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The Sister: A gripping crime, mystery and suspense thriller by [China, Max]
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CORNWALL, ENGLAND. In the summer of love, 1967, two children witness a murder. One, a seven-year-old boy, views it from fifty yards – the other, a young Irish girl, from miles away.

LONDON, 2006. With retirement looming, DCI John Kennedy reopens the only case he never solved: the disappearance of a young nurse, Kathy, twenty-three years earlier. A Crimewatch cold-case reconstruction follows, tracing Kathy’s last known movements. A new witness emerges, and Kennedy – finding himself on the trail of a serial killer – unwittingly sparks a sequence of events that lead him into ever-increasing danger.

As the investigation unfolds, it becomes apparent that the murderer is no ordinary adversary. Resourceful and cunning, it seems only the original witnesses from 1967 can stop him.
But they have yet to meet.

The Sister: more than a crime thriller.

What people are saying about The Sister:

‘A riveting novel by a master storyteller, China balances a cast of characters and crimes that all tie together neatly into a satisfying finish.’ Source: Successors to the Greats: The Top 50 Best Crime Writers To Watch in 2014 (Forensicoutreach.com)

‘Fabulously detailed character description and development of a number of interesting people. The heroes were all flawed to some extent, and the most vile criminal exhibited a strangely moral aspect to his personality. I find that far more interesting than clear-cut good guys vs. bad guys. Intriguing and captivating.’ Source USA Reviews.

‘A soulless serial killer threads his way through the lives of the characters relentlessly.’ Source USA reviews

‘Just read it with no expectations of ever having read another novel like it.’ Source: USA Reviews.

A must for readers who love mystery and crime, or non-linear thrillers with a paranormal flavour which keep you guessing until the end!

About the Author

Recently named as one of the Top 50 Best Crime Writers To Watch in 2014 by forensicoutreach.com, Max writes a thrilling and intriguing blend of crime, mystery and suspense, often with a supernatural flavour. He is currently working on his third full length novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4495 KB
  • Print Length: 501 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Skinnybirdproductions (Nov. 21 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GT6ZOHS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,109 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Lazemaple TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 16 2015
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I'm nearly finished it, have enjoyed the story with lots of twists and turns. I did find I got lost a few times when a previously introduced character was brought back into the story and I couldn't recall their context. This is NOT a usual problem for me. In one case did a search and found where the character was introduced... no where could I find that 'Stella' had worked for Miller until it was mentioned in the location I was stuck at... then it was mentioned again a few chapters later. The information didn't seem to follow in a logical fashion, This happened to me two or three times throughout the book which made it somewhat confusing, difficult to 'connect the dots' in spots due to all the flashbacks and jumping left and right.
Overall, its a good read well worth your time.
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The author has an amazing way with words. The book weaves through various story lines which twist and turn before converging. I love how Max China leaves enough unanswered questions to invite sequels and spin-off opportunities. I will watching for more.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9b9fa6fc) out of 5 stars 92 reviews
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HASH(0x9b91c108) out of 5 stars Well worth it! Jan. 8 2014
By Jes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a huge novel and not due to the author dragging it out or over-describing things. It's set over decades and all over the world. If I had to choose one genre for it, I would find it impossible. The characters' lives intertwine, twist and turn, drawing in how past experiences develop people and their futures. It's psychological, paranormal, historical, crime, mystery and more – all rolled into one big story.
It's very well written and, although it is a long book, the pace is perfect. It jumps back and forth in time and place with ease. The timing is spot on, as each part takes you somewhere else of relevance, but leaves you hanging to get back to the other parts of the story. Then it comes together and all makes sense.
There is so much more to this book than the title or the pitch suggest. You'll have to read it to believe me. I wouldn't know where to start with reviewing and writing about the storyline. It would be a book in itself.
Well worth your money.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b91c15c) out of 5 stars Longer than War and Peace, but nowhere near it in comparison May 7 2014
By AddictedToBooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I got halfway through the book, but I really had to force myself to get there. I don't usually give up so easily when reading a book, but this one had too many faults with it. I found the storyline too distracting. Too many plots, too many characters, too confusing. Heaps of typos (I can forgive a few, but not this many), too many missing words and grammatical errors, plus sentences that didn't make any sense. Far too distracting.

Has the potential to become a good novel if the manuscript goes through a structural edit (with a professional editor), and all typos, missing words, and sentences that don't make sense are fixed.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b91c594) out of 5 stars A Complex Tale of Paranormal Suspense May 26 2014
By Kerry L. Reis - Published on Amazon.com
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A sadistic, intelligent, evolving serial killer that makes effective use of boiler suits. A traumatized young boy who grows up to be a private investigator with a supernatural gift. A head constable who finds himself an unwilling blackmailed pawn to the killer's machinations. A reclusive psychic with a powerful black stone. A deadly secret cult seeking global power and control. With 500 pages and 156 chapters, Max China has woven an intense novel of paranormal suspense that requires a lot of patience from the reader. Swinging back and forth from detailed back stories, multiple major and minor character points-of-views and different story arcs through thirty years, this novel took a lot of note-taking and bookmarking from me to help follow the threads as they came together near the end. The author would have made the story easier to follow if he had grouped the chapters of the various story arcs into sections, giving the reader transition marks to sort out the grand story along the way.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b91c57c) out of 5 stars Complex multi-genre tome of a book. Worth considering if you can dedicate effort to the read. Feb. 5 2014
By Retired bear - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I may get some pushback from the 4 and 5 star reviewers. Yes, the author has crafted an in-depth multi-genre novel. I am amazed how well the story is woven through so many characters and so many years. The author is to be complimented for keeping it all straight.

However, the complexity of the story was also its' downfall for me. This is a complex novel that requires the reader to really concentrate on the who, what, where, and why. For a novel of such length, that is not easily done. This is not a read for awhile, put down, and pick up novel. You really need to keep at it and take your time recognizing that it is important to concentrate on the characters and storyline. That decreased the enjoyment for me.

If you are someone that can dedicate the time and energy to a well crafted tome, this may be a good endeavor for you. The ending wraps up all bits of the story except for the serial killer so there is the potential for a sequel.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b91ca38) out of 5 stars A Multi-Genre Tour de Force July 8 2016
By james garcia jr - Published on Amazon.com
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Sometimes I'm a terrible reader - racing through books, hunting for the meat & potatoes of it. Chasing that action! As a writer, you'd think I would do better; savor the written word and miss nothing. Not so! *slaps hand* So it was - especially as I came to realize how large this novel was - that I struggled to follow along. You see, true to his word the author didn't care to explain what was happening. It was the story, and you simply had to follow along. We see characters that seem to be major ones, only to watch them relegated to minor roles. We jump around. We follow subplots that seem major - to be the heart of the story, only to find they are not...and not always what they seem.
And then it happened. Somewhere about 52% of the novel I could no longer set it down. I had to, of course, but I found it difficult and could not wait to open it back up again. You know you've got something special when you stay up later and later before putting it away for the night. And then...gasp...I began stealing moments at work to read it. :)
This novel is a major achievement. It's the kind of book that if the author spent their entire life writing it and then wrote nothing else - it would be okay. Understandable even. How one person did something this...involved, this EPIC, is incredible to me.
In the beginning I complained to my wife that the book was long and I had no idea where it was going. In the end, I couldn't shut up about how brilliant it was. Do yourselves a favor and stay on the ride. Don't get off! There has never been another story like this one.