The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth
Publication Date: April 13th 2021 by St.Martin's Press & Macmillan Audio
Audio Book Length: 8 hrs 19 min
Narrators: Barrie Kreinik
Source: Publisher & Libro.fm
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The Good Sister introduces us to Fern and Rose, twin sisters who could not be more different. Each had a POV, with Rose’s including the present and a sad recounting of her take on the past growing up with a single mother. Fern’s was very different. It became obvious early on she is on the spectrum in some way, and her quirky outlook was refreshing and endearing! She had me laughing out loud so many times! I loved her from the very start. However, Rose’s diary chapters were very different, serious, and it soon became apparent something wasn’t quite right with the entire situation.
Rose longs for a baby and apparently can’t have one so when Fern finds this out, she determines to help her sister out by having one for her. She’s presented with a candidate for her endeavor almost immediately when she meets “Wally”. However, her plans for her sister get forgotten as she experiences life with Wally and starts to fall for him. Seeing Fern and Wally fall for each other was a treat and sometimes quite hilarious!
Rose and Fern are close with Rose constantly looking out for Fern and Fern relying on Rose for guidance, but as I said as the story progresses a sinister edge starts to emerge, and the tension slowly builds into a nail-biting crescendo!
I could not put this story down and ended up reading/listening to it in one day, because I had to know what was going to happen and I needed answers! The story was riveting, and I was on the edge of my seat! The Good Sister had a little bit of everything I love: romance, humor, mystery and danger. I will definitely be looking for more by Salley Hepworth!
The narration was fantastic! Barrie Kreinik had such a lovely accent, and I especially loved her performance of Fern. So matter of fact, which was exactly Fern’s personality, but her performance of Rose and the male voices were wonderful, too.
About the book:
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.