The Good Sister [Book Review]

July 23, 2021

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth

The Good Sister by Sallhy Hepworth (cover) Image: a girl looks out the window of a house at red roses growing in the garden

Genre/Categories: Psychological, Domestic Thriller/Suspense, Siblings

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My Summary:

Twin sisters + one unreliable narrator + good storytelling.

Fern avoids crowds, bright lights, and loud noises. She has a strict schedule and routine, and she’s a popular librarian who cares for the patrons. Rose watches out for her sister, is protective, and a bit controlling. She’s trying desperately to get pregnant. Fern thinks she has a solution for Rose but this plan shakes up both of their lives. Who is the good sister?

My Thoughts:

This will be a brief review because I’m afraid of giving too much away. Suspense is always best read “cold.”

Writing and Structure: The author is a great storyteller which always makes for easy reading. Told from both sisters’ perspectives, I was immediately drawn into the character’s lives. The use of journal entries helps me develop a personal connection with the two main characters. The ending didn’t shock me but at the same time, it’s very well done.

Favorite Character: I really enjoy Fern’s character. First, I love quirky characters who strive to live their best lives. I also adore that she’s a librarian and how she cares for the patrons and loves storytime.

Setting: A great deal of The Good Sister takes place in the library, so that is fun for bookaholics!

Recommended: I’m highly recommending The Good Sister for fans of Sally Hepworth, for readers who love a (mild) psychological, domestic thriller (that isn’t scary or nightmare-inducing), for those who love unreliable narrators, and for book clubs (What a fun and discussable selection this will be!). Honestly, this isn’t my preferred genre, but I highly enjoyed the twisty read. Who is the good sister?

***May Contain Spoilers***
Content Considerations: infertility, death of a child (as a flashback), brief (adult/child) sexual abuse (in a memory), homelessness, mental illness

My Rating:  4 Stars


The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth (cover) Image: a girl peers out the window of a house at the red roses growing in the garden

The Good Sister Information Here

Meet the Author, Sally Hepworth

Author Sally HepworthSally Hepworth is the bestselling author of The Secrets of Midwives (2015), The Things We Keep (2016) The Mother’s Promise (2017), The Family Next Door (2018) and The Mother In Law (April 2019). Sally’s books have been labelled “enchanting” by The Herald Sun, “smart and engaging” by Publisher’s Weekly, and New York Times bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Emily Giffin have praised Sally’s novels as “women’s fiction at its finest” and “totally absorbing”.

Sally’s novels are available worldwide in English and have been translated into 10+ languages.

Sally lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and three children.


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  1. The main problem with books that have an unreliable narrator is that you can usually spot them from a mile away, then guess the plot twist. However, I love novels set in a library or bookshop!

    PS – I have read your last few reviews, but didn’t really have much to add by way of comment. I wish I had more time to read all the wonderful books on my TBR list, which grows longer every day.

    • So many books so little time is definitely a reality! 😂 I appreciate your visits! The library setting is a bonus in this story!

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