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The Good Sister

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Absolutely brilliant! Great story! Great characters! 
This book had me hooked and never let me go. Sally Hepworth, thank you for this masterpiece.
Many thanks to Netgalley for the chance to read and review this title!.
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As a huge fan of Sally Hepworth I was super excited for this book! I loved being sucked in to Fern and Rose’s sibling relationship and read this book in two sittings! I don’t want to give too much away but you will be engrossed - definitely go pick up this book!
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Wow, wow, and wow! Three cheers for Sally Hepworth and the way she wove this story together, I loved every bit of it from start to finish and am gutted to have to say goodbye to the characters, even the ones that don't deserve a space in my life. I think it's a pretty big deal if you can write despicable characters that you end up feeling torn over.

Rose and Fern are twins. As much as they are chalk and cheese, they do pretty much everything together. Rose is  'round' and diabetic and in control, whilst Fern is odd and irritable and unpredictable, but the two of them share a bond that no one can come between. It must be the whole sister thing, right?

Having looked after Fern her whole life, more so after their mother took an overdose when they were preteens, Fern wants to give Rose a grand gesture, be the one to make things better for once. She has it all planned, what could possibly go wrong when you have best-laid plans and are regimental with your routines?

You can tell from the start that Fern is different, that she has traits that make her vulnerable, Without stating the obvious, Hepworth makes this clear with the stilted dialogue that contrasts greatly with Rose's fluent journal entries. Absolute mastery.

The story took some setting up and yet it still maintained a really good pace throughout with twists and turns so subtle, they are easy to miss. Lovers of family drama and psychological thrillers will not be disappointed with this book. It's suited for mid-teens upwards although adults will probably appreciate it more. There is no obscene language and graphically violent scenes commonplace in modern thrillers. The author relies solely on her storytelling skills which are simply amazing.

Despite a couple of grammatical errors, though not too many to bear a grudge, this is a sold 5/5 read. Grab you copies and enjoy the ride.
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First time I'm reading a book from this author and I really liked it! The main character, Fern, is on the spectrum and has problem processing external sensors (light, voices, touch). She struggles with the nuances of social interactions but she's kind-hearted, hard-working, and intelligent. I really liked how the book portrays a neurodiverse character with warmth, humor and sincerity.  She has a sister, Rose, who is incredibly protective of her. We get to see Rose's POV from excerpts of her diary which speaks to a traumatic childhood and marriage struggles. I really liked Fern's relationship with Wally, an autistic man she starts dating and I was anxious for them to stay together!

While I was able to predict the storyline, there was still a lot I was able to take from the story. Seeing how Fern handles a possible pregnancy, uncovering a secret from her childhood, her relationship with her sick mother, and Rose's increasingly strange behaviour all made for a suspenseful read. Is Fern harbouring dangerous tendencies? Is Rose caring or controlling? There were times when I got angry at the situation which means the book does a good job making me care! I was satisfied with the ending too. A well-written thriller about sisterhood, family drama, manipulation and secrets, this should go on your list!
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A psychological thriller about twins sisters and their mother.
Something happened when the twins where younger.
This story is told through Rosie’s journal and through the eyes of Fern.
All is not what it seems.
Great reads
Thanks NetGalley
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This has been a read filled with tension and suspense and I have been completely hooked. I have adored the way this has been written and fully engaged in this novel.
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I loved this book.
Sally Hepworth has a really interesting style of story telling, taking something that's typically mundane and making it so intense and suspenseful.

I really enjoyed the characters, I felt each character was so individual including the supporting characters such as the library or healthcare staff. Each person really stood out and had a purpose.

While it was definitely intense, I felt The Good Sister had a really heart warming element to it's story that was so perfect.

I will say that I could see the ending coming but that somehow made it all the more intense and towards the last 30% of the book, I was just racing to finish it, I couldn't wait to find out what happened. I even stayed up late after a night shift to read it which I never do!

It's also clear Sally did a huge amount of research for this book. One of the characters is diabetic and the research in this alone was great.

