The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth [Book Review]

Book Review

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Title: The Good Sister

Author: Sally Hepworth

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publish Date: April 13, 2021

Genre: Domestic Suspense

Series: na

My Rating: 4/5

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth


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 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 get 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 what families keep hidden.

The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth


The Good Sister is a twisty domestic suspense about sisters. Fern and Rose are fraternal twins with a complicated relationships.

Fern and Rose are in their late twenties. Fern is on the spectrum, and Rose has always been her protector. Fern works at a library and lives a structured life. Rose is married and lives a seemingly perfect life. Rose wants a baby, but she is unable to conceive. Fern decides to help… she will carry a baby for her sister. In this way, she can help the sister who has always helped her. Unfortunately, the sisters had a troubled childhood. As secrets from their past are slowly revealed, things become even more complicated.

The Good Sister is told with alternating points of view, and includes past and present events. Fern’s point of view is in the present, while Rose’s point of view is in the past. Rose’s viewpoint is told using diary entries from their childhood. With the alternating viewpoints, sometimes it’s hard to tell which one is the good sister.

A captivating read for fans of domestic thrillers. The Good Sister combines family drama, mystery, and a little romance.

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Books by Sally Hepworth:
  1. The Mother’s Promise
  2. The Family Next Door
  3. The Mother-in-Law
  4. The Good Sister
  5. The Younger Wife
  6. The Soulmate
  7. Darling Girls

4 thoughts on “The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth [Book Review]

  1. I loved this one, Darinda. I love your comment that sometimes it is hard to tell which one is The Good Sister. I agree, the ending blew me away.

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