THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
"A stunningly clever thriller made doubly suspenseful by not one, but two unreliable narrators." — People
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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We all make sacrifices for our loved ones, but the twins in this razor-sharp thriller take things up several notches. When Rose and Fern were young, Rose was always the protector—up to and including helping Fern cover up a shocking accident. Nothing has ever come between the sisters, but when clearheaded interior designer Rose can’t conceive and neurotic librarian Fern volunteers to carry her sister’s baby, once-buried secrets from their less-than-idyllic childhood start to tear their relationship apart. Sally Hepworth makes the dynamic between Fern and Rose feel lived-in and realistic, even as one wild twist after another threatens to turn everything about their world upside down. If you enjoy the heady psychological twists and creepy thrills of Gillian Flynn or Paula Hawkins, you’ll love The Good Sister.
Rose Castle and her twin sister, Fern, who share narrative duties in this addictive psychological thriller from Hepworth (The Mother-in-Law), live in Victoria, Australia. Rose is a married interior designer, and Fern is a librarian who suffers from a sensory processing disorder. When Fern discovers that Rose desperately wants to become a mother, but has been unable to conceive, she considers everything Rose has done for her, including protecting Fern from their abusive mother during their childhood, and decides to act as a surrogate. To that end, she seduces a library patron in order to get pregnant. Fearful of Fern's emotional fragility, Rose moves in with her sister to ensure the pregnancy runs smoothly. Excerpts from Rose's journal heighten the suspense by gradually revealing the abuse the girls suffered as children. Meanwhile, Fern expresses her growing discomfort with her sister's arrangements while giving insights into living with her disorder. Punchy prose helps propel the twisty plot to a creepy but satisfying conclusion. For fans of domestic dramas, this is a treat.
The Good Sister
Couldn’t put this book down!!! The characters were amazing. A great read!!!
Suspenseful and satisfying
This book kept me on my toes and had me doubting myself and everything I believed about the characters throughout the entire story. The double narrative keeps you guessing and keeps you interested, and every time you think you’ve figured it out, there’s another piece to the puzzle. I doubted the ending for a while and almost didn’t want to finish it just to spare myself the feelings, but if you push through and finish it, you’ll get the satisfaction.
What a great book! I laughed, cried, was surprised…all of it!! I ADORED Fern and how she thought!! I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Jodi Picoult (her OLDER stuff) and Kristin Hannah!! Soooo good!!