the case for Sally, when her partner manages to blackmail someone into giving him a false alibi and therefore giving him back his freedom.
Before long there are two cases of violent men who have met untimely deaths, in different places and in different circumstances but could they be linked?
The Sisters follows the police team and the lives of the various women who live in the refuge, along with the refuge owner, Ivy, herself a domestic violence survivor. Will justice be done?
I did find the story of The Sisters a little predictable at times but it was still an enjoyable read with some unexpected plot twists. I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate link below – I do earn from qualifying purchases.