The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

FERN – The problem, I realise, is that there are two Roses. The Rose I rely on, and the other Rose. The Rose who hated Mum. The Rose who goes behind my back to speak to Wally. The Rose who would possibly betray me to get the baby she wants so badly.

I don’t know which Rose I’m getting. I don’t know which Rose my baby would get.

THE JOURNAL OF ROSE INGRID CASTLE – Everyone accepted that Billy had drowned, even Daniel. The river was full of reeds and he had been trying to beat Fern’s time for the whole week. The coroner recorded a verdict of ‘Death by Misadventure.’ Which meant our plan worked.

Fern got away with murder.

But lately I’m wondering if I did the wrong thing, covering for her. Maybe by not allowing her to face the consequences of her actions, I’ve created a monster. There’s no doubt that Fern can be dangerous when she’s angry. And now that there is a baby involved, I’m terrified that she will pay the price for my mistake.

ABOUT ‘THE GOOD SISTER’: 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.

MY THOUGHTS: The Good Sister is subtle and it kind of snuck up on me and sucker punched me. πŸ€£πŸ˜‚ What started out as merely an okay read, slowly developed into a compelling page turner that had me biting my nails towards the end as the balance of power teetered between the sisters. I haven’t bitten my nails for years! It was never a given as to which sister was going to win out and even at the end the conniving and manipulation continues.

The story is told from two points of view, that of Fern in the present, flashbacks, and extracts from Rose’s journal. Fern is a delightful character and I found myself rooting for her, even knowing what she had done as a teenager. And I loved Rocco ‘Wally’ Ryan and Rose’s reaction to him.

The Good Sister is a blend of genres. It is a suspenseful psychological thriller with a touching love story lurking beneath. Enchanting and compelling. Well done Sally Hepworth. I can’t wait to see what you deliver us next.


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THE AUTHOR: Drawing on the good, the bad and the downright odd of human behaviour, Sally writes incisively about family, relationships and identity. Her domestic thriller novels are laced with quirky humour, sass and a darkly charming tone.

Sally’s novels are available worldwide in English and have been translated into 20 languages.​

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

DISCLOSURE: Thank you to St Martin’s Press via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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8 thoughts on “The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth”

  1. I”ve been on the waitlist for this at the public library. They notified me today that the book is ready for me to pick up. Thanks for the heads up about the slow beginning. I’ve loved Sally Hepworth’s other books, and I look forward to reading this one. I enjoyed reading your review.

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  2. Wonderful review Sandy and thanks for the heads up about the slow build up. I have read two books by Sally Hepworth and enjoyed them, they also had to build up, so I am ready. I hope to get to this one soon as you have definitely intrigued me.


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