By: Justine Larbalestier
Genre: YFB - General fiction (Children's/Teenage)
Published by: Allen & Unwin
Published: 27/01/16
ISBN: 9781760112226


'I promise,' said Rosa. 'I won't kill and I won't make anyone else kill.' I can't see the loophole. Since the guinea pig there's been nothing.

Months now without Rosa killing as much as a mosquito. As far as I know. Che Taylor has four items on his list:

1. He wants to spar, not just train in the boxing gym.

2. He wants a girlfriend.

3. He wants to go home.

4. He wants to keep Rosa under control.

Che's little sister Rosa is smart, talented, pretty, and so good at deception that Che's convinced she must be a psychopath. She hasn't hurt anyone yet, but he's certain it's just a matter of time. And when their parents move them to New York City, Che longs to return to Sydney and his three best friends. But his first duty is to his sister Rosa, who is playing increasingly complex and disturbing games.

Can he protect Rosa from the world - and the world from Rosa?

My Sister Rosa will have you on the edge of your seat from the very first page to the last.


Acclaimed Australian author Justine Larbalestier has produced another ‘read in one sitting’ psychological thriller.

Seventeen year old Che’s life is anything but normal, constantly moving countries in his parents dream search for wealth and happiness.

Now moving to New York, Che knows he and he alone has any chance of preventing his ten-year-old sister Rosa from doing bad things.

Che knows what Rosa is capable of, and although he still loves her, he has seen her cold lack of empathy and calculating evil ways that could be psychopathic.

Che has other things to focus on too, like his love of boxing and falling for the beautiful, athletic Sojourner.

But then things spiral out of control when their eleven-year-old family friend, Maya, dies after being pushed in front of an oncoming cyclist. Rosa and her best friend, Maya’s twin Simeone, tell the police that Che did it. Will the truth come out?

This is a thriller through and through that will best suit readers 14 and older.

Reviewed by Rob