Trigger warning: References to rape
So this was just okay to me. I think the biggest reason why I couldn’t give it more than 3 stars was that the whole big just got so bogged down in the Russia plot, the sister dealing with a serial killer case (yep) and then the heroine’s constant repetitions to herself to keep a secret that I just didn’t care in the end about any of the characters after a while. There were some bright spots, but a couple of things that happened stuck in my craw (the outing of two men via video was gross to me and it being hailed as great was not okay) and I just felt myself getting annoyed. Also too many of the characters in this book sounded similar to previous Lamb characters in “Such a Pretty Face” and “If You Could See What I See”. I read this immediately after “My Very Best Friend” and felt let down.
“The Language of Sisters” follows Toni Kozlovsky. She and her family immigrated from Germany after escaping from Russia decades earlier. Toni is a crime reporter and has two sisters, Valerie and Ellie. Valerie is a prosecutor and Ellie designs pillows that are sought after. We find out that Valerie is happily married with two children. Ellie is newly engaged to a man that her family finds wanting. And Toni is dealing with a devastating loss. When Toni realizes she can’t keep up with writing about crime, she seeks to get a job at a new magazine that will take about people’s homes. While dealing with this Toni is fighting to not get into a relationship with one of her neighbors while also remembering her family’s past in Russia and the secret she was told to keep by her parents.
Not too much to say here except I found Toni lackluster. Her romance with Nick also sucked. There was nothing there to grab onto. We hear how great he is, but since Lamb only references them sleeping together and him discussing books in a general way with her, I had nothing else to go on. The men in most of Lamb’s books tend to not be very developed, and Nick was not. We also have the whole thing with Toni and her sisters able to “talk” to each other in their heads. Toni needed a lot of hand holding and help and I get that with her past everyone was trying, but I thought she needed therapy.
We have the usual eccentric characters in this one though they are all Toni’s neighbors on the dock where she lives on her tugboat. And of course her family. I was able to keep the family straight for the most part. Though the twin sisters and them being hyper sexual got old quick. Same with Ellie and her need to breathe in a bag and talk to herself and her heart like a character that did something similar in “Such a Pretty Face.”
The writing was okay, but the story took way too long to be told. The parts going back and forth to her family in Russia took forever to get to and then I was just bored after a while. It takes a while to get to Toni’s father and grandfather being taken away and then what befalls the family after that.
The setting of Oregon was good, we have references to places or people from her other books that was nice to read about.
The ending was kind of ridiculous (sorry) with the whole serial killer case and the fallout from that. And I thought the trip back to Russia didn’t seem quite realistic either, but what do I know, I have never traveled there.