Blood Sisters

Berkley. Oct. 2023. 384p. ISBN 9780593550113. $27. M
Syd Walker is an archeologist for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, working on Narragansett land in Rhode Island, trying to protect the land’s Indigenous past. But she can’t leave behind her own past in Oklahoma and the night 15 years earlier that scarred her. She still feels as if she failed to protect her friend and sister from two men in devil masks who showed up to kill her friend Luna and her parents. Now Syd is called home to Oklahoma, away from her marriage and life with her wife. A skull has been found in a tree, and Syd’s sister Emma Lou has disappeared. The last time Syd saw her, she was on drugs. Now Syd is afraid that she’s another Indigenous woman who has gone missing. Angry and scared, Syd is on a one-person crusade to find her sister, but there are powerful forces in the small community who don’t want Syd to succeed.
VERDICT The author of Little Voices combines Cherokee history and legend with contemporary drug and land problems in a gripping story of missing Indigenous women. Readers looking for LGBTQIA+ and Two-Spirit characters will hope for more about Syd Walker.
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