Sunday, July 22, 2012

What Happened to My Sister-Elizabeth Flock

What Happened to My Sister

Elizabeth Flock

Ballantine, Aug 7 2012, $15.00

ISBN: 9780345524430

Nine year old Caroline “Carrie” Parker kills her abusive stepfather (see Me & Emma). She and her alcoholic mom Libby flee from their small North Carolina town. However, her mother emphatically tells her never mention Emma who has kept Carrie feeling pretty good about herself. Confused Carrie begins to wonder if her younger sister Emma, who recently vanished, exists as her mom insists she has no other daughter.

In Hartsville, while Carrie’s mom drinks and entertains men, the tweener searches for food. On one of her treks, she meets Cricket Ford and the girl’s mother Honor. Stunned by how much Carrie looks like her dead daughter, Honor wonders why she never sees the obviously neglected child with her mother.

The sequel to Me & Emma is an exciting thriller that focuses on survival techniques by victims of domestic abuse. Fast-paced but filled with way to much happenchance, the storyline rotates viewpoint between the neglected and abused tweener and to a lesser degree Honor while readers will wonder whether Emma is Carrie’s imaginary sister helping her live through her young ordeal or a real person.

Harriet Klausner

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