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Sally Hepworth, the author of The Mother-In-Law delivers a knock-out of a novel about the lies that bind two sisters in The Good Sister.

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 night
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Hardcover, 309 pages
Published April 13th 2021 by St. Martin's Press (first published October 27th 2020)
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Happy book birthday to one of my favorite thrillers of the year! 🥂🥳📚

Another big, bold Wowza! This book captivated me from the first moment I started to read the intriguing opening and for 5 long hours, I pulled the plug off myself, rejecting to connect with outside world, ignoring my husband dearest who kept asking me why he didn’t have any clean shirt and how I achieved to burn takeout leftovers.

I didn’t hear my partying neighbors who recently turned their home into Airbnb circus or blaring Ge
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MarilynW
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fern and Rose are twins, not identical, as different as two people can be. Fern is fair, slender, and tall while Rose was a shorter, plump child, with darker hair. Eventually Rose was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes while Fern struggles with sensory processing disorder. Rose had been the more outgoing child while Fern had and still does shrink from noises, light, smells and all the things that bombard her senses. Rose is Fern's protector and this protection continues into their late twenties, e ...more
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)
***HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY, DON'T MISS THIS ONE***

This is the second book I’ve read by Sally Hepworth and it’s phenomenal. It’s so much more than I thought it was going to be, part family drama, part mystery, part exploration of how people on the low spectrum of Asperger’s syndrome function in our society.

Rose Castle and her sister Fern are twins, but they could not be more different. They even look very different. Fern is tall and willowy, Rose is short and “round” as her mother always called he
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Meredith
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
“My sister holds the key to my sanity.”

3.5 stars

The Good Sister is a highly entertaining, psychological thriller/domestic drama about twin sisters, and the lengths one sister will go to get what she desires, even if it means costing her twin her sanity.


Twin sisters Fern and Rose are extremely close. Fern is on the spectrum, and Rose makes sure her twin is taken care of, something she has done since they were children. When one twin needs something, the other is there. But one of these twins is C
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Deanna
Apr 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, 2021, my-favorites
My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...

A diabolical and compelling read filled with emotional drama that tugs at the heartstrings and entertains with its twists and turns.

Twenty-eight-year-old twin sisters Rose and Fern are completely different in both looks and personality. Fern works as a librarian. She's not your typical librarian. She wears her hair like Princess Leia (it’s practical!) and she’s partial to bright and sparkly clothing adorned with things
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Yun
Apr 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-review-copy
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.
Fraternal twins Fern and Rose are as close as two sisters can be. Fern has sensory processing issues, and Rose has looked out for her all her life. When Fern unexpected comes across a chance at love, secrets from their past start to surface. And soon, it's not at all clear who really is The Good Sister.

I found the initial chapters of the book to b
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Miranda Reads
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Tina
This is a Psychological Thriller that I have saw so much about it. The first Fern chapter I read I know that the Fern character has Autism, but the book never says that is what she has. I do not want to say to much about the book because it being a thriller I want to not give away anything. The characters are developed very well, and the storyline was great. The twisted where not super big, but they where really good. I loved everything about this book. I am so glad I decided to read this book. ...more
Farrah
May 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe I originally put this on my SKIP-IT list! The cover and the title made me think I wouldn't like it. Luckily I paid attention to other reviewers who obviously know better than me because I loved this book!

The writing and the plot were so captivating that I probably would have read the whole thing in a single sitting if I could have.

And Fern 😍..... What a great character. She really added to my enjoyment.

I'll definitely be reading anything Hepworth puts out in the future.
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Kat
This was my first Sally Hepworth novel, but after reading this, it definitely won’t be my last … this was really good! I was expecting a psychological thriller, but it’s more of a domestic suspense/mystery and family drama heavy on the psychology. What surprised me most though, was the unexpected heartwarming romance that drove much of the plot. I went in expecting cold, calculating, hand-twisting characters and was met with Fern and “Wally”, one of the quirkiest, most charming and sweet pair I’ ...more
daph pink ♡
4.25 stars ✨

Before anything else , I had zero expectations from this book like I wanted it to be good because all the new releases have so far been a huge disappointment for me. But SUPRISE this turns out to be really good.