I definitely think this is going to stand out as one of my favourite books in 2021. A very easy 5 stars⭐

Thank you to Hodder & Stoughton, Sally Hepworth & NetGalley for an eArc of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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The Good Sister is one of those books that stay with you long after you put the book down. I loved this book all round and was captivated from the very first chapter. It is an absolutely fantastic book.

The book is about two sisters, Fern and Rose, Rose is the older protective sister of Fern, who it's not said openly but we learn is somewhere on the Autisc Spectrum, with a sensory processing disorder. I loved Fern's character and her quirks. The story is told through present day Fern's POV and Rose's old diary It is very interesting having a different style like this and I enjoyed it.

It's hard to explain how this book is heart warming, yet nerve wracking, happy, yet simmering with tension!  
The blossoming relationship between Fern and Wally (Really called Rocky, but she names him this as he reminds her of Where's Wally!) is so sweet and endearing, it will make you root for them, as well as make you laugh and cry!

The relationship between Rose and Fern is very intriguing, I won't divulge anything as I don't want to spoil the plot, but the development of how we view the sisters relationship through the story is done brilliantly.

I wish I was still in the depths of this book as I am very much missing it now! The ending was wraped up brilliantly and I found nothing lacking whatsoever. I will definitely be looking for more books by Sally Hepworth to add to my collection.

Thank you to Netgalley, Hodder and Staunton, and Sally Hepworth for a copy of the book in return for an honest review.
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A fantastic twisty turny, high octane thriller that kept me guessing throughout. I liked the quirky main characters.
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What a fabulous book! I haven’t loved a character like Fern for a long time. A story celebrating neurodivergency and difference. An extremely insightful examination of what it means to have a sister and to be a sister: lollipops and blood… also about different narratives on the same experiences. Superbly written with the right balance of humour and difficult issues. Made me laugh and cry! I was truly gripped and read in one session.
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I wasn't sure what to expect with this book and who was the good sister! I was pleasantly surprised at the twists and turns and the characters that were very different from your usual run of the mill players in a drama.
This book really kept me engaged until the end and I wanted it to work out for one of them - no spoilers!
I think this would make a great film! Thanks to Netgalley for a copy of this to review for an honest review, I'll be looking out for more of Sally Hepworths books.
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One of the best books I've read on ages. Had me nearly crying, cheering and wanting to throw it out the window all in one sitting!
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I loved this book and read it in about 3 hours, not continuous but certainly throughout  one day. I thought the characters were brilliantly drawn, Wally sounded absolutely lovely and Fern certainly deserved him. 
The relationship between the siblings was very unusual and claustrophobic.
I loved the fact that Fern was a librarian, as I have also been one for most of my working life, her library sounds a wonderful vibrant place.
This was a very good book with a twist that caught me on the hop, I would definitely recommend it.
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Memorable quote: "People without sisters think it's all sunshine and lollipops or all blood and guts. But actually it's always both. Sunshine and guts. Lollipops and blood. Good and bad. The bad is as essential to the relationship as the good."

This was such a crackingly good read. I had so much fun with this one, and I think the main reason for that was because of Fern. What a fantastic character she was. So witty and clever on the one hand, and then so down to earth on the other. Some of her comments had me genuinely chuckling out load. I just couldn't get enough of her. Well done to the author for creating such a fantastic and highly memorable character.

As for the story itself, again, it was great. Things were not what they seemed to be, and as the story progressed I found it more and more difficult to interpret the actions of the characters and the developing situations. The relationship between the two twins was extremely interesting, and as more detail was divulged about both of them, there were a few good twists and turns to sink one's teeth into. I must be honest and say that I did see some of the twists and so nothing really caught me totally off guard...okay, maybe one thing, but really this was such an entertaining read that I didn't even mind that the twists were somewhat expected.

