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The Missing Sister (The Seven Sisters Book 7) Kindle Edition
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Delicious reading -- Daily Mail on The Pearl Sister
A breathtaking adventure brimming with cruelty, tragedy, passion [and] obsession -- Lancashire Evening Post on The Moon Sister
Another epic tale of love, loss and discovery -- My Weekly on The Pearl Sister
Heart-wrenching, uplifting and utterly enthralling. The Seven Sisters series is Lucinda Riley at the top of her game: a magical storyteller who creates characters we fall in love with and who stay with us long after we finish reading. Dazzlingly good -- Lucy Foley, bestselling author of The Hunting Party, on The Sun Sister --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08WRBNY1K
- Publisher : Macmillan (25 May 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1388 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 627 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 176 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As each sister closes in on the leads, it appears Mary is petrified of being found due to a significant trauma that she has been hiding from. And whilst she began her journey with the intent of closing some chapters on her past, she fears that after 37 years,what she ran from in the beginning, is about to catch up with her.
Forced to head to her homeland Ireland weeks pre-mature of her intended travel itinerary, Mary begins to unravel pieces to her puzzle all the while believing her own adopted daughter Mary Kate is potentially the missing sister the girls are searching for.
As always, Riley’s brilliant historification is the real winner, and the depth of her authorial research is evident as she pulls Mary’s tale back to 1921 in the midst of the Civil War in Ireland. Using the rarely heard-before voices of the women who were the fundamental backbone of liberating the isle from British occupation, the harsh religious times and the extremes of poverty were painted bleakly, and yet, deep love of family, and deep love of country were a beacon of light and hope throughout.
Consistent with the rest of the series, was the effective time loops that unpacked the past in order to contextualise the here and now, and whilst present-tense Merry was slightly less likeable comparative to the other central characters within the series, her past tense backstory was incredibly detailed, powerful and engaging. The story within a story structure, which is the absolute golden element of the series, provided insight into a horrific time of conflict and bloodshed that still lingers in the hearts and minds of the Irish people and will no doubt continue to do so for generations to come.
Leaving us on yet another cliff-hanger, The Missing Sister delivered in more ways than one, and without a shadow of a doubt the anticipation of the final book in the series is motivation enough to read all 7 books again in the event some key clues have been missed. Summarily, I highly recommend The Missing Sister and simply cannot wait for what dramatic twists and romantic turns the 8th book has up its sleeve.
I really hope that Lucinda Riley had already written her final novel in this series prior to her death so that all the loose ends will be tied up otherwise this story just leaves everything hanging with no real conclusion.
I have read many of her other stories as well and have thoroughly enjoyed them all. Very sad she is no longer with us as she was a great author.
I actually thought this was the last book but there hopefully will be one more to put the final puzzle piece in place.
This book literally takes the reader all over the world.
Its like traveling the world when we can't?
I can't wait for the next one about Pa Salt.
Hopefully all shall be revealed??
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Lucinda is usually so skilful at peppering her novels with fascinating historical snippets. Here, I felt like I was being lectured to a lot of the time, rather than learning organically as part of the story. The extensive Irish background detail is really interesting up to a point, but there was way too much of it - a lot of extraneous facts plonked in awkwardly or delivered in laboured speeches by the characters.
I can understand that Lucinda needed to tie in as many threads as possible from previous books as the series comes to a close, but there were just SO many old characters reintroduced alongside a HUGE raft of new ones that it quickly became distracting. I was however delighted by the reappearance of Orlando from Star’s story, he slotted effortlessly into the plot here. And it was lovely to catch up with some of the other sisters’ goings-on since we last saw them.
The geographical locations and ‘sense of place’ are usually a key appeal in LR books, but I didn’t feel that the locations quite came to life on the page here, particularly New Zealand. Some rather bland paint-by-numbers descriptions, sadly not up to her usual high standard. I missed the fantastic evocation of landscapes and houses in previous novels.
A big issue for me was that I didn’t really connect with Merry’s character, she seems strangely flat and generic. I felt I’d seen her before somehow, no unique personality of her own. Same with her daughter Mary-Kate. I found it hard to care about either of them, beyond wanting to know their eventual role in the plot. And the ‘Merry’ nickname – apart from being told by a couple of characters that the name is given because she is so happy and giggly, we see almost no evidence of this in Merry’s characterisation, either in the past or the present. It’s a problem when the reader has to be ‘told’ second-hand what to think of a character. The same thing happened with other pivotal characters too, most notably Bobby.
Lucinda always weaves a dual timeline into her novels and normally I absolutely love that and have no problem keeping up, but here I found it confusing. The ‘past’ sections aren’t chronological as in all previous books, they skip from 1920 to 1955 to 1960, fine, but then revert back to 1949 then back to 1921. By the time we got to the last ‘past’ section, I’d forgotten who half the characters were and had to keep referring back to the very first past section, where we last met them about 400 pages ago! It was frustrating. The fact that we weren’t following the same characters in every past section (which is what usually happens in LR books) also made it harder to emotionally invest in them.
It’s all such a shame because at the end, after I’d waded through the thick soup of characters and Irish history, there were some touching endings for some of the key players. As well as a couple of late twists that had me gasping! So it was definitely worth finishing, but I’d rather not have had to slog through so many pages of uncharacteristically lacklustre writing to get there. I’ll definitely read the newly announced Book 8 in the hope of a return to form, but sad to say I was disappointed with ‘The Missing Sister’.
However, it’s nice to meet the sisters all together and see how their lives have progressed but their world always seems unreal and rather privileged. I don’t want to add a spoiler but found it disappointing.
A complete waste of money