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The Good Sister Paperback – 14 December 2021
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Everyone has a dark side.
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 fall 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 unexpected love.
Praise for The Good Sister
'This novel is excellent on a number of fronts: characterisation, setting, structure and pacing are all done with care and skill' - Sydney Morning Herald
'A great read. It's laugh out loud funny. It's as unpredictable as it is heartwarming. If you enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, you will find it hard to put down' - Herald Sun
- Publisher : Pan Australia (14 December 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1760988073
- ISBN-13 : 978-1760988074
- Dimensions : 13.4 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 3,955 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.