wow. I cannot believe how good most of the books I've read lately have been! and this one could top a whole bunch of them--wonderful so far, so creepy, so perfect for Halloween month. I had read two books by this author, a long time ago, and they were okay, but Native Rites couldn't compete with Harvest Home, and his other one was a solid Police Procedural set in...Rome, I think? that tells you how much I remember...but this! Little Sister is perfect, up to page 104. these Timmer sisters, and their sinister new protector, Vera--obviously tied to some weird, manipulative shite--are pretty much guaranteed to mesmerize me over the next few days. exceeding my expectations, and may eclipse the last 20 reads, which would be a big deal!
I'm chuckling to myself a bit--didn't do it on purpose, but the opening gambit of this book has a lot of similarity to the set-up that launched Dear Daughter, the last Crime novel I read. hey, here we are again, with a woman released from incarceration after ten years, to take up her life, tell everyone she's gonna walk the straight and narrow...and then she goes off to poke about in whatever unfinished business is left over involving the murders she supposedly committed a decade ago. except here...it's two girls. twins. except...they're not twins. they were triplets. one is dead. the Timmers sisters were eleven years old when they got sent to a mental institution on an island not far from Amsterdam, for supposedly killing an apparently dastardly creep. and now they're out...with restrictions.
a little more chuckling: every time I read "the Timmers sisters", or "the Timmers", I I have to try not to think of the Tremor brothers, from Smokin' Aces. different animals. well..that remains to be seen, actually!
I sure don't see a problem finishing this 400+ page Crime novel before the Pietr the Latvian Buddy Read kicks in, way up on the 15th; heck, if things go like last time, I'll get done this a day early, and have to squeeze something short in, just before Simenon. If anyone wants to contemplate a Buddy Read just before the official Buddy Read, I would be reading a short old novel called The Night Watch, by Thomas Walsh, just ahead of Pietr--and never fear...if you found that novel at the library or got it some other way, and I didn't finish Little Sister in time to squeeze in The Night Watch, I wouldn't let you down! we would just read The Night Watch as a Buddy Read right after the official Buddy Read! no takers, that's fine too. meanwhile, all this off-topic chatter doesn't mean I'm not excited to finally cue up a David Hewson novel again, after many years. and this one sounds great!