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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller
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...
Published on 16 July 1999

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stereotype alert
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent thriller, 16 July 1999
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This review is from: Dark Sister (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
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating tale of Witchcraft and it's deadly aftermath, 25 Jun. 2000
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stereotype alert, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite, 5 Mar. 2013
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I haven't read it on kindle yet, but have an old batter copy for eons ago. A simple story with a lot going in, but never feels unrealistic. I love this book so much. For me it have been a keeper for years and is a book I read over and over again.

The herb lore and magic throughout gives you the impression that it have been well researched and feels genuine.

Don't hesitate, buy today.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Sister is excellent!, 26 Oct. 2007
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended ghost story, 13 Oct. 2014
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This is a gripping atmospheric thriller involving possession and all sorts of nasty threats to children. Te storytok some surprising turns interms of some f the relationships .all in all a good fast paced read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pale Grey Sister, 4 Dec. 2014
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Not the best written book but the story/theme interested me. The book flowed well and I warmed to Maggie quickly but it gets far-fetched and a bit silly 3/4 of the way into the book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars well written by a much loved, and now missed, 15 May 2015
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This was a re purchase of a book I read years ago then lost somehow. A marvelously disturbing read, well written by a much loved, and now missed, author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reading, 28 Jan. 2013
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Loved loved loved this a must buy, not very scary but a great read!
Thus was recommended and is now a firm favourite
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