The Conjoined by Jen Sookfong Lee
Publisher: ECW Press
Publication Date: September 13, 2016
Review Source: ECW Press ARC
Jen Sookfong Lee’s most recent publication, The Conjoined, is a great read that delivers suspense, emotion, and even humour in an otherwise dark and mysterious setting. Every day this book was on my mind and I couldn’t wait for my commute or the end of the day to sit down and delve further into the story.
After stumbling on two dead bodies in her late mother’s deep freezer, Jessica loses touch with herself. She questions who she thought her mother was, her relationship, and her career. Family secrets abound, love interests clash, and Jessica’s identity shatters as she tries to uncover the truth about the lives and deaths of the sisters Casey and Jamie.
Lee has a knack for drawing believable characters and evoking sympathy for the “bad guys.” The one thing I found disappointing was that the biggest mystery of the story was not resolved. It made the ending feel abrupt and so I found it to be a bit lackluster. Had I gone into the story recognizing it to be more of a literary drama I think I would have been more satisfied with the ending.
Overall, I really enjoyed The Conjoined and I definitely recommend it to others, especially if you are a fan of family drama. Readers from Vancouver will also delight in Lee’s depiction of the city. 3 stars!