Sally Hepworth, the author of The Mother-In-Law, delivers a knock-out of a novel about the lies that bind two sisters.
From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one, with a home and a husband and a fierce desire to become a mother. Fern is the quirky one, the free spirit, the librarian who avoids social interaction and whom the world might just describe as truly odd. 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.
Spine tingling, creepy, utterly compelling and unpredictable, The Good Sister is about the ties that bind sisters together...and about the madness that lurks where you least expect it.
The Sexy Nerd's Review
Who doesn’t love a good angelic twin and evil twin story? Let’s face it most of us are pretty intrigued when it comes to twins. One might say what is the allure of twins? Well, people most definitely wondered that about the Castle twins. Fern and Rose couldn’t have been more opposite. Besides, they were fraternal twins so at first glance you wouldn’t know they were twins unless they told you so.
Most people found Fern to be quite stand offish and a bit off-putting at times. She could be viewed as being rude and abrupt, but one thing about her that definitely stood out was her brutal honesty. Her boss at the library had to constantly remind Fern how to be a team player and greet the public when they came in to check out books. She wasn’t too keen on giving eye contact and don’t you dare ask her how to use the copier machines because that would throw Fern into a complete meltdown and she’d scurry away in a hurry.
Fern took great pride in being a public servant, although you’d be hard pressed to know that because she wasn’t always approachable. But get her on the subject of talking about books, and Fern truly blossomed. It was at that time she saw a homeless man that needed help with the copier, and right away, Fern wanted to exit stage left, but there was something about this homeless man that drew her closer. Immediately, she penned his name to be Wally, when in actuality it was Rocco Ryan, but he reminded her of the character Where’s Waldo, the American version.
Wally and Fern struck up a conversation and they began dating. Wally enjoyed Fern’s company and her quirkiness and in fact told her that she wasn’t strange, but everyone else around her were the real weirdos. Comments like that made her like Wally all the more.
Rose was thousands of miles away in London visiting her husband while he finished working on a special project. She and Fern had never been away from each other for a great deal of time, but Rose needed to be with her husband and spend quality time so she decided to stay in London for a month. Fern was terrified she wouldn’t be able to handle being completely on her own without Rose because Rose was the responsible twin who looked out for her at all cost. Whatever Rose advised Fern, Fern, as usual, went along with whatever she told her. She clung to every word Rose said and believed her to a fault. There was nothing Rose could do or say that Fern wouldn’t go along with, so when Fern didn’t answer her cell phone while she was away, it terrified her.
You see, Fern was hiding a secret from Rose.
Before Rose left for London, Fern found out that Rose was unable to bear children. There was nothing more in this world Rose wanted to be than a mother. When Fern learned of this, it saddened her tremendously. Rose gave everything to her and she had to repay her for her kindness. She began thinking what gift could she give Rose to make her twin happy? Oh. . .that’s right, Fern decided she’d get pregnant and give the baby to Rose. Wait, what? This made Fern delighted and since finding her new boyfriend, Wally, who, unbeknownst to him was going to provide the baby she needed, her plan would benefit all parties, right? Umm, yeah about that. . .but, as the reader delves more into the story of the twins, it will become clear that our best plans sometimes change no matter how well the intent is.
Wow! I had an extremely hard time putting this book down. OMG, I hated when I had to go to bed or go to work because all I wanted to do was read about Fern and Rose. These were the strangest twins I’ve ever read about and I was so here for it, Nerds! Yassss, what an incredible read and mind-twisting plot indeed! Every scenario I had in my mind, the story kept bending in another direction, and when I thought I had it figured out, I did not. Damn, this book was so good!
The Sexy Nerd gives The Good Sister five more siblings to tag along! I love a good mind-blowing psychological thriller and I’m telling you, Nerds, The Good Sister is definitely where it is at! You will most definitely want to add this book to your reading shelves, but it will not be docked there for long. The Good Sister will be available to the public on April 13, 2021. Mark your calendars!!! When it comes out, I highly suggest you download your copy right away and get to reading. You will be so glad you did! Awesome story and spine-tingling thrill. Until next time, Nerds, open a book and get mind blown! The Best High There Is!