Overall this is a fantastic domestic suspense novel. It's a story about the relationship between two twin sisters, their dependencies, their childhood experiences, their love and trust for other another and ultimately about how someone you adore can abuse your trust. I highly recommend this read if you're looking for something to fly through.
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Fern and Rose are twin sisters and we follow the story from their individual points of view.  Rose's diary records a very unhappy childhood.  Fern has severe sensory issues - she has carved a life for herself, working at the library, where she can keep interaction with others to a minimum.  

One day she finds a man about to use the shower in the library (obviously that library is very different from those here in the UK!) and Rocco comes into her life.  At the core of the story is something that happened to one of their friends, Billy, when they were young, which has clouded their lives, the truth of which from each perspective is gradually revealed.

From all this it sounds like a standard 'we had a problem, we are sisters' sort of story, but it isn't.  Fern is an incredibly complex character - I don't know anyone with the issues she faces, but the author portrays her really well, so we are able to empathise.  And the reader is taken on a journey as we look at the interaction between Fern and Rose and wonder what is really happening.  Its one of those books where you almost don't want to keep reading, because some of the characters are being treated so badly, but you just cannot put it down.

A really good read.  Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for allowing me access to the ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I thought this book started quite slowly but it developed into a great story around twins Fern and Rose. It kept me guessing right to the end. Well worth a read
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Really enjoyed this book plenty to think about and brilliant dynamics between the characters I was oblivious to some of the twists and turns so a good psychological roller coaster of a read !
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The Good Sister is a brilliant read. We are mainly following Fern, a woman who is almost certainly on the Asperger's spectrum and works at her local library. She is funny, interesting and very likeable - I loved her various comments and observations on life, they made me smile throughout. The story isn't all light-hearted though... I won't give too much away about the plot but Fern knows her twin sister Rosie is desperate to have a baby but has been unable to conceive with her husband, so she naively decides to try and get pregnant for her. 

There's a lot of character development in this book, with the reader really getting to know Fern and her new love interest, Wally. Both seem great characters and I really warmed to them. However, the story also has chapters told from Rose's point of view - extracts from her diary which gives a darker side to the twins' lives growing up with their evidently psychopathic mother, and cautions that Fern might be getting herself into a situation she can't handle. 

As we read on we realise that Fern and Rose have a very dark secret and things aren't quite all as they seem. 

The Good Sister has less 'thriller' elements to it than I expected from how it's marketed - but this was no bad thing. Yes, I love books in the psychological thriller genre, but here I actually enjoyed reading about Fern's day to day life more than the mystery elements. Sally Hepworth did such a brilliant job of building the characters and developing them into people you can actually imagine knowing. Plus, the possibility of an unreliable narrator means you're always second-guessing whether someone is telling the truth...

I absolutely loved this novel and raced through it. It's certainly made me want to pick up more of Sally Hepworth's novels - I really enjoyed The Mother-in-Law too, so if the others are anywhere near as good, Sally Hepworth is likely to become a new favourite author!
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Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press and Sally Hepworth for the ooportunity to read The Good Sister
Wow, wow wow.... what a great read!! from page one I was hooked and couldn't put this book down till the last page, what a novel!
this is a story about Two sisters, who are fraternal twins, Rose and Fern.The Story Goes back into the past as we read Rose's diary and to Fern in the present as she narrates about her daily life and relationship with her sister. We learn about their childhood from Roses diary entries and current life from Fern's perspective.
Rose is trying to get pregnant with her significant other Owen, and her sensory sensitive sister Fern, gets an idea in her head that she could have the baby and then give it to her sister who is having a hard time getting pregnant
The story unfolds, and we learn secrets that go back to when the girls were young. We learn about their mother who is now in a nursing home due to a stroke, and the relationship the girls now have and had with her.

I was pleasantly surprised by this novel and how quickly I was drawn in and not wanting it to end.
this is a first by this author for me and I will be looking for more of her books.
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I really enjoyed this book, it was fast-paced and I really warmed to Fern and Wally; the characters were very well formed. 

You start to question the motives of the different characters as the story unfolds, very twisty!
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