I’m super excited to say that today is my stop on The Grey Sisters blog tour! Thank you so much Penguin Random House for including me, it was lovely being able to partner with you to talk about this wonderful book. My full review is below, and later today I’ll also be sharing a Q&A with the author, Jo Treggiari.
I had no idea what to expect going into this book, but can safely say that I wasn’t disappointed at all. Anyone who got the Indigo Box back in July (the one that contained Wilder Girls) will likely recognize the cover because it contained a promotional postcard for The Grey Sisters. If you remember seeing it but haven’t read it yet, stop whatever you’re doing and go pick up a copy!
The first chapter is unlike anything I’ve ever read before: it takes place on a plane that is about to crash. Right off the bat, you know this story isn’t going to be sunshine and rainbows. You quickly learn that a number of high school students were on the plane, and have been presumed dead and missing. However, their friends and family back home are not quick to forget them.
The story then shifts and follows three friends—Spider, D, and Min—who decide to take a trip up into the mountains to visit the plane’s crash site. Spider and D had both lost siblings, and want to visit the site to get a sense of closure. Min decides to join them for the ride; plus, she has the most experience outdoors and knows they’ll need a hand setting up the tent and starting a fire.
Once they get up into the mountains, though, something doesn’t seem right. They have a run in with some strange men at a gas station, and also meet an erratic girl who seems to be running away from someone. Despite these strange events, they keep pressing on with their trip. Fans of thrillers will be yelling at them through the pages to turn around and go home, because we know nothing good comes from being alone in the wilderness at night. These three girls are headstrong and determined, though.
What happens next is something I never would have expected, especially in a YA book. I’m not about to give away any spoilers, so don’t worry. I will, however, urge you to read this book to find out what happens in these sleepy mountains. I promise you won’t regret it, and then afterwards, we can gush about the twists and turns, and unexpected events that occur.
The Grey Sisters is told from the perspectives of multiple characters, so you always get an inside look at what they’re thinking. D and Min are enjoyable enough, but Ariel was by far my favourite character. She lives up in the mountains, and gives a perspective to the story that will keep you guessing until the very end. Where is she from, and what exactly is she trying to do? Readers, please, pick up this book and find out!
I’d recommend The Grey Sisters to anyone who enjoys thrillers, strong female characters, and true crime. The book is fictional, but there are some elements in it that I think my fellow murderinos will enjoy.
Thank you again to Penguin Random House Canada for including me in the blog tour for this book! The Grey Sisters came out on September 24, 2019 and can be purchased wherever books are sold.