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Devoted Sisters [Kindle Edition]

Alison Buck
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Elderly sisters Lizzie and May live quiet, ordered lives in the house in which they were born; their self-imposed seclusion and the unchanging predictability of their lives shielding them from the changing world beyond.
But the day comes when this protective isolation is broken; the world outside forces its way in. A stranger appears, unsettling them, bringing with him the threat of danger, upheaval and violence.
Fearful and alone, with all semblance of comforting routine wrenched from them, Lizzie and May are driven to desperation. Dark memories emerge from their buried past as the sisters gradually slip from reason into their own confused realities, within which even their former carefully regulated world seems only a distant memory.

Alison Buck says,
"I have quite a lot of affection for Lizzie and May; there is menace, fear and unease here, but also reminiscence, loyalty, love and regret. Added to this, as their story progresses, the sisters' accidentally self-administered ergot poisoning leads to hallucinations and paranoia which, I like to think, sprinkle some nicely creepy weirdness into the mix."

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From the Publisher

Alison Buck is an exciting and strong new voice in modern fiction. Although her stories feature powerful insights and express a female perspective on important issues and concerns they successfully speak to readers of all genders, ages and beliefs. Dark, psychological drama, mixed with wit and delivered with a light touch that makes you care about the hopes and dreams of her characters.

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Although, as a rule, she concerns herself with apparently quite normal, everyday characters, populating what appear to be quite normal and everyday surroundings, the events and dangers they encounter soon draw them away from the commonplace and lead them inexorably towards often frightening and sometimes bloody outcomes.
Alison’s can be very dark, unsettling tales.

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More About the Author

Hi, Alison Buck here.

To date, two of my novels have been published - Devoted Sisters and Abiding Evil - and, more recently, I contributed four short stories to an anthology of speculative fiction: [Re]Awakenings.

If you are one of those who bought and hopefully enjoyed any of my books, please accept a big thank you.

I do enjoy writing. I love the challenge of trying to communicate to a reader the images, characters and events that are so vivid in my imagination. Obviously, I'll never know whether I fully succeed, but readers and reviewers have been kind enough to praise the richness of description and characterisation, while employing phrases such as 'thought-provoking', 'enchanting' and 'memorable'. That said, they also seem to enjoy the thrill of being unsettled, even frightened - with one reviewer warning others not to read Abiding Evil alone at night!

It is immensely encouraging when readers write to let me know that they have enjoyed the books. This is the final stage in a process that is exciting and absorbing from the start when, on day one, I face that first, blank screen. Once the writing begins to flow, the stories take off, characters begin to write themselves and time - in the real world at least - ceases to have any meaning. (At this point I think it might be politic to thank my long-suffering family for all their support, encouragement and patience ;-)

Finally, though the writing is hugely rewarding, and the positive feedback from readers wonderfully gratifying, for me there is little to compare with the excitement of holding the just-published paper copy of one of my books for the first time.

And I get paid to do this! How lucky am I ?

If you would like to comment on my books, or follow progress on my future titles, please feel free to go to my blog, 'Pass the Buck.'

Thank you for reading.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A jolly good read 10 Mar. 2012
By Ignite TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Two elderly sisters, Lizzie and May, have isolated themselves from the world for many years. Lizzie is afraid of the dangers of modern living and May is fragile both in body and mind. They are bound together by a promise made to their mother. Lizzie must look after May, May must obey her older sister.

Alison Buck is fine and elegant writer and always able to get inside the mind of her characters. Gradually the sisters' relationship breaks down and we become aware that they are not 'seeing' the same things. They are hallucinating and becoming irrational in their thought patterns. Reference is made several times to the sisters growing their own cereal to add to bread - I put two and two together! The ending is dramatic but under the circumstances, believable.