Moving on, the beginning almost felt like a fun contemporary novel albeit with a sense of dread building with each word.


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Sisterly relationships are so strange in this way. The way I can be mad at Rose but still want to please her. Be terrified of her and also want to run
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Jayme
HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!

I have LOVED all of the Sally Hepworth novels that I have read so far, so I was thrilled to be invited to read a VERY early ARC of her latest , directly by the Publisher through NetGalley.

I just couldn’t WAIT any longer to read it!

She truly excels at DOMESTIC SUSPENSE, and this was her best yet!

Rose and Fern are fraternal twins who are as different inside as they are outside.

Fern has Sensory Processing Issues and is often overwhelmed by loud noises, bright lights, and
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megs_bookrack
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
**4.5-stars**

Fern and Rose are fraternal twins, and as often happens with twins, they are opposites in many ways.

From the outside, the difference seems clear; Rose is the responsible one, while Fern is the quirky one. The Good Sister follows both of their perspectives, gaining an inside view to their fascinating relationship.



Rose has placed herself in a quasi-caregiver role for Fern, who is codependent in her interactions with Rose. So much so, that when she discovers Rose cannot become pregnan
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JanB
Nov 01, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. To be clear, I consider a 3 star rating to be a good, enjoyable read.

Sister relationships are complicated, and fraternal twins, Fern and Rose, have a more complicated relationship than most.

Fern is on the spectrum and has sensory processing disorder. Rose has been her best friend and protector since they were young children growing up in an abusive household. Fern knows she could never make it on her own. She is indebted to her sister for many things and comes up with a plan to repay
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Peter
Mar 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Contrivance
The Good Sister is a cleverly imagined story of sibling relationships and influences, especially as they are twins with one more dominant than the other. There is a backdrop of danger and uncertainty, as one of the sisters has a destructive personality disorder. The plot is extremely well delivered with a horrible secret hanging over the family, and a sociopathic mother that targets her displeasure and wrath at one daughter in particular.

Fern and Rose Castle are twin sisters and have
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Sally Hepworth
May 13, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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An engrossing and suspenseful drama about secrets, lies and the complicated bond between sisters

This is a story about twin sisters and their bond,
This is a story about childhood trauma,
This is a story about what it's like to be on the Autistic spectrum, with Sensory Processing Disorder,
This is a story about boundaries,
This is a story which asks what makes a good sister?


It's been a long time since I devoured this book in a day, and stayed up very late to finish it, but The G
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Julie
Jun 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth is a 2021 St. Martin’s Press publication.

Fern and Rose are fraternal twins. Yet, Rose is stable and mature, while Fern is on the autism spectrum. After a tumultuous childhood, Rose looks after her sister, who works at a library. Because Fern once did something really, really, bad, and because Rose’s marriage has hit a rough patch, Fern wants to make everyone happy again- and she knows just what she can do to make that happen.

While Rose is away, Fern sets her p
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Brandice
Apr 21, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to The Good Sister on a roadtrip last week, almost entirely in one sitting. Domestic suspense with a heavy dose of subtle humor, I was laughing often as I listened.

Fern and Rose are fraternal twins in their late 20s. Fern has sensory processing issues — She doesn’t like loud noises, big crowds, or disruption to her routine, which includes her job at the library and dinner 3 nights a week with Rose. When Fern finds out Rose is unable to become pregnant, she plans to have a baby for he
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karen
i've never read anything by sally hepworth before, although The Mother-in-Law has been recommended to me by several people. despite their impassioned "you need to read this!" beseechments, i never felt any urgency to pick it up. it seemed like it would probably be fine—middlebrow domestic suspense, maybe a decent twist, but there wasn't anything about it that struck me as special.

but hell, i've misjudged a book before.

if this hadn't shown up at my house in a box FAR too big to ignore, i probabl
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Terrie Robinson
"The Good Sister" by Sally Hepworth is a Domestic Thriller, a bit of Mystery, with doses of Suspense and Sister Drama mixed in!

Paternal twins Fern and Rose look nothing alike. They don't act alike either. They are different is every way...

Fern is a Librarian. She has Sensory Processing Disorder. Being around a lot of people, bright lights and noisy places are triggers for Fern. Emotional triggers. She needs structure and consistency in her everyday life. Being a Librarian gives her that. Rose
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Michael David
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY!

