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The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer

The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer. Pub. Scholastic Press, 2010.

In the opening line of this mystery novel Abby Goodwin reveals “I have always been the one to protect my sister”. And she does, to lengths that very few people would go to, but why?

While out walking her dog Abby discovers the body of Jefferson Andrews at the bottom of a ravine with a large gash across his head, and her sister Maya’s cell phone a few meters away from the body.

Maya has been a difficult child to her parents and a bad sister to Abby. She is destructive socially, has behavioural problems with school and authority, is a compulsive liar,  disappears for days on end and is a known drug taker. She also had Jefferson Andrews as a tutor and was clearly obsessed with him.

It doesn’t look good for Maya but with a sister like Abby on her side, anything is likely.

Abby narrates this story over a one week period, as she chronicles the death, reactions to it and she investigates the circumstances to try and clear her sister.

It throws up a lot of what American High school culture is about particularly of troubled children and those that prey on them but essentially it is about sisterhood and all that that subject brings to the table.

One of the things that shocked someone like me was that as soon as Jefferson’s death was announced his social web site was inundated with messages as if he was still alive. Modern technology can be so instant and heartless at the same time.

I enjoyed this mystery, the ending is brilliant, and for those followers of the CSI type shows on TV, this is what not to do or maybe it is what you should do?

High school students will enjoy this book. I did and I am going to read Eliot Schrefer’s other books. You will want to too.

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