Title: The Good Sister
Author: Sally Hepworth
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: April 13, 2021
Page Count: 320
My rating: 5 stars
About the book:
Sally Hepworth, the author of The Mother-In-Law delivers a knock-out of a novel about the lies that bind two sisters in The Good Sister.
There’s only been one time that Rose couldn’t stop me from doing the wrong thing and that was a mistake that will haunt me for the rest of my life.
Fern Castle works in her local library. She has dinner with her twin sister Rose three nights a week. And she avoids crowds, bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. Fern has a carefully structured life and disrupting her routine can be…dangerous.
When Rose discovers that she cannot get pregnant, Fern sees her chance to pay her sister back for everything Rose has done for her. Fern can have a baby for Rose. She just needs to find a father. Simple.
Fern’s mission will shake the foundations of the life she has carefully built for herself and stir up dark secrets from the past, in this quirky, rich and shocking story of what families keep hidden.
The Good Sister is the third book I’ve read by Sally Hepworth and now it’s also the third five star review I’ve written on those books. There is just something about these thrillers that have drawn me into the story immediately and just won’t let go until the last page has been read.
This story is about two sisters that are complete opposites but they have always only had each other bringing them extremely close together. Rose is the practical in control sister that has always protected Fern who has her peculiarities seeming to fall on the autism spectrum. As children though Rose just knew she needed to protect her sister from their abusive and neglectful mother.
Now as adults though Fern does live on her own and work a job she loves in the local library with everyone around her being used to her eccentric nature. Rose has married and is wanting to have a child now of her own but she’s been struggling. Fern thinks this is finally time she can do something for the sister that has looked out for her and have a baby herself to give to Rose.
Immediately when reading this one I found myself having a huge soft spot for Fern and her unique way of seeing the world and existing in it. Sally Hepworth did a wonderful job bringing Fern to life and writing about her quirks but then again she does a wonderful job with all of her characters which is one of the biggest reasons I fall in love with her stories. The book moves at a perfect pace building the tension and giving the reader the backstory here and there to solidify the girls personalities and it becomes incredibly hard to put it down just anticipating the next twist coming along. After three winners in a row I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author!
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the author:
Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives (2015), The Things We Keep (2016) The Mother’s Promise (2017), The Family Next Door (2018) and The Mother In Law (April 2019). Sally’s books have been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s novels as “women’s fiction at its finest” and “totally absorbing”.
Sally’s novels are available worldwide in English and have been translated into 10+ languages.
Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children.