AUTHOR ALISON BUCK (from the United Kingdom) is a budding Writer sure to hit the major "BEST SELLER" lists on both sides of the pond. I was fortunate to "meet" Ms. Buck in the Amazon Discussions Thriller Group and jumped at reading her novel, "DEVOTED SISTERS".
From the first chapter I was reminded of two "Devoted Sisters" from my childhood. Mrs. Bolie and Ms. Sara McShane (Indianapolis, IN - my hometown). The sisters lived three doors down from us and were in their seventies' at the time. I used to mow their lawn and run to the corner grocery store for them. Mrs. Bolie, the elder sister had been widowed in WWII. Ms. McShane had never married. They lived alone and were sort-of the "neighborhood gossips". My Mom liked them, and they were kind. They never had visitors and did not really socialize.
In reading Ms. BUCK's "DEVOTED SISTERS", I visualized my neighbors. It was obvious that Lizzie was the "controling" sister and harbored a deep feeling of loss over the untimely death of their older brother, Frank some years before, a blow more devastating than his marriage to Vera. I felt there may have been a touch od incest, perhaps not carried through, but certainly in Lizzie's mind. May, her younger sister had married, but her marriage did not last. The "DEVOTED SISTERS" are living in the home their parents had built and they had grown up in.
Lizzie did all the shopping, walking the short distance into town and back with her supplies. May had always had a facination with Moths, and comes off as "child-like", even at her age. Ms. BUCK gives the reader an intimate peek inside the living arrangements of the outwardly appearing "DEVOTED SISTERS" and things are not always as they seem to be. Lizzie feels obligated to care for May, as she had her entire life, yet you feel she has grown to resent it. May seems to feel "trapped" and subjected to Lizzie's control, and she resents that.
Then, a stranger enters their lives, upsetting the arranged order Lizzie had worked so hard to establish and maintain all these years.
The twists and turns in this complex read will keep you turning the pages and on the edge of your seat.
The shocking end may even leave you in tears.
"DEVOTED SISTERS" certainly is worthy of the FIVE STARS rating I can give. I highly recommend you read this, you will not be disappointed.