The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.
In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.
This book deals with some heavy subject matter – a family grieving in various ways after the tragic loss of their sister.
For me, the bonds between the sisters are one of the highlights of the story. Sure, they have their squabbles, but will also defend each other until the end. Each has their own distinct personality and way of dealing with grief – some in not the most healthy ways – and I appreciated the different POVs of each sister.
My favorite parts of the story are when Ana’s ghost tries to communicate with her sisters – I always love the addition of anything supernatural – and it’s the primary reason I requested this book. Without giving away spoilers, one situation involving Ana left me hanging at the end, and I would have liked to know the outcome. Some parts, while interesting, felt a little disjointed and didn’t really come together for me.
This is a well-written, quick read (I read it on a two hour flight), but a dark, heavy tale of grief and loss with a supernatural twist.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.