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.
In a stunning follow-up to her National Book Award–longlisted novel All the Wind in the World, Samantha Mabry weaves an aching, magical novel that is one part family drama, one part ghost story, and one part love story.
4 ½ stars
First I have a really bad sinus infection right now so i’m really hoping this review sounds okay.
I really loved this book. I loved how griping and dark and real this book was.
They had always been four, Ana and Jessica, Iridian, and Rosa until Ana dies. Leaving Jessica, Iridian and rosa broken by grief.
This story takes place a year after Ana’s death and is told by all three sisters POV along with the neighborhood boy’s POVs (which are my favorite parts). The ghost story that is weaved into it is haunting. It’s not a jump scare nothing super bad happens but it was Still fascinating, writing on the wall and hands in the bathroom , a scream little things that add up that might send goosebumps up your arm.
This story also deals with abuse both from a parent and from a lover and I really appreciate the way Samantha Mabry wrote both it sent chills up my spine and even if I wanted to look away I couldn’t (also coming from a abusive household it reminded me a lot about some of things that I had to deal with as a kid, If your coming from a similar back ground please be safe reading this).
I loved all three sisters. Each sister deals with their grief in different ways
Jessica- Who tries her best to become Ana, going as far as dating john Ana’s boyfriend and moving into her sisters old room. She’s a little obsessive and odd, wearing Ana’s old cloth and refusing to throw anything away from her sister.
Iridian- Who refuses to leave the house and spends her time re-reading the witching hour by anne rice and writing in her notebooks about love and the supernatural and curses. She’s the character I could most relate to and I loved her.
Rosa- who is the only sister who still goes to church. Who sits in the back yard trying to communicate to animals and wanders the neighborhood in search of a hyena that escaped the zoo.
Then there’s the girls good for nothing father, he drinks too much, he’s unreliable, he tries his best to control the girls. He really doesn’t know what they are doing behind his back. He not only lost his oldest daughter he also lost his wife to childbirth.
The book is written in such a way that the characters and their grief felt real.
Tigers, not daughters is character driven, haunting and I couldn’t put it down. I would highly recommend it.