Dear Sister: A Memoir of Secrets, Survival, and Unbreakable Bonds

Grand Central. Jan. 2024. 352p. ISBN 9781538757154. $30. MEMOIR
Abuse perpetuated over several years led Nikki Addimando to kill her partner in self-defense in 2017. It sent her and her family into a nightmarish spiral of pain, fear, and despair as they traversed and often fought the criminal justice system. Horton, Nikki’s sister, was a newly divorced single mother at the time. She soon became a full-time parental figure/caregiver to her sister’s two small children and the leader in the fight for justice for her sister and other domestic violence victims. In this raw, emotionally charged memoir that reads like a suspense novel, Horton takes readers through her discoveries of the systemic abuse her sister suffered since childhood, at the hands of several people. Horton recounts feeling helpless and anguished in not knowing the truth. The sisters’ loving bond shines through the pain in this book, bringing much needed light to an otherwise heavy story.
VERDICT An essential purchase. Through countless extensions of jail time without a bail hearing, changes in attorneys, depositions, and heartbreaking jail visits, this strong narrative points to the realities of the United States’ criminal justice system and how it can fail the most vulnerable.
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