What do you get when you throw a domestic drama, a budding and original romance, and a simmering thriller with unexpected turns into a blender? THE GOOD SISTER.

Fern and Rose are twins, but are as different as night and day. Fern has sensory issues. Rose has diabetes. Fern has been single for most of her 28 years. Rose is married, although the marriage is estranged. Fern has never even thought about having children. Rose and her husband have always wanted children, but neve
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Debra
Mar 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Rose and Fern. Fern and Rose. Twin sisters and so it goes......

It seems that it has always been the two of them looking out for each other...well, Rose looks out for Fern. Rose is a married woman who wants to have a baby while Fern will happily tell you that she is a librarian - a quirky printer avoiding librarian. She also wants to help her sister have her heart's desire and this is where things get interesting.

The novel is told from both Rose and Fern's viewpoints. We also gain insight through
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Sheyla ✎
There was something about this novel that made me love it.

I don't know if it was Fern with the way she processed the world or if it was Wally and his hat or if it was the way the author decided on the resolution of the suspense. I just ended up being delighted by it!

Could I guess where the story was going? Certainly. Yet, I love and appreciate the delivery!

The book is about two fraternal twins.

Fern Castle is a tall blonde girl who has sensory processing disorder. She prefers to follow her rout
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Kaceey
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
Twin sisters are supposed to be as close as, well...two peas in a pod! Right!?👭🏽

At least that’s the way it worked out for twins Fern and Rose. With Rose taking on the responsibility of looking after Fern. She has sensory issues that have consumed her life. And a past that Rose isn’t about to let her forget.

Sisters! Oy! Could I write an encyclopedia-size book on that subject!
But I digress…


For these two, the question is when does a functional loving ‘sisterly’ relationship stop being healthy? Well
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Holly  B
A domestic drama about twin sisters that entertained all the way to the end!

Fern and Rose are fraternal twins and very protective of each other. They grew up with a mom who wasn't always looking out for them and they didn't have the best of childhoods, but they had each other.

I enjoyed the characters and though somewhat predictable, I was surprised by one turn of events. If you love some twin sister drama, this one is sure to entertain and you will be quite entertained as the whole baby
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Regina
Nov 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The initial publisher's description of The Good Sister used these adjectives: "spine tingling, creepy, utterly compelling and unpredictable," While my spine didn't tingle, I didn't get any creeps, and I found the story pretty predictable, I 100% was utterly compelled to keep the pages turning.

I'm also now compelled to go back and read the author's earlier novels, because it's obvious Sally Hepworth has a gift for storytelling and character development. The Good Sister is the sto
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Liz
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Once again, Sally Hepworth has tackled family dynamics and done a great job. Rose and Fern are twin sisters. They grew up with a difficult, possibly sociopathic, mother. Because Fern was “different”, obviously somewhere on the Asperger’s spectrum, Rose became her protector.
The chapters alternate between the two sisters, who are now 28. Rose is desperate to have a baby. But her marriage isn’t in great shape and she’s got fertility issues. Fern decides to help achieve her sister’s goal. And that’
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Brenda ~Traveling Sister Book Reviews
The Good Sister is an overhyped books that does not need any hype because Sally Hepworth can stand on her own. I have not read all her books but have read her last two books before this one and loved them all. She has established her place and style as a great story writer!! I have been struggling a bit with overhyped books breaking my reading groove and I was worried this was going to be another book that didn't "live up to the hype". I had nothing to worry about because Sally Hepworth writing ...more
Susanne
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
Review published on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...

Wickedly Devine.

Sisters. They REALLY Can’t be Trusted, Can They?

Speaking from experience, I’d say that answer is no. (And I really am “The Good Sister.” (JK!))

Baaawaaahh!!!


What can I tell you about this Wildly Captivating, Entertaining, and Enthralling Domestic Thriller?

It’s DEVILISH.

It’s Fun.

It’s Crazy.

And it’s Hella Good!


Is it a tad predictable? Yes. Admittedly, I guessed what would happen early on but it didn’t take away f
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Sally Hepworth is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, most recently The Good Sister, which was an instant bestseller.

Sally's books have been heralded “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”
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