Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Book Review: The Sister Pact

Title The Sister Pact

Author Stacie Ramey

Release Date November 3, 2015

A suicide pact was supposed to keep them together, but a broken promise tore them apart

Allie is devastated when her older sister commits suicide - and not just because she misses her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they'd always be together, in life, and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why.

Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief.

But the more she clings to Leah, the more secretes surface. Allie's not sure which is more distressing: discovering the truth behind her sister's death or facing her new reality without her.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23510106-the-sister-pact

Review

This is a hard book to review. There's many things that I enjoyed, but there's also things that just didn't work for me.

I'm a big fan of books that deal with heavy issues. They are some of my favorite books. We've got suicide, mental health, and drug abuse as the big ones in The Sister Pact. While I feel like the author paints a good picture of how suicide affects those left behind, I don't feel like enough was done in regards to the mental health issue. Obviously the women in Allie's family deal with mental illness, but we're never told much of anything other than they're crazy and it runs in the family. Is just just depression that they're dealing with or something more? It just felt too glossed over, especially in a book dealing with suicide.

The other characters in this book were pretty toxic (although I feel like John had the most redeeming qualities out of everyone) and poor Allie was so clueless. And frankly, I felt like the romance with Nick was unnecessary. I would have preferred to see him as a friend to Allie rather than a romantic interest.

Overall, the story was okay. It just left me wanting more. More developed characters, deeper story, or something. Something was missing, but I can't place my finger on exactly what it was.

The writing was so good. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's style. It definitely saved the book for me. I'd be interested in reading more from Stacie Ramey in the future.

Rating

3 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. *

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