ARC Review: “The Good Sister” by Sally Hepworth


“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 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.”

My Review

4.5 Stars

 “The Good Sister” is the second book that I’ve read by Sally Hepworth (the first being “ The Mother-in-Law”).  It is definitely one of those books that the less you know going in, the better. I’ll give you the basics. This book is about twin sisters, Rose and Fern.

  I was pulled into this story right away. The writing flowed effortlessly. I loved how  it alternates between present day (Fern) and journal entries that focus on the past (Rose). This book is a domestic thriller but underneath the mystery was quirkiness that I really enjoyed. And even more so, underneath the mystery and quirkiness, there’s romance, there’s sisterhood, there’s so much. It is definitely a multilayered book.

 The characters were well developed, and I absolutely loved Fern. She may be one of my favorite characters. Here is a little tidbit. Fern has a sensory-processing issues. Loud sounds, bright lights, sudden touches are all triggers for her. The way that Sally Hepworth developed her character was spot on and I loved the representation. Everyone within this story served a purpose.

   When it comes to the twist or the big reveal, I figured out what was going on beforehand, but I loved the journey that led up to it. I also think that the clues were put into place along the way so that it would be figured out beforehand.  Where do the lines blur between what is “good” and what is evil? Overall, I really enjoyed this book and Sally Hepworth is quickly becoming one of my favorite suspense authors.

*** Side note: Who knew that “Where’s Waldo” is not titled “Where’s Waldo” across the world? You learn something new everyday, lol. I think I’ll call him Wally from now on.***

Release Date: April 13, 2020

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