The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth ★★★★★ #BookReview #BookBlog #NetGalley

Primary Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller, Women’s Fiction
Published: 13 April 2021 by St. Martin’s Press  
Page count: 320 (hardcover)
My Format: eBook/ARC via NetGalley
Cover: Good
Pacing: Perfect            
Ending: WOW!
Do I Recommend: Absolutely
Commission Link (U.S.): Buy The Good Sister

My rating: ★★★★★

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. 

My Thoughts
This was a fantastic book. I haven’t read a thriller that actually thrilled me in a long time, so I was super excited that this one delivered what it promised! This is one of those books that I have to be very careful about what I say because I do not want to give anything away! I promise, no spoilers! Here are my pros and cons for The Good Sister:


  1. This is a fast-paced thriller that will keep you on your toes.
  2. The characterizations are phenomenal. I particularly loved Fern. Fern is likely on the spectrum (she has sensory processing issues) and her twin sister Rose has always been there to help and protect her sister. They were both well-developed characters.
  3. Fern sees everything through rose-colored glasses. Rose is a realistic person who feels the need to protect Fern from dangers in the world that Fern simply cannot understand – particularly dangers from their own mother. However, not everything is as it seems and therein lies the awesomeness of this story!
  4. The chapters alternate between Fern and Rose’s POV. Fern’s story is real-time/current, and Rose’s story is told via journal entries. It was an effective way of telling the story and an efficient way to depict how Rose and Fern’s perspectives differ regarding certain events.
  5. There is a romance between Fern and a man she calls Wally. Their romance is sweet, original, and genuine and is a huge part of why I loved this book so much.
  6. Fern works in a library and I love how much she loves books. I simply adore books that have anything to do with libraries. 
  7. The first half of the book is foundational as we learn about Rose and Fern’s past and present lives. You will likely start to figure out what is going on – or at least suspect – about midway through the book. The thrilling parts start at this point and even if you do figure out where the story is headed it doesn’t ruin the book because you are still rewarded with some amazing drama and shocking revelations. (Note: I thought I figured it out, and I was partially right, but the story is creative enough that I was still surprised by some of the things that happened by the end of the book.)
  8. You will find the ending perfectly satisfying.



This was a major page turner for me! I loved this book! I could say so much more about this novel, but I am being super conscious of what I am including in this review so that I do not give away the twists and turns and unintentionally ruin this book for anyone. Suffice it to say it is a must-read in my opinion and I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a great thriller filled with drama and dysfunctional family relationships.

By the way, I read and reviewed The Mother-in-Law by this author back in 2019 and I enjoyed that one as well. Sally Hepworth is becoming a must-read author for me. I think I need to go back and catch up on her other books!

Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a free eARC of this book, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.   

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