Review: The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

Review: The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth is classic Hepworth, as it is book with a contemporary feel that turns into a thriller. The alternating perspectives and interesting plot lines make it a quick and enjoyable read. This is a thriller that I highly recommend.

Review: The Good Sister by Sally HepworthTitle: The Good Sister
Author: Sally Hepworth
Also by this author: The Mother-in-Law
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genres: Thriller
Publication Date: April 13, 2021
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃


Review: The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

The story is told from dual points of view. Twin sisters, Fern and Rose, present two sides of the story through the use of flashbacks to their childhood with a mix of present day. It is easy to understand their tight knit relationship and how things start to unravel.

❀ Many Interesting Characters

There are many Interesting characters in the novel. Fern is an intriguing and lovable character who is easy to root for. She is an extremely intelligent librarian who has Asperger’s syndrome. As well there is Rose, an overprotective sister who is at times manipulative. It is fascinating to watch as the two sisters struggle with Fern’s increasing independence. Also, “Wally (aka Rocco),” Fern’s boyfriend is a vagabond of sorts who lives in a camper van and looks like Where’s Waldo, adds an element of humour to the narrative.

❀ Fern and Wally are a sweet couple

The relationship between Fern and “Wally” is really sweet. Wally is very supportive and helps Fern come up with ways to overcome some of her sensory issues. Not all of his ideas are winners, but it is so endearing to read about.

❀ A wild ride

Early on in the book it is revealed that during their childhood, Fern did something really awful. As things start to unravel, the details become clear and the novel switches gears from family drama to thriller. It is quite a wild ride.

❀ Mind-Warping

Fans of the author will enjoy this mind-warping thriller. The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth is a perfect book for a spring TBR. There is a little bit of everything in this story and the characters are fascinating.

About Sally Hepworth

Sally Hepworth

Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives (2015), The Things We Keep (2016) and The Mother's Promise (2017), and The Family Next Door (Feb 2018). 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 15 languages.

Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children.

13 thoughts on “Review: The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

  1. Bea LaRocca says:

    Thank you for sharing your review and the book and author details, I have added this to my TBR

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