My Sister Rosa

What if the most terrifying person you’d ever met was your ten-year old sister?

‘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.

My Sister Rosa is my take on the bad seed narrative. Creepy children? What’s not to love? It’s told from the point of view of seventeen-year-old, Che Taylor, whose ten-year-old sister, Rosa, is a psychopath. I wanted to know what that would be like. How would you cope having such a monstrous sibling? What if you were the only one who knew? What if you felt like they were your responsibility?

My Sister Rosa is out now from Allen & Unwin in Australia and New Zealand and from Soho Teen in North America. The audio book version is by Blackstone Audio.