THE GOOD SISTER - SALLY HEPWORTH
Title: The Good Sister
Author: Sally Hepworth
Published: October 2020
Genres: Fiction, Psychological Domestic Thriller
From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one and Fern is the quirky one. 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.
TAY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I wasn’t sold on this one when I first started, but once you’re in, you’re IN. Being privy to the internal monologue of someone with an a-typical brain is something I’ve always found fascinating, and @sallyhepworth did it so brilliantly that it was far from a shock to find out she was able to dive into personal experience to bring that perspective to life. It was impressively told in a way that took a seemingly innocent family story to an unexpectedly twisted psychological domestic thriller, one with exceptionally well-developed characters and a knack for keeping you up into the early hours of the morning rapidly turning pages in an effort to untie the knots in your stomach. It explores fertility and female family dynamics, provides a free course in mastery of manipulation and sheds a light on how those on the low end of the spectrum function within today’s society. The more I think about this story, the more I realise I like about it.
NICKY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is a must read for your 2021 if you haven’t already, and here is why: The lives and story of fraternal twin sisters Rose and Fern captivated me instantly, but come half way it went up another level when everything I was expecting, and all my preconceived ideas slowly become undone. From start to finish, it continued to soar. This style and genre is very much my cup of literary tea, but what set it apart was the use of two bold, female protagonists, and the unique structure between Fern’s present and Rose’s diary entries which was executed seamlessly. A perfect concoction of a solid plot, hearty characters, psychological suspense, and overall an exceptional domestic thriller. This was my first @sallyhepworth book. Yes, I too now am asking myself "where have I been?!" But needless to say, I have already added her others to my TBR.
⚠️ CONTENT WARNINGS ⚠️
Sexual and domestic abuse, drug and alcohol misuse and overdose.
OUR FAVOURITE QUOTE
“Hate her and love her, both at the same time. Maybe when it comes to sisters, boundaries are always a little bit blurry. Blurred boundaries, I think, are what sisters do best."
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