Summary (from the publisher):
Time changes things.
That painful fact of life couldn’t be truer for the Sullivan sisters. Once, they used to be close, sharing secrets inside homemade blanket castles. Now, life in the Sullivan house means closed doors and secrets left untold.
Fourteen-year-old Murphy, an aspiring magician, is shocked by the death of Siegfried, her pet turtle. Seventeen-year-old Claire is bound for better things than her Oregonian hometown—until she receives a crushing rejection from her dream college. And eighteen-year-old Eileen is nursing a growing addiction in the wake of life-altering news.
Then, days before Christmas, a letter arrives, informing the sisters of a dead uncle and an inheritance they knew nothing about. The news forces them to band together in the face of a sinister family mystery…and, possibly, murder.
My Rating: 2.5/5 Stars
I’m always on the hunt for books starring sisters, which led me to Kathryn Ormsbee’s latest book, The Sullivan Sisters. I really enjoyed Kathryn Ormsbee’s Tash Hearts Tolstoy back in 2017, so I was excited to pick up another book of her’s. The Sullivan Sisters follows sisters Eileen, Claire, & Murphy. The three had a tight-knit relationship when they were younger – which included setting up a blanket & pillow fort during Christmas while their mom was at work- but family circumstances have led them to fall apart over the years. When the sisters receive a letter about an inheritance from an unknown uncle, the three travel to the house left in their name while discovering some family secrets.
Although the murder mystery is central to the plot, The Sullivan Sisters is much more of a character driven story than mystery.