School for Girls, Heather Johnson thought life couldn’t get much worse. She was
wrong. Waiting for her behind the iron gates is an ancient evil, embodied in
the insidious Sister Merce and her coven of malevolent Sisters, who thrive on
the misery they inflict upon their wayward charges. As the danger to Heather increases,
a reprieve arrives with Amy, a spirited girl with a strange flair for Latin.
The respite, however, is fleeting as Amy’s physic abilities reveal a mystery
involving two long-dead ‘fallen’ girls, Jennifer and Rachel. Using a diary and
an amulet, and assisted by the sweet-hearted Patrick and self-destructive Caleb,
the four girls are drawn into a liminal space where they must stand together and
use the power within themselves to destroy the Sisterhood. Suspenseful and
enigmatic, Sisterhood pits the
darkest aspects of human nature against its greatest virtues.
About the author
Maria Arena caught the writing bug at nineteen when she was given her first typewriter. After banging out some short stories and taking a few creative writing courses, Maria took a hiatus for children and further study, which led to her first novel, 'Mira Falling', published by Hachette in 2006. Having decided that writing and studying was a good combination for expanding the mind and imagination, Maria went on to complete a Doctorate of Creative Arts, from which came the novel 'Sisterhood'. A research trip to enchanting Edinburgh and glorious Paris formed the basis of a third novel,'Shroudeaters' (coming soon), while the challenges of climate change and water scarcity underpin Maria's current writing project. In between writing novels and short stories, Maria lectured in Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and currently presents the Creative Writing Excellence Program in regional Queensland high schools on behalf of USC. The program engages students in the creative writing process while encouraging them to consider higher education as a pathway to life success. Writing and teaching are important aspects of Maria's world but when she is not doing these, she also loves hanging out with her family and friends, reading, going to the theatre, films and, most importantly, coffee!