The Good Sister
Author: Sally Hepworth
Published: April 13, 2021
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: May 26- June 4, 2021
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars
From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one and Fern is the quirky one. 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.
This is the fourth novel I have read by Hepworth and I have enjoyed them all! The Good Sister. is not a thriller per se, but more of a domestic drama. We have dual narrators, both Fern and Rose (via her journal). The reader will have their opinions of both twin sisters– which can change throughout the novel– and of their mother. Fern is on the Autism spectrum, but functions relatively well on her own and works in a library(!) which is many readers dream job.
The sisters are twins and 28 years old who could not be more different from each other– including their appearance– but they take care of each other. They had a very difficult childhood, which the novel goes into. There is a little bit of a romance with one of the sisters and if you read thrillers like I do, you may figure out what is going on. But then what keeps you reading is the drama! I enjoyed the drama in this case and still had some surprises along the way.
If you like reading mysteries and enjoy drama dealing with family relationships (because who doesn’t have that!?!?) then you should read this book.
It looks like I have found another ‘go to’ author to read with Hepworth!
I received a copy to read and review from the publisher via NetGalley.