Published by Bloomsbury
Source: Review copy
'They found the fifth girl right after the snow melted ...the place where he left her was winter water, crazed with ice-feathers and dusted with snow. The traces from her body were gone, the ones that said his name, but she had an extra skin of ice that protected her and she looked perfect, like Snow White'. Ruby and her older sister Jinn live together on their own, just about making ends meet. Jinn is beautiful, with glittering blonde hair, and makes it her business to look after Ruby. They are horrified by, but try to ignore, the local newspaper stories of prostitutes who are murdered, their bodies eventually discovered underwater. Then the no-good Nathan Baird turns up on the scene - again - and Jinn starts to change. First Nathan moves in with Jinn and Ruby, making Ruby feel an outsider, and then Jinn and Nathan move out, leaving Ruby alone. Jinn no longer has time to look after Ruby. And it seems to Ruby that Jinn herself needs looking after. Her beautiful glittering hair starts to lose its shine. And then Jinn disappears. A deeply moving, chilling, and incredibly powerful thriller that celebrates the love two sisters have for each other and mourns the events beyond their control that will conspire to drive them apart.
The books starts with you meeting Ruby. Ruby lives with her older sister Jinn who for all intents and purposes has spend her life acting as both her mother and sister (even when her mother was alive). The pair are really close and live in a small house in a seaside village in Scotland. Everything in their shared world bobs along nicely until that is Nathan Baird turns up. He starts seeing Jinn and slowly Ruby starts to see a change in her sister.
This book is really beautifully written. It allows you to really get inside the head of the main character Ruby and you really feel for her and the situation she helplessly finds herself in. The events of the book trot along nicely and the story is really engaging but it isn't the "thriller" promised on the synopsis (and probably is all the better for not being so). The final twist at the end was good and I never saw it coming at all.
Definitely one I'd recommend but don't let the synopsis put any preconceived ideas into your head.
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