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How the One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House, by Cherie Jones

jasminenicholson2001's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5
This book was well written and showed the abuse of women really well however it was a very bleak story and does wear you down as you read it. The plot and characters were well done and I did enjoy it, it just is a lot.

bookwormandtheatremouse's review

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challenging dark emotional sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.0


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ihoness's review

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3.75

this is a pretty heavy and gory read so i would not recommend if anyone is just looking for a lil light-hearted mystery BUT saying that this book is pretty addictive because once i got through about 100 pages it was so easy to just keep going and keep going :)

danirayne's review

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dark emotional tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5


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bibbo's review

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4.0

Very well written debut. Although not gratuitous, the violence and tragedy is unrelenting making this a harder novel to make a blanket endorsement for. With that caveat, this is definitely an author to watch. 4 stars.

emhogg1's review

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3.0

TW: domestic abuse, sexual assault/abuse

I really enjoyed this book! A very interesting story line. Great characters. I really liked how the past tied so well into the current events.

Lala’s grandmother, Wilma, shares the story of “How The One Armed Sister Sweeps Her House”, you know it’s foreshadowing something similar is going to happen in Lala’s story.

Lala long past living by her Grandmother’s rules is living in Baxter Beach with her husband, Adan, who is a petty criminal. Lala knows Adan doesn’t make an honest living but never knew to what extent until she witnesses his latest crime. What was intended to be a simple robbery turns into a murder when Lala unintentionally interrupts the process when she rings the bell at the very home Adan had targeted. The events following the murder involve Lala giving birth alone because Adan is hiding out. The truth gnaws at Lala. While Adan is home visiting, the baby is dropped and ultimately killed. Lala is devastated and Adan is more concerned about the heat it would bring to him. Again, he goes into hiding after planning a fake kidnapping of the baby.

Yet again, Lala is in disbelief of the man that’s in front of her. Adan is short tempered and restless. Lala is the one who gets the brunt of his short temperedness in awfully violent ways.

Lala’s friend from the past, which was a good friend of Adan’s, witnesses what Adan has been doing to Lala. He gives her the courage to leave, and to go far away. Escape the lies, and abuse.

ndeli's review against another edition

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3.0

3.5 - rtc

thank you to libro.fm for the advance listeners copy!

infiinitepie's review

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adventurous dark emotional tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5


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terrijane's review against another edition

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4.0

How The One-Armed Sister Sweeps Her House takes its title from a cautionary tale told by a grandmother to her granddaughter, to keep her in check. The granddaughter is Lala, who we next see married, pregnant, and definitely not having listened to the story's warning.

Lala goes into labour in the middle of the night, and wakes to find herself alone in the house she shares with her husband. Panicked, she goes outside to find him, and interrupts something she shouldn't. Aden is in one of the big beachfront houses, dressed in black, carrying a gun. The next day, Lala returns home amid news of the murder of a wealthy tourist, and soon she has grief of her own to contend with. 

HTOASSHH is pacy and engaging, with Lala's past weaving through the novel to bring us to her present.

kbc's review

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challenging dark emotional sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.75