My Half-Sister's Half-Sister

Young Adult - Social Issues
169 Pages
Reviewed on 11/02/2021
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Reviewed by Natalie Soine for Readers' Favorite

My Half-Sister’s Half-Sister by Samantha Henthorn tells the story of Pippa, her sister Heather, and Heather’s half-sister Sadie. Pippa lives in a flat above The Peacock pub in Pendle, Lancashire, which is owned by her mother, Jacquetta. Heather marries Rhys and together they have four children. Pippa receives a surprise visit from Sadie. Pippa’s boyfriend Ben is a bit too friendly with Pippa’s ex-friend Cassandra, whose husband works away from home. Pippa’s annoying colleague Karen and boss Mr. Bland notice that she has overdue leave, so Pippa stays at home for two weeks and Sadie helps her to get over the break-up with Ben. When Pippa receives a kitten, she names it India after Sadie’s late mother as Pippa has a secret about India’s passing. Pippa has the skill to observe and assess people’s true emotions and feelings and respond appropriately, maintaining her relationships and keeping the peace. Pippa is surprised to wake up in a hospital where nurses Diana and Jane assist her while Dr. Kershaw diagnoses Pippa with an ailment that can’t be possible. Pippa will be assessed by Dr. Carnegie, the consultant psychiatrist, and Dr. Schofield, the clinical psychologist. Nobody is more surprised than Pippa to discover her diagnosis.

This is one of the most unique and interesting stories out there. My Half-Sister’s Half-Sister is superbly written, smooth flowing, quick, and easy to read. The variety of fascinating characters - Pippa, Sadie, Heather, and Jacquetta - makes the story so captivating. Their individual personalities are well defined and Samantha Henthorn captures their intertwined relationships so perfectly that they come alive in the story. The scenes and locations are realistic and vividly described. The Peacock pub becomes a place where everybody knows your name. I especially loved the humor and parts which relate to songs and films. I learned that sharing our thoughts could land us in an asylum, or prison, and always remember that “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not whispering about you.” Overall, a fantastic novel highly recommended to adults and teenagers.