Title: The Good Sister
Author: Sally Hepworth
Publish date: 4/13/21
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Genre: Domestic thriller
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.
Writing impressions: What a story! I love books that are partially told in journal form and the diary of Rose was critical to this book. The author did a wonderful job of writing about Fern and her sensory processing differences. I also appreciated that she met someone who genuinely understood and cared about how she saw the world and did little things to ease some of her anxieties.
Characters: Twins. It’s a trope and it’s one of my favorites. It’s always interesting to see how the author develops them as siblings and as individuals. Fern and Rose could not have been more different and were both well developed with their own storylines that intersected. It was also interesting seeing Fern’s job – a librarian – through her eyes.
My thoughts: The good twin vs. the evil twin made for a fascinating story. I figured out the twist pretty early on but that didn’t detract from the book at all – it was interesting to see how the author developed the story.
If you enjoy domestic thrillers then this book is for you!
Thanks to Libro.fm for the the advanced audiobook copy. The narration is fantastic!