Fifteen-year-old twins Madeline and Catlin move to a new life in Ballyfran, a strange isolated town, a place where, for the last sixty years, teenage girls have gone missing in the surrounding mountains.
As distance grows between the twins – as Catlin falls in love, and Madeline begins to understand her own nascent witchcraft – Madeline discovers that Ballyfrann is a place full of predators. Not only foxes, owls and crows, but also supernatural beings who for many generations have congregated here to escape persecution. When Catlin falls into the gravest danger of all, Madeline must ask herself who she really is, and who she wants to be – or rather, who she might have to become to save her sister.
Dark and otherworldly, this is an enthralling story about the bond between sisters and the sacrifices we make for those we care about the most.
How did I get the book? Received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Genre: Fantasy / Paranormal
Review: Perfectly Preventable Deaths promises gorgeous enticing imagery with it’s cover and blurb and in many ways it delivers. The writing is very different from a lot of books I’ve read this year and I enjoyed the how Deirdre Sullivan took the time to build the story instead of rushing in.
Twins Madeline and Catlin have moved to isolated town after their mother has married Brian, a wealthy man who has more secrets than expected. They live in a castle, Brian’s influence of the residents of the town is felt and both girls are isolated in their own way.
Told from Maddy’s perspective we follow the girls as Maddy is increasingly pulled to the magic of her surroundings. Meanwhile her sister falls deeply in love. A love that has Maddy concerned. Just as the environment around her isn’t what it seems, neither is Lon. The young man who now holds her sisters heart.
The final chapters left me with mixed feelings. Two wrongs don’t make a right to me, but the build up until then is enticing.
Reviewed by Luna