Thank you to Netgalley and Graydon House Publishing for my advanced reader’s copy of The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets. This book is set to be released next week and if you pre-order a copy now you’ll have it on release day! Spoiler alert: it was a 5 star read for me.
Family secrets are the main event in this book. We have two sisters who used to be close and now never speak to each other. A mother who keeps walking off to a house and yelling at everyone around her and a young teenage girl who looks a lot more like her aunt than her mother…intrigued?
I love the journey each character went on. Every woman in this book grows and finds herself. The teenage daughter is on a path of trouble. She thinks everyone is against her and no one will treat her like an adult and tell her the truth. When the truth unravels out…well…no true spoilers from me! Lindy, the trouble maker sister, comes back in to town when her old crush from high school (now town police officer) calls her at her mother’s request. The mother has had “brain events” and is not quite herself. Lindy comes to town and helps out. Enter Delia. The sister who stayed in town and took on the family business and cares for their ailing mother all while raising her own family.
Will the two sisters be able to mend their relationship? After being driven apart can the two sisters even stand to be in the same room together? Delia has a lot of years of pent up anger and depression. Lindy has a lot of years of failed relationships and dead end jobs. The mother is realizing that her bouts of confusion are occurring more frequently and that she is taking things out on the wrong people. Delia’s daughter ends up finding out that her mother isn’t so bad after all…but can she turn her attitude around in time before it’s too late?
This is a must read 5 star read, but I already told you that. Each character comes with their own personal conflicts AND resolutions. It was absolutely heart wrenching for me to read about the mother and watch her have her good days and her bad days. The mother ends up taking the fall for not teaching her girls how to cope with things that happen in life, and we find out the secrets they keep. I am shocked I did not cry while reading this, but I wanted to.
The thought that went in to each character is appreciated and well thought out. The book is told from the perspectives of the mother, Lindy, Delia, and the daughter. What I found most appealing is how DIFFERENT each character sounded. The daughter sounded as if a 16 year old mad at the world girl was talking. The mother really sounded like someone who was trying to have her wits about her, but just couldn’t quite do it. The strife in the sisters’ voices was remarkable. It was so easy to picture each character and the flow was great. Pick this book up once it’s on sale on July 16th!
Title: The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets
Author: Molly Fader
Genre(s): Family Drama, Fiction, Women’s Lit
Publisher: Graydon House
Release Date: July 16, 2019