My Sister And Other Liars by Ruth Dugall
Published by Thomas & Mercer
Expected publication 1 May 2017
WHAT’S IT’S ABOUT
Sam is seventeen, starving herself and longing for oblivion. Her sister, Jena, is mentally scarred and desperate to remember. Between them, they share secrets too terrible to recall.
Eighteen months earlier, Sam was still full of hope: hope that she could piece together Jena’s fragmented memory after the vicious attack that changed their family forever. But digging into the past unearthed long-hidden lies and betrayals, and left Sam feeling helpless and alone in a world designed to deceive her.
Now, in a last bid to save her from self-imposed shutdown, Sam’s therapist is helping her confront her memories. But the road to recovery is a dangerous one. Because Sam has not only been lying to her doctors: she’s been hiding dark secrets from herself.
My body is eating itself. My brain too, apparently, is being consumed by its eternal search for sustenance. This is what the staff tell us, one of the topics of our enforced education, the damage we are doing to ourselves.
WHAT I THOUGHT
This is my first time reading the author. I have her novel, Nowhere Girl unread on my Kindle.
My Sister and Other Liars blew me away. It’s one of those novels where you don’t find out what’s really going on until the last chapter and when you do it’s the opposite of what you thought it was. I love books like that. This is the first time I’ve read fiction dealing with anorexia and this is handed really well in a sympathetic manner. Sam and the other residents of the Ana Wing became like an extended family and I wanted them all to be well. When tragedy strikes one of the patients I cried for her. I loved the way the novel is structured, gradually revealing what led to Sam’s anorexia through her therapy sessions. In this way information is drip-fed which compelled me to read on. I had no idea what events had led to Sam’s condition. I thought I knew until revelations in the last few chapters stunned me. My Sister and Other Liars is great. I loved it and would highly recommend it.