Review: The Grey Sisters

Treggiari’s latest teen thriller weaves multiple storylines together into a single propulsive narrative.

The Grey Sisters
Jo Treggiari
Penguin Teen Canada
(Age 12 – 16)

Two years have passed since the devastating plane crash that claimed the lives of D’s twin sister, Kat, and Spider’s brother, Jonathan. The two families have been longtime friends and now both girls are still struggling to cope with their grief, each in their own way. When D decides to make a pilgrimage up the mountain to the site of the plane crash, she convinces Spider and their friend Min to join her. Then Min goes missing.

Ariel has spent her whole life in a commune on the mountain where Big Daddy has taught them all to survive. As one of Big Daddy’s soldiers, she and her sisters compete for his approval as they strive to be ready for the war that he says is coming. But then Aaron gets seriously hurt and Ariel knows that he needs medical attention.  

When Big Daddy sends Ariel and her sisters to get rid of D and her companions, they all eventually realize that they each might be able to help the other. Until other forces that have been set in motion threaten to destroy them all.

Treggiari’s latest teen thriller weaves multiple storylines together into a single propulsive narrative. Told from multiple viewpoints, it is a multi-layered, carefully nuanced tale that explores the complexities of grief, how we define family and what it means to be brave and to be a true leader. Tension runs high throughout the story as unexpected revelations mount, and readers will enjoy the riveting plot, highly sympathetic characters and richly complex relationships.

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Lisa Doucet is the co-manager of Woozles Children’s Bookstore in Halifax. She shares her passion for children’s and young adult books as our young readers editor and book reviewer.

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