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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A stunningly clever thriller made doubly suspenseful by not one, but two unreliable narrators. -- People
Sally Hepworth, the author of The Mother-In-Law delivers a knock-out of a novel about the lies that bind two sisters in The Good Sister.
There's only been one time that Rose couldn't stop me from doing the wrong thing and that was a mistake that will haunt me for the rest of my life.
Fern Castle works in her local library. She has dinner with her twin sister Rose three nights a week. And she avoids crowds, bright lights and loud noises as much as possible. Fern has a carefully structured life and disrupting her routine can be...dangerous.
When Rose discovers that she cannot get pregnant, Fern sees her chance to pay her sister back for everything Rose has done for her. Fern can have a baby for Rose. She just needs to find a father. Simple.
Fern's mission will shake the foundations of the life she has carefully built for herself and stir up dark secrets from the past, in this quirky, rich and shocking story of what families keep hidden.
Praise for The Good Sister:
One of the April Most Anticipated--CNN.com
One of 15 Books to Check Out this April--E!Online
One of The Best New Books To Read This April--Bustle
One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2021--Goodreads
One of The Big Mysteries and Thrillers of 2021--Goodreads
A stunningly clever thriller made doubly suspenseful by not one, but two unreliable narrators. --People
Hepworth's latest further solidifies her place among the top domestic suspense authors...Fern is drawn as smart, capable, and probably on the spectrum, and she is multilayered and relatable, illustrating Hepworth's talent for page-turners with depth.-- Booklist
It's a warped tale of twisted memories and skewed perceptions that will make fans of psychological thrillers say, 'Wow, I didn't see that coming.'--Library Journal
Punchy prose helps propel the twisty plot to a creepy but satisfying conclusion. For fans of domestic dramas, this is a treat.--Publishers Weekly
"Fans of Hepworth's The Mother-in-Law will quickly be drawn into this family-based mystery surrounding twin sisters Fern and Rose."--CNN.com
"Hepworth proficiently spins a web that slyly keeps pulling in readers until they realize they're caught up in it and can't escape...When a woman helps her twin sister have a baby, she unintentionally causes buried family secrets to resurface in this unsettling yet heartwarming psychological drama. --Shelf Awareness
"Sally Hepworth's The Good Sister achieves the impossible trio of creepy, tender, and funny....Hepworth is an author poised to break out.--Business Insider
"[A] compelling, assured psychological twister...The book has a wicked sting of an ending, giving its title a dark second meaning. But where The Good Sister really shines is in its convincing, fascinating portrait of Fern's sensory-processing disorder -- both its blessings and its curses."--Seattle Times
Praise for Sally Hepworth:
A deliciously entertaining novel...This one is perfect for fans of Big Little Lies. --Good Morning America on The Mother-in-Law
"Sally Hepworth writes characters you love." --Liane Moriarty, bestselling author of Big Little Lies
"Deliciously entertaining, packed with wit and suspense, and also delivers sharp insights about family dynamics and love." --People magazine on The Mother-in-Law
A masterful depiction of how much is said in the silences...a winner for fans of Liane Moriarty and Megan Abbott. --Booklist on The Mother-in-Law, starred review
A mesmerizing domestic mystery. --Kirkus on The Mother-in-Law
This one will keep you guessing until the very end. --Us Weekly on The Mother-in-Law
About the Author
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (13 April 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250120950
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250120953
- Dimensions : 16.51 x 3.35 x 23.27 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 260,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fern and Rose are fraternal twins . Fern is nuero diverse and tells the story in the present . Rose is unable to have a child of her own when Fern realises this a chain of events occurs and the story unfolds . We hear Rose’s story in retrospective in journal form .
It is a really great book by a wonderful Australian author . Highly recommend !
I loved the characters so much that I couldn't put the book down, they intrigued me, I couldn't stop, I had to go on.
Knowing this, the author really should offer meal solutions along with her book.
I also liked the storyline and the twists. Css as it wait for your next book.
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I was torn between both sisters not quite knowing which one to feel sad for the most.
I despised the mother and then I saw another side to her.
This is the first Sally Hepworth book I have ever read but it definitely won't be the last.
What a great book.
To the author - and presumably the editor too - there is *no similarity* between narcissism and borderline personality disorder. Do you actually know what borderline personality disorder is? I was genuinely appalled that you could have a character describe another as narcissistic or having BPD, as if BPD is somehow worse that narcissism. If I hadn't been so close to the end of the book that would have put me off reading any further.
There were definite 'Gone Girl' vibes about this one, with half of the novel narrated directly by Fern and the other half via Rose's diary. Everything you think you know in the first half begins to unravel in the second, at the perfect pace - slow enough that it feels insidious, but never so slow that it gets boring.
I found The Good Sister to be insightful, clever, dark and delicious. It's very easy to read and I flew through it much faster than I expected. I've only awarded four stars because it didn't make me fly back to Amazon to buy another Sally Hepworth book, simply because of personal taste - but it was very good.
The Good Sister follows 28 year old fraternal twins, Fern and Rose. Told from Fern’s point of view and interspersed with extracts from Rose’s diary, the story unfolds brilliantly, pulling you in and demanding you continue to turn page after page. The pacing is perfect and the plotting masterful. Sally Hepworth deftly draws all the characters (including the supporting cast) which really brings the story to life and adds a depth of emotional attachment that is sometimes lacking in domestic thrillers.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I’d highly recommend it.