Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
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.
About: The Good Sister is a mystery thriller written by Sally Hepworth. It was recently published on 4/13/2021 by St. Martin’s Press, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, hardcover, 309 pages. The genres are mystery thriller, family, and adult fiction. According to Macmillan’s website, “St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Good Sister on 5/16/2021 and finished it on 5/20/2021 at 2am. This book was an interesting read. It was unexpected in a way because I haven’t encountered a character like Fern in all of the books I have read. A form of mental illness. She almost reminded me of a picture book character called Amelia Bedelia where she doesn’t understand idioms but in the case with Fern, it’s much more than just idioms. Manipulating someone like Fern was so bad and I dislike that character for doing it. Rose’s view caught my attention and for most of the book, I felt for her. Two sisters, twins, but like day and night and I found myself absorbed into the story that often I couldn’t put the book down. I enjoyed reading both views though Fern’s view was like a breath of fresh air with her ways of understanding things and simplicity of living.
This book started with an entry from Rose Ingrid Castle’s journal. She talked a lot about the years growing up with Fern and their mother. She’s now feeling unhappy because she’s desperately wanting to have a baby but couldn’t get pregnant. Rose’s view continued to be in a journal format. The alternating view was Fern, Rose’s twin, 28, Librarian. Fern lived life by following a routine and avoided places like the bowling alley and restaurants where it’s noisy. Fern thought to find a guy to get pregnant as a surprise to her sister to appreciate Rose always looking out for her. Until her mother’s sudden death, Fern started questioning her understanding and beliefs.
The Good Sister was well written. A closer look into the relationship between sisters. I don’t have a sister so I don’t know that love/hate relationship. The author’s note about her daughters being the seed idea for this book was interesting. My neighbor has two daughters with long hair who usually hold hands when they walk around the block. I loved it when I see them but their mom said that doesn’t happen all the time. There are some sister bond that I like where I don’t ever have with my brother in this book. The mystery didn’t fail to surprise me. The very end had me reading twice if I had read it correctly the first time. Some twists came unexpected. Wally definitely was a cool guy. I recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
Tag Lines: sisters, family, mystery, manipulative, mental health, twists
About the Author:
Sally Hepworth has lived around the world, spending extended periods in Singapore, the United Kingdom and Canada. She is the author of The Secrets of Midwives, The Things We Keep, The Mother’s Promise, The Family Next Door and The Mother-in-Law. Sally now lives in Melbourne with her husband, three children, and one adorable dog. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.