Talk about dysfunctional family and mystery melding into one thrilling page-turner then you really must pick up LULLABY FOR MY SISTER. One hears about atrocities like this but in our society, one assumes the bad step-mother would be more like the one found in Cinderella.
Since the death of their mother Valentina Mancino, age 9, had been her little sister Lucy’s protector and guardian since her father had taken to drink and left all responsibility on Valentina’s small shoulders. Fifteen years later Valentina has achieved her goals of a rising career. Valentina still watches over Lucy, who has issues and no goals in life.
In an attempt to help Lucy become a bit more self-sufficient Valentina hires a carpenter to remodel their childhood home into a profitable multi-family whereby Lucy could live off of the income, or at best sell the property and get a great price due to it’s location.
When the remodeling began, Valentina comes across an old suitcase containing a blood- stained childs dress leading to a trail of secrets that will have the reader pretty much shocked with the twists that come up once the secrets are exposed.
Written in flashback mode one can follow the story and get some idea of the horrors Valentina lived through during her childhood all the while doing her best to protect her little sister. All in all this was a deeply moving story, with a final twist that I never saw coming.