Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Review - Brother/Sister by Sean Olin
Will and Asheley have a troubled past. Their father left them when they were little, and their mother has just been carted off to an alcohol treatment center. Now, they have the house to themselves, and an endless California summer stretching out before them. Through alternating perspectives, they tell the story of how and why their lives spun violently out of control - right up to the impossibly shocking conclusion you'll have to read for yourself to believe.
So, I got this to read for FREE from my local bookstore. It was a PROOF copy! Yay! Happy times.
So moving on from where this came from as it is the first time I am reviewing something that isn't mine :).
I will say that although the title more than hints a little at the idea of incest...there isnt actually much on that front. Will and Asheley ARE close, maybe closer than is healthy and there is bits that hint at some DEEP feelings from Will but there is nothing R/18 or whatever rated. (But maybe some stuff that will make you uncomfortable reading).
OK warnings over, on with the post.
This book totally screwed with my mind. Really. I am not into this kind of book, usually I avoid them like the plague but it was for free (who am I to kick lady luck in the teeth – exactly :)).
Like I said this book totally messes with you, it sets you up to believe one thing and then at the end goes and throws a wrench into the work that makes you questions if everything that you read beforehand was real or at least true.
Asheley and Will are a brother and sister who have been left to raise themselves after their father disappeared and their mother is drunk or in rehab half the time. Will is very protective of Asheley, seeing her as perfect and as someone who I unable to look after herself. And his protective instincts take a deadly turn as their life spirals out of control.
This book deals with some very touchy issues such as drug use, drinking (underage and otherwise), and just how much can you love a person before it brinks on obsession.
The book is told in first person from the altering views of Asheley and Will (1 chapter Will, 1 chapter Asheley etc). Their accounts stay consistent with each other until their stories start to fray at the edge and slight differences begin to show.
Is one of them lying, or is their elaborate plan falling apart?
You tell me.