The Torres sisters dream of escape. Escape from their needy and despotic widowed father, and from their San Antonio neighborhood, full of old San Antonio families and all the traditions and expectations that go along with them. In the summer after her senior year of high school, Ana, the oldest sister, falls to her death from her bedroom window. A year later, her three younger sisters, Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa, are still consumed by grief and haunted by their sister’s memory. Their dream of leaving Southtown now seems out of reach. But then strange things start happening around the house: mysterious laughter, mysterious shadows, mysterious writing on the walls. The sisters begin to wonder if Ana really is haunting them, trying to send them a message—and what exactly she’s trying to say.
I wasn’t sure what this book was going to be like as it was my first audiobook review copy through libro.fm, and I had never read Samantha Mabry before. The premise sounded interesting and I am utter trash for Magical Realism, which this was classified as plus it was a ghost story so… double win!
It’s hard to write about this book because half of the time I did not understand what was going on. It was like a vivid fever dream that made some semblance of sense. The plot itself was rather straight forward but overall the structure and details often left me re-reading bits to ensure I read things right. I felt that parts of this book really dragged on and while I finished the last quarter rather quickly the middle took me ages to get through.
The writing and structure do make you feel really creeped out and evoke living through a real life haunting, in the end it just didn’t work for me. Luckily I rather enjoyed the story and especially the end as the 4 sisters overcome the abusive men in their lives. This is a great story of sisterly bond, and the grief each of them experiences in their own manner.
I give Tigers Not Daughters:
A Review Copy of this book was provided to me by the publishers in exchange for an honest review.
Tigers Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry was released 24 March 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers. You can purchase your own copy at Mighty Ape, Booktopia, Algonquin, or wherever you like to purchase books.