I received a complimentary egalley of THE GOOD SISTER by Sally Hepworth thanks to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley. I also received the advance listener copy thanks to Macmillan Audio and LibroFM!
Rating: 4 / 5
THE GOOD SISTER follows twins Fern and Rose who are very close, though very different. Fern is described as the quirky sister in the synopsis. She is very set in her ways and is uncomfortable around crowds and noise and the nuances of social interaction sometimes escape her as she navigates her life working in a library. Rose is the responsible sister who has always looked out for Fern, often called upon to explain the world to her sister.
Fern never understood the danger her mother was to the girls, but Rose remembers. In the present day, Fern and Rose’s mother is disabled and confined to a home, unable to communicate. Fern remains close to her, but Rose steers far clear. What Rose really wants is a baby, but she’s unable to make this a reality for herself. Fern decides to help her sister achieve this dream.
I really loved Sally Hepworth’s THE MOTHER-IN-LAW, so I was excited to have the opportunity to pick up another of her books. This is an author who really knows how to delve into domestic suspense. I loved getting Fern’s perspective on the world and seeing through her eyes. The relationship between Fern and Rose and between them and their mother was multi-layered and interesting to slowly uncover.
It is hard to say a lot about this one without spoilers. I will say that I did figure out the direction the story was heading a bit earlier than I would have preferred and maybe would have liked another twist in the end that I didn’t see coming to bump up my final rating just a bit. Even so, this was a book that kept me gripped to keep on reading and I’m excited that I have more from this author waiting for me on my shelves!
Overall, I think this was another great book from Sally Hepworth! THE GOOD SISTER is out on 4/13/2021!