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Dark Sister Paperback – 2 May 1996


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing; New edition edition (2 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747240299
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747240297
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun. 2000
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Evans on 26 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Highwater on 6 April 2014
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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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By Andy Eley on 9 July 2014
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Good read, well developed characters though perhaps too much time spent on Sam. Wonder if any if it works?! .
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By Moog on 5 Mar. 2014
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Good read no daft witchcraft just traditional practice woven into a modern-day story with a little artistic licence. I can highly recommended this for any lovers of witchcraft!
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