Saturday 17 April 2021

Book Review: The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth book cover

AD* | 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. 

Engaging and suspenseful, The Good Sister is a slow-burning mystery thriller packed with twists and turns. 

The main characters are twins Rose and Fern - two sisters who share an extraordinarily close bond. All of their lives, the twins have been there for one another through thick and thin. In good times and bad, Rose and Fern have always been each other's 'person' and on the surface, they have an idyllic sibling relationship. However, it soon becomes apparent that things are not as good as they seem, and plenty of murky water lies beneath the surface. 

Each sister has her own unique way of looking at the world. As the book is told from both their perspectives, in turn, this adds an extra layer to the narrative. Rose is focused and determined yet often finds herself stuck in the past, reliving events from her childhood. She is bitter about her lot in life, yet remains overly protective of her sister, intervening whenever she can. By contrast, Fern seems to see the best in both life and people. She is positive and upbeat, looking ahead to the future while simultaneously making the most of her treasured routines and the small pleasures in life. 

This is a slow-paced story and it takes a while for the thriller elements of the plot to kick in. This makes The Good Sister unique and individual - just like its characters. 

I found this book to be a quick read; it was utterly absorbing and I enjoyed reading about Fern and Rose. It's very well written - while there are supporting characters, the vast majority of the story focuses solely on the twins. However, this heavy focus really works well with the narrative and helps to draw the reader into their lives.

The Good Sister is a captivating story bound to leave you wanting more! 

Rating: 4 stars

The Good Sister is available to buy now. 

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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