Book Review: My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Book: My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier – published by Allen & Unwin, kindle edition, 375 pages.

Synopsis: ‘I promise,’ said Rosa. ‘I won’t kill and I won’t make anyone else kill.’

I can’t see the loophole. Since the guinea pig there’s been nothing. Months now without Rosa killing as much as a mosquito

As far as I know.

Che Taylor has four items on his list: 1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym. 2. He wants a girlfriend. 3. He wants to go home. 4. He wants to keep Rosa under control.

Che’s little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che’s convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn’t hurt anyone yet, but he’s certain it’s just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games. Can he protect Rosa from the world – and the world from Rosa?

My thoughts: I’d heard very little about this book before picking it up, except for the basic synopsis. A story about a child psychopath? Yes please! This book turned out to be quite different from what I’d expected, but was still an enjoyable read. I think I was expecting more of a thriller element to the story, and although there were some creepy moments and an underlying current of something not quite right, it wasn’t as shocking as I’d thought it would be.

I loved a lot of things about this book. In particular I loved the diversity of characters, and how naturally they all fit into the story and added a richness to it in their own way. I loved the aspects of psychology that flowed through the book, although I would have liked more of a focus on this I can understand why it wasn’t fleshed out as much as I would have liked. It was particularly interesting for me to read a book with Australian characters, which for some reason is not something I do very often. I really should do something about that. I had to laugh to myself when phrases like ‘tracky dacks’ came up, because I feel like a lot of people probably would have scratched their heads over that.

All in all I really enjoyed this book, I found myself getting swept into the story whenever I would pick it up.

Rating: 6/10

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