Blaine Woosley is an addict who has recently completed a stay in rehab. While we’re not certain what Blaine was addicted to, we’re made aware of his daily struggle with his addiction and his attempts to keep it from taking hold of him again. When he receives word that an elderly relative he’s never met requests he visit him in a nursing home to tell him that he’s inherited an old farmhouse, Blaine is surprised to say the least. For many years it had just been Blaine and his mentally ill mother, Sarah, who shared little to nothing with Blaine about their family.
The old farmhouse has fallen into serious disrepair. The entire upstairs is barricaded and inaccessible, forcing Blaine to sleep on the first floor. The scratching, wailing and clawing Blaine hears from above keeps him awake nightly. Only the sound of an old abandoned music box can calm the restless spirit that resides in the home’s upper floors. Through flashbacks, we learn of Blaine’s family history – a family history filled with secrets, addictions, sadness and tragedy. And, the house seems to have absorbed much of the unfortunate past. When a mysterious magician arrives to acquaint Blaine with his magical ancestry, Blaine is eventually able to finally break the chains that have bound him and his family for so many years.
Brian Wheeler has woven an intricate tale that combines vivid imagery, clever symbolism and modern day mysticism. Although many of the characters are subjected to some difficult situations, in the end readers are rewarded with a satisfying conclusion.
The Sisters Will Dance is not a quick read. It is somewhat lengthy and involved. Brian Wheeler’s writing is elaborate, but this is what makes it interesting. I found myself wondering if the author writes poetry, since I found much of his prose to have a poetic quality. I would definitely recommend The Sisters Will Dance to anyone wishing to read a magical story of triumph over adversity.