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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
SCABS is a crime dramedy novel written by Isabella Ornot. Angela and Jan Giogoria are sisters raised by an alcoholic and manipulative mother alongside their psychopathic brother, Tony. As they grow up, Angie becomes a successful news producer, while Jan enjoys family life with her husband and kids. But following the death of their younger brother, Chris, Jan starts showing symptoms of what she terms as Sudden Crazy Ass Bitch Syndrome (SCABS), something she frequently saw her mother suffering from. When Angie's childhood friend Gloria, an investigative reporter, goes missing, the sisters take it upon themselves to search for her. Along the way, they become closer than ever, but find themselves embroiled in a larger conspiracy involving a real-estate scam, drug smugglers and human traffickers, and a former Navy SEAL with a taste for cold-blooded vigilante justice.
Filled with humor, action, and sisterly rivalry, SCABS is a wild rollercoaster of a ride. Author Isabella Ornot showcases the contrasting ways Angie and Jan's dysfunctional childhood affects them later in their lives, and how their strong bond helps them overcome overwhelming odds. The plot is well-paced, using multiple POV characters to show the varying factions involved in the narrative. Although the characters seem quirky at first glance, their tragic backstories convey a sense of vulnerability behind their tough exteriors that make them realistic and thoroughly compelling to read. I found the action scenes goofy, and they make for a lot of comedic moments. If you're looking for a crime comedy-drama about sisterly love, SCABS is the book for you.