Arc Review - The Grey Sisters


Title: The Grey Sisters

Author: Jo Treggiari

Genre: YA Thriller

Publisher: Penguin Teen (Penguin Random House)

Publication Date: September 24, 2019

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Source: NetGalley

Rating: ★★★★★


Brief Synopsis: D and Spider have always been close friends, and they are further united in their shared heartbreak: they both lost siblings in a horrific plane crash two years earlier. A chance sighting of a beloved cuddly toy in a photograph of the only survivor spurs D to finally seek closure. She and Spider and their friend, Min, set off on a road trip to the mountainside site of that terrible crash.

Ariel has lived on the mountain all her life. She and her extended family are looked down upon by neighboring townsfolk and she has learned to live by her wits, trusting few people outside of her isolated, survivalist community. A terrifying attack sends her down the mountain for help; on her way, she comes upon the three girls -- a chance encounter that will have far-reaching consequences for them all.

My Thoughts (May Include Some Spoilers): The Grey Sisters is the a very captivating thriller. I’ve been on a bit of a book funk and Jo Treggiari pulled me right out! The first chapter was absolutely intense and drew me right into this thriller. She has a way of making you care about a lot of the characters as well as keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole book.

The book opens with the two siblings, Kat and Jonathan, during their terrifying plane crash. Then, we are sent two years into the future, where we learn how D and Spider are dealing with the loss of their siblings. When Min shows D and Spider a photo of the only survivor with Kat’s stuffed animal, they decide to go to the crash site for closure. On a different timeline, we are getting to know Ariel, a young girl growing up in a cult, where some of the girls are made into soldiers. Her Big Daddy is the leader and is preparing them for a war he “knows” is coming. Ariel is the perfect soldier. She only cares about her mission and the boy she likes, Aaron. These two timelines eventually cross which makes characters change, make choices and fight to survive.

My favorite characters are Min and Ariel. Min has such a calming personality and is the glue that keeps the trio together. Ariel is such a strong girl who also cares so much and has the ability to learn, adapt and change. This book does leaves some questions unanswered. I know some readers don’t like this. For me, I found it was fun to discuss and guess what the answers are.

I can’t see any future. I don’t know who I am. Sometimes I have to lie down because it’s all so overwhelming I can’t make sense of it, and then I begin to dissolve.
— D

Items You Need While Reading:

Umbrella - It rains a lot in the Mountains. I chose this cute bookish umbrella from TeeAmazing because who doesn’t love book themed things?!

Pocket Knife - It came in really handy for Min. I found this gold, key necklace pocket knife from CouthAndNail on Etsy. It’s fashionable & useful!

Childhood Stuffed Animal - It’s what started this whole Journey for D, Spider & Min. This is my childhood stuffed animal, Sebastian.


My Notes While Reading This Book:

That plane crash was scary and intense!

ooooo I am getting HEATED!

I want to be as strong as Ariel and as smart at Min.

I got use to loving this dead girl. It was so beautiful and so tragic.
— Spider

Thanks for checking out my thoughts on The Grey Sisters by Jo Treggiari!

xx Samantha