The Sister by Max China

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    Max China built more thrills, twists, and danger into The Sister than one could find on a mountainous road.

    The Sister is a fast-paced epic story. A mystery and suspense thriller unravelling over time, it follows the lives of a group of seemingly unconnected people, as they struggle to bring an unusually talented serial killer to justice.

    CORNWALL, ENGLAND. In the summer of love, 1967, two children witness a murder. One, a seven-year old boy, views it from fifty yards – the other, a young Irish girl, from miles away…

    LONDON, 2006. With retirement looming, DCI John F Kennedy reopens the only unresolved case in his career, the disappearance of a young nurse, Kathy, twenty-three years earlier. The broadcast appeal for information on the missing teenage runaway, Eilise; is followed by a cold-case reconstruction of Kathy’s last known movements. A new witness comes forward, and Kennedy – now set on the trail of a serial killer – unwittingly sparks a sequence of events, which he finds to his horror – lead back to him, threatening his own, very private existence.

    As the investigation unfolds, it becomes apparent that the murderer is no ordinary adversary. Resourceful and cunning, he has been operating undetected for over forty years, and it seems that only the original witnesses from 1967 can stop him.

    But they have yet to meet…

    The Sister is much more than just an ordinary thriller. It is the story of a lifetime…

    About Max China:

    Max China
    Max China

    Named as one of the Top 50 Best Crime Writers To Watch in 2014, (Source: Max has written several soon-to-be-published stories in the crime/mystery/thriller genre, often with a supernatural flavour.

    In a recent interview, when asked what The Sister is about, he said: ‘In a nutshell, it is about a man having the chance to make sense of his life in his dying moments and the story of what he sees as his last breath escapes. It is based on the concept that you see your whole life flash by in those last moments.’

    Interviewer: Why did you write it?

    I’ve always wanted to write a mystery/thriller novel and I guess it had been building in me. It went through several incarnations before becoming what is is today. I had some things I wanted to say about choices and what can happen if under pressure the wrong ones are made, how easy it is to do that, and the possible consequences of getting it wrong.’

    Interviewer: Tell us about your main character. What does he/she look like, love, hate, dream of? What qualities/flaws/principles does he/she have?

    The book is written in an unconventional way so that a variety of people are introduced fairly quickly, cameo fashion. The early lives of Bruce and Vera are explored, the effects on Bruce from witnessing a killer disposing of a body when he was seven years old, and of course, the effect it had on Vera viewing the same thing, but remotely from two hundred miles away. She is older and born with a wisdom that belies her years and other properties which enable her to cope so much better than he does. Bruce develops mechanisms that shield him from the fear, but blind him to the truth . . .

    Review by Tom:

    This is not your typical mystery novel, but then again it’s not your normal paranormal nor thriller novel either. This book is really three genre mixed into one deliciously tantalizing book. While this book is long and requires the reader to pay close attention so as not to get lost, it is well worth the time and effort.

    The book takes the reader on a journey of many years and centers on several characters. Their lives are intertwined and destined to remain so until death. Some will survive, some won’t. Each time you think you have it figured out, you find out you don’t. Even the ending is not what you would expect and leaves you wanting more.

    I will definitely keep this author on my radar and I look forward to additional books by Max China.

    Review by Author Stephanie Parker McKean:

    Max China built more thrills, twists, and danger into The Sister than one could find on a mountainous road. The forty-year journey through the minds and lives of characters as real and alive as your next door neighbors is tightly stitched together by the life and death spiritual struggle between good and evil.

    A former nun, The Sister, spins one of the fascinating threads in this rich reading tapestry. A soulless serial killer threads his way through the lives of the characters as relentlessly as discharged arrow seeking the bull’s-eye.

    If I could pen one word of criticism about this unique and compelling China novel it would be that it breathes life into secret fears. It’s not a relaxing bedtime read. Instead, the author’s skill ensnares readers and drags them through a book that they can’t stop reading and will never forget.