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  • Well-Written Psychological Thriller

    I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. The opinions are entirely my own, and any quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy. The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth is the first book I read of hers, but it will not be the last. It appeared Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be. In reality, their relationship is much different. Rose is the responsible, pragmatic sister who always looks out for Fern. Fern is the quirky one who always sees the good in everyone. People do not realize Rose looks out for Fern because of her publicly perfect mother, who in secret is a sociopath, and because of what Fern did when she was younger. The book is much more than I thought it would be. It is a psychological thriller that explores how people with high-functioning autism are treated and how they view everyday occurrences. It is also a family drama, a dysfunctional family, but a family nonetheless. Hepworth builds the main characters and the people surrounding them well. She describes their world well enough to be in their world but without too much detail slowing down the story. Her storytelling and the story made Sally Hepworth an author. I want to read more of her work. On Goodreads, Hepworth is the #1 most followed author in Australia. This 200-word review was published on Philomathinphila.

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  • What a twisted tale!

    Wow, this was one twisted sister tale! It didn’t take any time for me to get completely caught up in this story. It was so easy to picture Rose and Fern fraternal twins, one of them apparently on the spectrum and the other her protector. What an awful childhood they had. Is it any wonder the issues they faced as adults? My heart hurt for them. While Fern is never officially diagnosed, her condition is pretty obvious. She’s highly functioning and I fell completely in love with her. She was totally charming in such an innocent way and I realize that was due to her autism, but the way this author portrayed her had me loving her, wanting to hug her (even though that would be a no-go) and laughing at the way she inadvertently pulled others into her world. Rose was fiercely protective of Fern. Her whole life revolved around her. She was an amazing older sister and Fern would have been lost without her. I worried about her other relationships and how Fern’s presence affected them. Much of this is written in a journal type of format that gives us glimpses into the past. With each new entry we are given, a clearer picture begins to form. I began to question the title along with the words on the page and soon I was vacillating between who truly was the good sister and why were they not considered good? This has a very thin veil of darkness running through it but the question is to which twin is it contributed to?

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  • The Good Sister

    The Good Sister is the latest story by Sally Hepworth. The reader meets the twin sisters as they are adults but through one of the sister's diaries we learn what memories she has of their childhood. At times this book is laugh out loud funny and at others it deals with serious subjects. There comes a point where The Good Sister is impossible to put down. I want to thank NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an early copy to review.

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  • I loved it!

    The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth is one of my favourite reads so far in 2021. The author combines two of my favourite genres, Women’s Fiction and Thrillers, which I feel work extremely well together. The book is an engaging story of twin sisters which will have you guessing what is the truth, and what isn’t. Rose is the more responsible of the two girls. She views her mother as sociopathic and one who does a great job of hiding this from the rest of the world. Rose feels the need to protect her sister Fern from everyone as Fern only sees the best in everyone. Many years ago, Fern did something that was shocking, but Rose kept her secret. Fern has never forgotten this, so when she realizes her sister is unable to have a baby, Fern decides to have one for her. As this wish becomes a reality, the two sisters begin to see each other in a completely different light. The story is intricately woven with the twists you normally find in a thriller. But there is stronger elements of Women’s Fiction that you might not expect. Indeed, the book is about the relationship of three women despite it being written in a two person narrative. While there are elements of mental illness, this is also a story of family love, as dysfunctional as it can sometimes be. The characters are extremely well developed and the story was dramatic yet moving. I loved the inclusivity of the characters. Without giving too much of the story away, I cheered for one of the characters who I miss now that I’ve completed the book. For me, that is a sign of great writing. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author. Thanks to Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

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  • Enjoyable!

    The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth was an enjoyable book. It kept me interested from the beginning until the end. I had trouble figuring out who the “good” Sister was. Was it Rose or was it Fern? We find out at the end but, I’m not going to ruin it for you. This book was missing a little something for me. I’m not sure what it was. I don’t know if I was expecting a few more twists or if the sense of impending doom wasn’t strong enough. It was just barely there under the surface. I did like the character development. I liked Fern but, her sister took too much control of her life. Fern has sensory perception problems and I loved her thought processes. Wally is Fern’s boyfriend. He was fabulous. All in all it was a good story and worth the time to read it. I’m not sorry I did and would recommend it. I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher and Netgalley for a fair and honest review. Thank you!

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