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Dark Sister

Dark Sister [Kindle Edition]

Graham Joyce
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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"Grab a chaise and have the iced tea handy. This is perfect summer reading....Joyce is a marvelous talespinner."--"Booklist (starred review)"

"I won't bother saying Graham Joyce deserves to find a wide audience in America; rather, I think the American audience deserves to discover him."--Jonathan Lethem

"Graham Joyce writes the kind of novels we keep hoping to find, but rarely do."--Jonathan Carroll

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Supernatural thriller Dark Sister won the British Fantasy Society Best Novel award. Housewife and mother Maggie discovers an herbalist's journal; soon after, her life unfurls wildly and runs horribly aground. It seems that the owner of the journal was not just an herb woman, but also a witch with real powers. Inspired by this forgotten woman, Maggie begins to dabble in the arts of Wicca. The gifts it brings her are powerful--a sense of freedom, purpose, even clairvoyance. But every gift has its counterbalance, and Maggie sees things she might have wanted to remain hidden. Even more ominously, it seems that in unearthing the journal, Maggie has awakened deep tragedies from an abandoned time, and the evil that now stalks her and her family might be insatiable and unstoppable

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: G&S Books (16 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,194 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller 16 July 1999
By A Customer
Anyone who sees their Victorian home would think that archeologist Alex and housewife Maggie occupy an average house. Even the two owners and their children realize their leaking townhouse is nothing extraordinary. However, that abruptly changes for the couple when they discover the enticing diary of the previous resident. Apparently, the former occupant practiced Wiccan herb-lore and documented everything in the diary.
A fascinated Maggie finds herself stirred out of her current tedium by the book. She turns to a herbalist friend (Ash) and an elderly woman with Wicca knowledge (Liz) for help to better understand what they found in their house. However, when one dabbles with Pandora's Box, anything can happen. In her thirst for knowledge, Maggie has awakened the DARK SISTER, who informs Alex where a sixteenth century dig site is located that she needs him to uncover. Soon Maggie's relationship with her husband begins to unravel, as the wicked sister wants to destroy everything precious that Maggie cherishes.
As with his previous release (THE TOOTH FAIRY), Graham Joyce starts his new novel (DARK SISTER) by painting an innocent scene that soon spirals into something deadly. The entertaining story line never gives the reader an oxygen break as it spins deeper towards an incredible climax. Even before the presence of evil raises the stakes, Alex struggles with unbelievable pressure from his archeological dig. His personal problems, added onto Maggie's curiosity, make the characters warm and genuine, which in turn adds to the overall feeling of terror and doom. Mr. Joyce provides readers with an intelligent trip into the dark. Fans will understand why the British Fantasy Award was bestowed on him for this novel.

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I decided to read Dark Sister after reading Graham Joyce's 'The Tooth Fairy' - which left me needing to search for more of his books.
Dark Sister has a very original plot and is an excellently executed novel which grips you all the way through to the disturbingly grim end. After I finished reading I did a little research into Wiccan and Old Herbal practices which was interesting; and I was pleased and surprised to find how much truth was in the novel!
I only have a little complaint and that is that the ending felt rushed and maybe not all the subplots had been adequately concluded.
Nonetheless, more people should read Graham Joyce as he is certainly one of Britain's finest writers today. I will now endeavour to read all of his other work that I can lay my hands on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Sister is excellent! 26 Oct 2007
I would recommend this book to everyone!! I found this book a fantastic read.Graham Joyce traps you in this books and only releases his grip when the book ends. It has left me wanting to read all of his books, which i most certainly will!! Please read it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stereotype alert 6 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The premise is good, the storyline engaging ....but it all dissolves into hopeless stereotyping. Am glad I read it but would not recommend.
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