Having read thousands of books in my life, I have never encountered anything like Bad Sisters. It was part English parlor game, Yankee drinking game and a mind-numbing story.
First the parlor game. Almost every paragraph and many "sentences" began as follows: ", while she was walking down the street." (quotation marks mine). What, pray tell, preceded the comma? I made a game of guessing. Was she humming, thinking of a way to snag her sister's husband? I merrily filled in the blanks, treating this as a form of charades. By the time I reached the end (yes, I finished it), I realized that I had composed almost half the book.
And the drinking game. I began to see phrases and punctuation marks show up mid "sentences". Some examples: "I swooned when I saw the most handsome 1-2-3 Cook man in my life." "I could not stop sobbing when '!' heard my sister screaming at me." I decided to turn this quirk into an excuse to down a shot of my favorite beverage.
And, of course, one does expect a story. From what I could glean, the cast was comprised of three drop-dead gorgeous English sisters, a gay Hollywood actor, a muscle-bound rugby player (the repetitive description of his musculature was akin to reading Grey's Anatomy), two Members of Parliament, a handsome bald Black man and an Italian prince.
The sisters shared a secret from their childhood, the two married sisters were not keen on their spouses and the unmarried sister coveted her sister's rugby player. The eldest sister, married to the MP, ran a successful business; the middle sister had a TV cooking show, despite her inability to cook; and the youngest sister had been banished from Hollywood when her gay boyfriend decided to come out.
The jacket of this book should have depicted a swashbuckling pirate tearing the bodice of a fair maiden's peasant blouse. It pains me to read women's fiction of this calibre. Having just completed reading two books that required much thought, I was ready for a light read. I should have stuck to anything written by Danielle Steele, whose books are easy reading, yet interesting.
One reviewer questioned the editing by prestigious Simon and Schuster. In the end, the imprimatur of Simon and Schuster is on this atrocity, but, to me, this was not a finished product. Perhaps these glaring errors occurred only in the eBooks. I choose to blame the entire fiasco on global warming.
- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK; UK ed. edition (1 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0857204831
- ISBN-13: 978-0857204837
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 281 g
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