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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Review: The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

The Good Sister
by Sally Hepworth
Narrated by Barrie Kreinik

Thanks to, Macmillan Audio and NetGalley for these review copies.

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publish Date: April 13, 2021
8 hrs. 19  min.
Genres: Contemporary, Suspense

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 unexpected love. 

My Review:

I had the pleasure to meet Hepworth at a group lunch a couple of years ago and she is just the absolute sweetest.  Who knew that under that all the niceness laid the creator of such a crazy family story.  Yes yes yes - come along and meet twins, Rose and Fern whose only commonality seems to be their bloodline. 

Hepworth takes us back and forth in timelines as we get a glimpse of their harrowing childhood where they ended up in the foster care system after their mother dies.  We know straight off that an awful death occurred when they were kids and that Fern is at fault and Rose has, and will always, protect her sister.  Fern follows along with Rose's influence because she really need some help as she gets overwhelmed with sensory overload at times.  And how does she want to repay Rose? By having the baby that she couldn't.  Nothing could possibly go wrong here... right? 😉

It's infuriating when you start to see some dynamics coming to light - I truly wanted to drop kick one particular character.  Hepworth gives us very layered characters - even the ones I wanted to hate, I still felt for.  Just how much can ANY of them take before something blows?  The journey we are taken on starts off very suspenseful and foreboding and then launches into a PHEW but WHAT drama llama ding dong that I couldn't help but love every minute of.  Personally, I felt this to be a very predictable read BUT I was here for every page to see how it was all going to play out.  Even though I knew it was coming, my eyes still widened with realization along with some of the characters. 

I am snagging the other Hepworth books I have on my shelves and upping them on my tbr - I absolutely love her writing style and can see why people rave about her books.  I also really enjoyed the narrator.  Props all around for this read - would definitely recomment.


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