Dysfunctional family? Check. Long-buried family secrets? Check. Mix it together and you have the makings of Nancy Star’s newest: Sisters One, Two, Three. I had known I wanted to read it ever since Orphan Train author Christina Baker Kline said she was “riveted from the front page.”
This book tells the story of the Tangle family: matriarch Glory, patriarch Solly, oldest sister Ginger, second oldest Mimi, brother Charlie, and the youngest sister Callie. Each character’s personality is thoroughly fleshed out as they’re introduced, so you always feel you know each of their distinct motivations.
When Ginger’s teenage daughter discovers a secret Ginger has kept from her family, it forces Ginger to remember the first family vacation as kids, where events took a devastating turn, one that would shape the future with more hidden secrets.
The reader is kept in the dark as much as the characters, which makes for an even greater reveal. As the storyline alternates between the 1970s when the Tangle children were still young and the present, you get bits and pieces as to why everyone acts the way they do in the present.
I did have trouble to relating to Ginger because I felt bad for her as a child and thought she was overbearing and naive as an adult. However, it did teach me to be careful in how I parent my own children. One wrong decision or how you talk to your children can make such an impact on their futures.
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