Author: Sally Hepworth
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers/ Women’s Fiction
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: April 13, 2021
Book Description: 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.
Rating: 3.75 Stars
Review: Ruth and Fern are twin sisters, Fern is likely on the Autism Spectrum (though it is never directly said), and Rose watches out for her. Rose is struggling to get pregnant, and her sister wants to devise a plan to give her thing that she wants the most.
Fern meets Wally (Rocco) one day while working at the library and they start spending time together regularly. Wally is very similar to Fern which they both appreciate in each other.
Rose wants to control every aspect of Fern’s life, which people in Fern’s world start to clue in on that something is just not right with this scenario. When Fern gets pregnant, Rose devises a plan to get the baby and that is where Fern’s world starts to unravel.
Nothing is what it seems with this book. Just when you think you have figured this out, the author does a 180, which makes this story all the more enjoyable. It does get uncomfortable at times, but just enough so that you need to know what happens next. This is my second novel from Hepworth, and she is definitely somebody I will continue to read.
Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.