Sisters One, Two, Three by Nancy Star– Audio
After a tragic accident on Martha’s Vineyard, keeping secrets becomes a way of life for the Tangle family. With memories locked away, the sisters take divergent paths. Callie disappears, Mimi keeps so busy she has no time to think, and Ginger develops a lifelong aversion to risk that threatens the relationships she holds most dear. When a whispered comment overheard by her rebellious teenage daughter forces Ginger to reveal a long-held family secret, the Tangles’ carefully constructed web of lies begins to unravel. Upon the death of Glory, the family’s colorful matriarch, and the return of long-estranged Callie, Ginger resolves to return to Martha’s Vineyard and piece together what really happened on that calamitous day when a shadow fell over four sun-kissed siblings playing at the shore. Along with Ginger’s newfound understanding come the keys to reconciliation: with her mother, with her sisters, and with her daughter.
My Review: 3 stars
Sisters One, Two, Three is a novel about family secrets and growing up in an utterly dysfunctional household. This audio version was a random pick at the library. The synopsis sounded good and the cover drew me in right away. The storyline wasn’t new to me, but every author puts his or her own twist on it, so I had good expectations.
The POV comes from Ginger, the oldest of four children (three girls and a boy) and it flips from current day to the days of her growing up in the 70s. Ginger can’t relate to her high school aged daughter, is a terrific worrier and is coping with her mother as she declines into dementia.
As in most books that endure family secrets, this one was no different as it came to a head at a funeral. With the three sisters present, light is shed on the things they were never to talk about and of course, resolution is found.
This novel was fine. I had no problem going for days without listening to it, yet enjoyed it was I was listening. Overall, it was sad, embroiled with family tension, the power of mother and daughter relationships were tested, marriages were fragile and tragedy bristled below the surface of all the characters.