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Discussion Questions

The Sister Effect

Note: These questions contain spoilers about the story, so we recommend that you wait until after you’ve finished the book to read the questions.

1. How did your feelings about the characters evolve as you read the book?

2. In your opinion, does the title THE SISTER EFFECT fit the story? Why or why not?

3. How would you react if someone you loved showed up on your doorstep one day and asked you to raise their child?

4. What lesson do you think Finley had to learn in order to live peacefully?

5. How did Lester’s and Molly’s behavior when Finley and Sloane were kids affect their behavior and emotions today? How did they impact the way Finley is raising Aubrey?

6. When Molly threw a family party, she insisted on margaritas. Do you think that was the right decision? Why or why not?

7. How did you feel when Sloane slipped on her one-year anniversary? And when she slipped again after Ellis’ injury?

8. Discuss Jericho’s storyline. Why do you think he agreed to be the best man at his brother’s wedding to his own ex-wife? Would you have been strong enough to do the same? (Or did you see that as a strength or a weakness on his part?)

9. What was the most emotional part of the story for you, what hit you the hardest?

10. How do you think Finley and Sloane’s relationship changed in the 16 months of Sloane’s sobriety?

11. What moments in the story made you laugh?

12. Were you happy with both Finley’s and Sloane’s endings?

13. How do you think Aubrey will remember this time in her life when she grows up?

The Sister Effect
by Susan Mallery

  • Publication Date: May 21, 2024
  • Genres: Fiction, Women's Fiction
  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Canary Street Press
  • ISBN-10: 1335012680
  • ISBN-13: 9781335012685