Confession Anyone?

Posted September 24, 2010 in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Confession Anyone?Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery / Suspence, Young Adult
Published by Scholastic on November 1, 2012
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Sullivan sisters have a big problem. On Christmas Day their rich and imperious grandmother gathers the family and announces that she will soon die . . .and has cut the entire family out of her will. Since she is the source of almost all their income, this means they will soon be penniless.

Someone in the family has offended her deeply. If that person comes forward with a confession of her (or his) crime, submitted in writing to her lawyer by New Year's Day, she will reinstate the family in her will. Or at least consider it.

And so the confessions begin....

Literary's Views

Everyone keeps secrets, it just how things are in the world. Now the details of the secret and how it effects those you are keeping it from and the power that comes with it is what makes secrets so irresistible. In the case of the Sullivan sister Norrie, Jane & Sassy they are suddenly force to spill each of their secrets when the very rich and very powerful grandmother, who by the way they call Almighty (LOL!), calls the family out for doing a horrible crime against her and if the guilty party don’t confess by New Years, then the whole family will be written out of the will. Now Almighty like I said is very rich and the Sullivan family is basically dependent on her and their inheritance so this is a really big deal to them. The girls parents thinks naturally, with justifiable cause, that out of their six children, wow SIX!! that the only possible offenders are the girls and so the story begins with us reading each of the girls confession letter to Almighty. Since reading the synopsis I was very interested to read this book because who could resist reading someones secret in a confession, real or not? And I wasn’t disappointed.

From the beginning my curiosity was peaked about who the real offender was and what secrets did the girls have that was so bad the their parents would automatically assume that it was one of them? I really enjoyed how I got to read and learn about each girls confession and through their confession see who they really were as person and the reasons for doing what they did. Though the story was split into three sections Standiford was still able to create a nice cohesive story that didn’t feel choppy or inconsistent.  What I liked was how each of the girls personality and thoughts were very different and even though they covered the same time frame the story didn’t feel repetitive but new in seeing it from a different perspective. Romance, humor, suspense, conspiracies, death and much more was cleverly woven into a story that left me shocked (in a good way) and wanting more. Standiford let us into the interesting, crazy world of the Sullivan family and I’m sure that reader will be as entertained as I was.

4 Stars

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