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review 2018-09-26 14:18
The Good Sister by Morgan Jones
The Good Sister - Chris Morgan Jones

This was a very topical novel that I read for the new release square. It was about a seventeen-year-old girl called Sofia, from London, who moves to Syria to further the Islamic cause. Her father follows her over in order to try and persuade her to come home. We therefore have a duel narrative.

 

Aside from what you might think in regards to a book with such a topical theme, I found it lacking in substance somewhat.

 

When we meet Sofia she’s very ardent in her belief of the cause and this got a bit repetitive. Every problem she encounters is a test and she twists every event to suit the Koran.

 

She marries almost as soon as she arrives in Syria and also works for a type of militia at the same time. She begins communicating with a girl via twitter, who is actually her father (this happens early on) and using the internet as a means to locate her. The people surrounding her are always called brother and sister (hence the title), but this is where any sense of community between them ends. The majority of her associates, even a man she marries, are distant, cold and often violent. They have clearly been ravaged by war, resulting in warped personalities. Sofia continues to rationalise every occurrence she doesn’t agree with until her father finds her. This was the part of the novel I struggled with the most. There was much anger from Sofia towards her father and I kept waiting for this to be expanded on. Eventually when the two of them were alone this issue of animosity was discussed, but it was light on detail and substance. What I really couldn’t get past was Sofia’s about turn soon after she saw her father. All past discretion's were seemingly forgotten and Sofia, someone who was ardent in her beliefs, dropped them very quickly in an effort to escape. I admit, there was a very good reason for her to do this, but it just felt too easy.

 

Sofia’s narrative and her fathers were interesting, if a little scant. There didn’t feel like a huge amount of depth to them. Events were interesting and there were a couple of occasions were I was shocked, but except for the fact that I learnt some new things, it wasn’t great. The characters lacked much depth and the ending was a little predictable.

 

I read this for the new release square.

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text 2018-09-11 15:49
Reading progress update: I've read 41%.
The Good Sister - Chris Morgan Jones

It's fascinating learning about the warped thought process that justifies Islamic fundamentalism.

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text 2018-09-10 20:21
Reading progress update: I've read 35%.
The Good Sister - Chris Morgan Jones

Something totally different for my next read. This is about a seventeen-year-old girl who's been radicalised and moved to Syria. Her father's trying to find her. The chapters alternate between her and him as he tries to track her down. I'm really enjoying reading something a bit different. The plot is exciting, the writing well done and the characters fascinating.

 

 

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review 2011-08-02 00:00
An Agent of Deceit - Chris Morgan Jones An intelligent - if at times somewhat unintelligible - thriller with very well-rounded characters. Loved the way that one of the main "baddies" was actually a very sympathetic character. However, the story was pretty poor and I read to the end less to find out what happened - very unsatisfying - than to find out what happened to the characters.
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