The Good Sister

The Good Sister

Book - 2021 | First U.S. edition
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"Sally Hepworth, the author of The Mother-In-Law, delivers a knock-out of a novel about the lies that bind two sisters. From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one, with a home and a husband and a fierce desire to become a mother. Fern is the quirky one, the free spirit, the librarian who avoids social interaction and whom the world might just describe as truly odd. But the sisters are devoted to one another and Rose has always been Fern's protector from the time they were small. Fern needed protecting because their mother was a true sociopath who hid her true nature from the world, and only Rose could see it. Fern always saw the good in everyone. Years ago, Fern did something very, very bad. And Rose has never told a soul. When Fern decides to help her sister achieve her heart's desire of having a baby, Rose realizes with growing horror that Fern might make choices that can only have a terrible outcome. What Rose doesn't realize is that Fern is growing more and more aware of the secrets Rose, herself, is keeping. And that their mother might have the last word after all. Spine tingling, creepy, utterly compelling and unpredictable, The Good Sister is about the ties that bind sisters together ... and about the madness that lurks where you least expect it"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY :, St. Martin's Press,, 2021
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781250120953
Branch Call Number: F HEP
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 25 cm

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darladoodles
Apr 03, 2021

Relationships with sisters can be complicated. When you are fraternal twins, there are added layers to deal with. I know. I grew up with a twin sister who love dearly. That is one reason books like this appeal to me and Sally Hepworth does not disappoint. Talk about boundary issues. . . Fern and Rose look very different from one another. Fern is somewhere on the spectrum, but was never tested. Rose has diabetes, but claims to be the responsible one. But is she 'taking care' of Fern or is she manipulating her? Who is really the good sister? I loved the contrasting viewpoints of the two sisters on their childhood and their current day interactions, their matching bracelets that they would clink together to encourage each other (Wonder Twins, anyone?), and finally Rocco aka Wally who meets Fern at the library--where they have a shower for the homeless to use. As a library worker, I especially enjoyed glimpses of the employee interactions and customer programming at Fern's library. Where can I get my own hideway for brief naps and book reading? This was a wonderful weekend escape and I recommend it to fans of Liane Moriarty, Joshilyn Jackson, and J.P. Delaney.

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aliciamarie
Mar 28, 2021

This book had me captivated from the start and ended up being so much more than I thought it would be! We get to read the story from alternating perspectives- one from Fern's point of view and one from Rose's diary she kept from her childhood.

Fern is on the spectrum and her life revolves around routine. She has a time and place for everything and doesn't like surprises. Her life is turned upside down when she meets a man she assumes is homeless while working her job at the library.

Rose is Fern's protector and has been since they were born. The two are twin sisters that couldn't have been more different if they tried. Some kind of tragic event happened when the twins were younger. Rose constantly reminds Fern of this horrific event and uses it to manipulate Fern with threats of exposure if she doesn't do as she's told.

This is one of those books that if I say too much it will ruin the experience of reading for the first time. It's a book of family secrets and drama. It has a romantic twist with suspense and surprises sprinkled throughout.

The character development was superb and I even felt highly invested in the characters I seemed to hate. The storyline moved seamlessly from past to present and the pace of the mystery gave just enough to keep me interested but not too much that I could guess the ending.

Thanks so much to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me an egalley to read and give my honest review! It was my first book by the author but I look forward to reading past and future books!

"The Good Sister" is set to be released here in the U.S. on April 13, 2021 so pre-order now! It was a 5 star read for me and I know you'll love it too!

Happy Reading!

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