Sisterhood

Written by V. B. Grey
Review by Marilyn Sherlock

This story is about identical twin sisters, so alike that they could, and often did, exchange identities to fool friends and family, but in adulthood their lives are to take on quite different paths from each other. In 1944 Freya is a doctor in a London hospital while her sister, Shona, is recruited by the SOE. Changing identities becomes more than just a game. By 1989 Freya, now 68 years of age, is suffering from a brain tumour and is unable to speak, and Shona is long dead, but Freya has a daughter, Kirsty, with whom she is able to make contact. Watching television, she sees the Germans destroying the Berlin Wall, which awakens memories. A knock on the door brings in a Polish man, Tomasz Dolniak, who has with him an old photograph of Shona with his mother. So, what is this all about?

Step by step the story is unraveled, one of wartime exploits, the discovery of the new drug, penicillin, and the resistance of the Poles against the German Nazis. The characterisation is excellent, it is well written, and the reader is soon drawn in. It is described in the publication information as a thrilling novel of psychological suspense, and it is certainly thrilling. I am not a lover of horror or psychological stories and opened this book wondering whether I would be able to finish it, but finish it I did, and was sorry when I came to the last pages. How does it all end? That I leave for the reader to find out.