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Hardback 192 Pages / Published: 13/08/2020
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Waterstones Says

A uniquely disturbing novel from the author of Everything Under, Sisters explores the dark side of sibling devotion, striking a fine balance between character study and psychological horror.

The electrifying new novel from the Booker-shortlisted author of Everything Under

After a serious case of school bullying becomes too much to bear, sisters July and September move across the country with their mother to a long-abandoned family home.

In their new and unsettling surroundings, July finds that the deep bond she has always had with September - a closeness that not even their mother is allowed to penetrate - is starting to change in ways she cannot entirely understand.

Inside the house the tension among the three women builds, while outside the sisters meet a boy who tests the limits of their shared experiences.

With its roots in psychological horror, Sisters is a taut, powerful and deeply moving account of sibling love that cements Daisy Johnson's place as one of the most inventive and exciting young writers at work today.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787331624
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 316 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 144 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A short, sharp explosion of a gothic thriller whose tension ratchets up and up to an ending of extraordinary lyricism and virtuosity. * Observer *Fiction to Look Out for in 2020* *
A haunting, emotionally acute novel with a terrific twist. -- Claire Allfree * Daily Mail *Christmas Fiction* *
[A] gothic masterpiece... You can't stop reading... This taut, lyrical firecracker of a book crescendos into an emotional ambush of a climax, which...confirms Johnson as a profoundly inventive and masterful storyteller. -- Gwendolyn Smith * i *
A tour-de-force... Johnson's prose seduces us with the promise of comfort and then yanks that comfort away. -- Erica Wagner * Guardian *Book of the Day* *
Exhilarating... A masterful follow up to her debut, Johnson's novel is quietly terrifying and certainly an apt read for 2020. * Evening Standard *
Daisy Johnson is the demon offspring of Shirley Jackson and Stephen King... Readers will find many pieces of treasure buried here... Terrifically well-crafted, psychologically complex and chillingly twisted. -- Alex Preston * Observer *
A second novel that should see [Johnson] consolidate her grip on power... A book less likely to chew you up than screw you up. * The Times *
A short, sharp shock of a book... Johnson's lyrical prose and knack for conjuring unsettling moments makes for an impressive read. Sisters will, I suspect, be a big hit. * Spectator *
The creeping, physical menace that made Johnson's debut so memorable commands this book, too... It makes an immediate impression -- there's a weight to it which doesn't shift when you put it down. -- Francesca Carington * Sunday Telegraph, *Novel of the Week* *
A dark, slippery, psychological, gothic horror tale...with a rhythmic, visceral energy. * Sunday Times *
The stories Daisy Johnson tells are at once heart-rending and hair-raising. Her prose is elegantly emotional; her plotting would make Shirley Jackson, a master of upmarket horror, proud. Sisters, her second novel, is a gripping, if nightmare-inducing, tale. * Economist *
[Johnson] can pace a narrative as scarily and surprisingly as any airport thriller-writer; she can also write like an angel, evoking sights and smells, changes in the weather, the landscape inside your head... I guarantee that once you start this novella, the world will be dead to you until it is finished. And when it is finished, the world will have changed. * The Tablet *
Daisy Johnson's extraordinary second novel, Sisters, a short, sharp virtuoso tale of literary horror with a stop-you-in-your-tracks ending that casts the entire novel in a different light. -- Alice O'Keeffe * Bookseller *
An uncanny, Gothic tale... Deeply unnerving and unnervingly prescient. -- Olivia Marks * Vogue *
Johnson uses words like some artists use paint, saturating her sentences with images and sensations in ways that lend a delirious, sensorial quality to her writing, yet which can also have an enervating impact on the actual plot. But just when you wonder where this hallucinatory novel is going, Johnson beautifully wrong-foots you with a shivery denouement that makes the ghosts in her story all too real. -- Claire Allfree * Irish Daily Mail *

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Amalia Gkavea

“How fortunate and grateful we must feel for Daisy Johnson's presence in the literary world...”

''My sister is a black hole.


My sister is a tornado.

My sister is the end of the line my sister is the locked door

my sister is a shot in the dark.

My sister is waiting for me.

My sister is a falling... More

Hardback edition
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Big Bearded Bookseller

“Hauntingly brilliant”

Just having finished Fen I was delighted to see that Sisters was up for request on NetGalley.

I loved Daisy Johnson's writing style in Fen, the giver of secrets and revealer of ancient mythologies. This... More

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rhythmpantherxo

“Phenomenal!”

I was gifted this title by the publisher for an honest review.

Sisters September and July, along with their mother Sheela have moved to Settle House near the cost of the North York Moors, following an incident in... More

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