Sunday, January 15, 2012

Review: Blood Sisters by Deborah Sherwood

Well, fiends and fright fans, today I'm going to be taking a look at a little something from the Golden Age of horror novels, the late 80's and early 90's, when Zebra Books was King and their cover art was usually far superior to the stories behind them.  Blood Sisters by Deborah Sherwood is the tale of a group of popular girls who have to take the local, awkward, "ugly duckling" into their group.  While initiating her into their little clique she winds up dead.  Or does she?  Flash forward to their 20 year class reunion.  Life has been different, and harsh in some cases, for this little clique.  As the reunion goes on they begin to see their "old friend", and they struggle with trying to keep their dark secret a secret.

Blood Sisters is a fairly drawn out and contrived novel that plays out like a bad movie of the week from the 70's. The kind that were packed with has-been, fading, starlets and an equal amount of plot holes and directionless subplots. In a way I found this novel a little ahead of its time with a combination of things that would be done to better effect in the late 90's and early 2000's in films like I Know What You Did Last Summer, Jawbreaker and Mean Girls. Overall the story has a senseless resolution, and it makes the end of that occult/sci-fi movie of the week classic, Invitation To Hell look like Titanic.

I give Blood Sisters Two Stars, and think with a little more effort and direction Ms. Sherwood would have written a much more suspenseful and entertaining novel.

Master Vyle

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like the plot of the fairly forgettable movie "Sisters of Death" (1977) starring Claudia Jennings.