Book Review: The Good Sister

THE GOOD SISTER | Sally Hepworth
04.13.2021 | St. Martin’s Press
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Fern and Rose appear to be as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one and Fern is the quirky one. The sisters share an incredibly close bond with Rose serving as Fern’s protector from the time they were small. Fern needed to be protected from their mother, a sociopath hiding behind the guise of a normal person, and only Rose could see the truth. Fern has always seen 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 that Fern could potentially make choices that can only lead to a terrible outcome.

THE GOOD SISTER is a domestic thriller surrounding the relationship between twin sisters, Fern and Rose. Told between alternating narratives from Fern and journal entries from Rose, the reader gets a sense of not only their present day relationship, but also their childhood. I really enjoyed the dual narratives and the journal entry style that Hepworth utilized to tell her story. I loved that as the story progressed the reader was able to feel something was off, but you were never quite sure what the truth was. Hepworth allows her characters to discover that truth through a series of events that escalate to a chaotic and suspenseful ending.

This is my first book by Hepworth despite seeing her other books around. I’m typically a bit hesitant on domestic thrillers since they tend to be hit or miss for me. Hepworth successfully pulls off the subgenre to create an addictive read that certainly makes me want to check out her backlist. 

I listened to this one on audio and absolutely loved the narrator, Barrie Kreinik. She does an excellent job of bringing Fern and Rose to life!


This book is available to buy from: Amazon | Book Depository

A huge thank you to Libro FM for my gifted audiobook copy!

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