A young writer is brutally attacked in her home and left for dead. For her sister Nina Bergmann, it’s the beginning of a nightmare that will threaten to destroy her marriage, her job and ultimately her life. As she sets out to unravel the truth about what really happened to her sister, Nina comes face-to-face with inner demons she believed long since banished and discovers that her sister’s past and that of the once-divided city are intertwined in unimaginable ways. The Wall may be gone, but its legacy still haunts Berlin . . .
Hello there, welcome to my blog on the day of my review for Sisters Of Berlin by Juliet Conlin! Thank-you Kelly for the invite to the Love Books Tour, as well as the publishers for providing me with a copy of the book to review. I read this book in under 24 hours and absolutely loved it, I hope that you will too! Sisters of Berlin was published by Black and White Publishing on the 16th of April this year and you can purchase yourself a copy here!
Usually I read a book for a tour a month before my date but I could not wait to delve into the pages of Sisters Of Berlin, with its eye catching cover, a blurb nodding to the haunting legacy of the Berlin Wall and promises of secrets, it called out to me and I just couldn’t take it anymore. So I read it and as soon as I turned the last page I had to inhale a breath and got on to the review straight away – THAT is how great this book is.
Sisters Of Berlin is about that exactly, after a tragedy that involves Nina’s sister Marie, Nina’s world it turned on its axis – she has become a shell of herself, not knowing how to express herself to or how. It echoes the tight bond of siblings, as well as the depth of betrayal when secrets from the past begin to immerge and Nina feels like her life has begun spirling out of control. This was my first Juliet Conlin read and I was blown away at her careful consideration when creating her characters, how she created a protagonist who is struggling with her day to day life after such a traumatic event, as well as the impact it has on her relationships with other family members, as well as the impact to her both emotionally and physically. This created an identifiable character, embedded within a, I felt, thriller-esque mystery where the person responsible for the attack of Marie was unknown and finding them would allow the family to heal again as a whole.
The injection of excerpts from Nina’s past with her sister allowed another layer of the storyline, one which added to the sisterly bond affect while also adding to the empathetic feel of the novel. I also enjoyed the inclusion of Berlin’s history to the storytelling, although it wasn’t as much intertwining of the legacy of The Berlin Wall, there was certainly a ring of the haunting of its existence – especially as the 30th anniversary of it being demolished is approaching. Saying that, I was quite dissapointed in myself for not actually being aware of the important and necessary history concerning the walls construction, I plan on rectifying that. Sisters of Berlin is a tantalizing, beautifully written story of a unified city, that still posses a speckle of darkness, mixed with a family struggling to push past the secrets of the past bubbling to the surface.
I thoroughly enjoyed Sisters of Berlin, I devoured the well crafted chapters, it was a book that I need to tug me away from the slump cliff. As you’ve already guessed, I highly rate and recommend this one! Make sure to check out all the reviews from bloggers on the tour using #SistersOfBerlin on both Twitter and Instagram.
About the Author
Juliet Conlin was born in London and grew up in England and Germany. She has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Durham. She works as a writer and translator and lives with her family in Berlin. Her novels include The Fractured Man (Cargo, 2013), The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days (Black & White, 2017), The Lives Before Us (Black & White, 2019).
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