Alison can write beautiful description and sinister, threatening nightmare. The juxtaposition in the same story is delightful. A jolly good read, this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Quite enjoyed the story but hated the ending 3 Dec. 2011
By curly
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I really enjoy stories about relationships so I thought I'd love Devoted Sisters but unfortunately I didn't. I found the two characters interesting and frustrating in equal measures but I never really got properly into this book. I kept on reading just to get through it at the beginning but it did sort of grow on me as I carried on. I felt really disappointed in the ending though - wasn't what I expected but not in a "twist in the tale" kind of way. I don't think I would recommend this to others - It wasn't terrible but wasn't brilliant either.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark but compelling 6 Aug. 2012
By Kew
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I found this to be a well-written but uncomfortable read. There are so many different facets to this story - tension caused by the visions that the sisters are "seeing", compassion towards the plight this puts the sisters in, intrigue to find out what dark secret May is hiding, dislike towards Lizzie for her controlling ways but at the same time understanding for how much her promise to her mother has cost her. I found myself full of conflicting emotions, liking May more than Lizzie but then wondering if I'd been unfair to Lizzie; sometimes I positively disliked Lizzie but at others felt sorry for her wasted life. The ending was gripping with quite a twist to it. This is a tale that will haunt me for some time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected. 26 Feb. 2013
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I was really looking forward to this,but once I started reading it I realised it was not the story I was expecting.
The story of the two sisters is pretty repetitive,and really just covers petty squabbles,i was going to give up halfway but stuck with it to the end,but to be honest it didnt really improve for me.
I have started Abiding evil by the same author,and up to now seems pretty good.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Undermining of Reality. 26 May 2011
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As with a former reviewer I came to this book via one of Ms Buck's other works: Abiding Evil. That volume was an exciting horror story: memorable, terrifying, mesmeric and beautifully written. Having enjoyed it so much I had high hopes for this. I wasn't disappointed.

Devoted Sisters starts from an extremely simple premise: the lives of two elderly sisters are broken out decades of routine by the arrival of a stranger. There have been many stories of this sort across centuries of literature. However, to think that you will be getting a twice told tale, when picking up this novel, would be wrong. In the hands of Ms Buck while the premise maybe simple the execution and the exquisite layering of nuance and import, in the development of the character and meaning, is anything but.

As the narrative develops, Ms Buck takes us back and forth across seemingly well trod ground, only to show that what the eponymous Sisters and we the readers have taken as reality, turns out to be a tapestry of fictions, half truths and self taught lies.

With an almost forensic delight in the exploration of pertinent details, we are given the opportunity to explore past moments, where the discontinuity between what the Sisters tell themselves, each other and us becomes ever more apparent. And therein lies the heart of this novel: the difference between truth and the desire to believe an easier and more comfortable lie.

In layer after successive layer we are drawn away from comfort and into truth. Truth can, often is, painful, but that is its power and the power that drives Devoted Sisters and by which it earns the right to the consequence of tell these truths.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant and thought provoking read 25 May 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I First read Abiding evil and totally enjoyed it so I then moved onto devoted sisters, its is so different to other books I have read but I was hooked from the first word. I can bet that the story line is some peoples worst nightmare (two elderly sisters living together one more able then the other).
Devoted sisters is fantastic its the way that Alison tells the story from both sisters points of view, the story twists and turns and then the end sneaks up on you and I for one could not see it coming a mile away like the endings of most books I have read.

All in all Alison has out done her self again and I can not wait for her next book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Devoted sisters 15 Mar. 2012
By margo b
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I read this book, but have not read any others by this author. It is dark, psychological and hard to follow at times. For me it did not live up to the hype. It is not a page turner and the ending is strange.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars slightly disturbing but entertaining
Well written and described though a bit sad, what would happen if you never married and just lived with your sister, locked away in your own worlds.... still a very good book.
Published on 9 April 2013 by LUCY B
2.0 out of 5 stars ZZzzzzzzzzzz......
Sorry, so boring I couldn't finish it. Started off all right, but.......I realized I didn't really care anymore about what happened to the sisters.
Published on 12 Dec. 2012 by Linda Symonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable
How often do you read a book and forget most of the characters. With this book you won't. The Devoted Sisters are so well described and believable that they almost feel like... Read more
Published on 16 Nov. 2011 by Tigger's Mum
2.0 out of 5 stars Sisters bound together
This book didn't live up to my expectations. It is about two elderly sisters Lizzie and May. Lizzie is trying to fulfil her promise to her dead mother to look after May who has... Read more
Published on 25 July 2011 by C. Bannister
1.0 out of 5 stars Silly Ending
Same tedious conversations all the way through this book,and never once any sign that the sisters saw each other as anythig else as themselves,ridiculous.
Published on 20 Jun. 2011 by keepsmiling
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of insight
I enjoyed this book immensely as it gives a fascinating insight into the fears a lot of older people have when they are isolated from the community and have no other family to turn... Read more
Published on 13 Jun. 2011 by C. Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I was really disappointed with this book. I read another of Alison Buck's books and thought it was absolutely fantastic, which is why I purchased this one. Read more
Published on 7 Jun. 2011 by A. Lucas
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to the hype
Reading this book was a little like Groundhog Day - the same conversations time after time, the same petty squabbles reiterated, the same resentments described endlessly. Read more
Published on 7 Jun. 2011 by Nutmegsmum
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