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The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  27 October 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 336

Publisher: Macmillan Australia


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 fall 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.



Thank you so much to Macmillan Australia for providing me with a copy of The Good Sister in exchange for an honest review!

Wow, what a ride this book was!  Rose and Fern are twin sisters.  Rose is struggling with a troubled marriage and fertility issues that have her yearning for a baby.  Living with a range of sensory processing issues, Fern relies on Rose to guide her through life, so when she hears of Rose’s devastation at being unable to fall pregnant, decides she could have a baby for Rose.

Written in alternating views, following Fern’s daily life and Rose’s diary entries, The Good Sister takes us on a journey that is anything but the straight forward tale it appears to be at the start.  From their childhood, with a difficult mother, that each sister seems to remember differently,  to dangerous secrets, Rose unfolds the past as Fern navigates the present.

I loved Fern so much and really enjoyed the way the author highlighted her day to day struggles, but also the positive role her unique personality brought to the way she related to people in her job as a librarian.  ‘Wally’, or Rocco, with his own set of quirks, also stole the show as such a sweet guy, who Fern could relate to more than she first realised.

I honestly could not put this book down.  I was absolutely hooked from the very beginning and desperately needed to know what was going to happen. I loved the way it all played out in the end and finished the book breathless.   If you’re a fan of domestic thrillers and mysteries, I’d highly recommend getting your hands on a copy of this book!

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