Today I am sharing my review on its publication day in Australia for The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth, published by Pan Macmillan Australia.
The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
Release Date: 27th of October 2020
Print Length: 300 pages
Genre: Psychological Suspense
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
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From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one, with a home and a husband and a fierce desire to become a mother.
Fern is the quirky one, the free spirit, the librarian who avoids social interaction and whom the world might just describe as truly odd. 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.
Sally Hepworth is an absolute gem! The Good Sister is only the second book I have read from her (I know, I had been living under a rock before I discovered her work!) and I am so glad that I have another Aussie author to add to my favourite authors list!
The plot for The Good Sister is fresh, so very compelling and right from the outset, has you completely hooked! The story has been perfectly written and just flows so well. There are no unnecessary filler chapters and each one ends with you wanting more. Sally Hepworth knows how to get her reader’s attention and keep it that’s for sure!
The characters have been very well developed and come to life so vividly through the pages. I have to say that Fern was the standout. She is such a fascinating character and my favourite parts of the book were when she lead the narrative. Rose was also an interesting character and I really enjoyed the use of journal entries from her POV which was a great touch. Now for Wally, I just loved him!
I love when I read a book that is set in my home town of Melbourne and knowing all the places that are spoken of, makes the story feel more personal. The use of the alternating chapters between Rose and Fern gives a great perspective of each and as you go deeper into it, you start to wonder who is the unreliable narrator.
The Good Sister is an exceptional read. You know those moments when you are truely enjoying something that suddenly a few hours has gone by and your cup of tea has gone cold! This is what happened to me. I just devoured this book as it demanded my attention, never letting me go free until the final page! And that ending…OMG!!
I think it is clear that I loved The Good Sister and it is definitely right up there as one of the best books I have read this year. There is nothing better than reading a book that you just want to shout from the rooftops as to how brilliant it is and The Good Sister is definitely one of these books!
Thank you to Sally Hepworth, St Martins Press and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Good Sister, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
This review will be added to, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, Amazon Australia & Amazon US. I will also add to NetGalley, Apple Books, Kobo, Google Play, Barnes & Noble & Waterstones if available. As I am from Australia, I am unable to add to Amazon UK.
Let’s Get to Know Sally Hepworth
Sally Hepworth is the bestselling author of six novels, most recently The Mother In Law (2019) which has been optioned by actress, Amy Poehler, for television. Her latest novel, The Good Sister is available now in Australia & NZ and will be available in early 2021 in North America and UK.
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.
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