The Good Sister is a twisty story about twins who have an unconventional upbringing. They are devoted to one another and you'll learn more about their relationship through journals as written by Rose. Fern is the sister who is completely dependent on Rose yet is quite a capable young woman, one who doesn't realize her potential and abilities.
Fern is so likeable but there is something a bit off about her. She has a keen mind for detail and a practical way of examining a situation. Black and white with no gray area, as an engineer, socially awkward yet confident.
Rose appears to have her life together, has a lovely home and clearly takes care of Fern. Still, Rose's husband has left her and she wants to have a baby. Right from the beginning you will see how Rose manipulates Fern, steers her a particular direction so it seems it's Fern's idea.
We read about the childhood experiences she and Fern endure through her journals and their mother is not kind. It's a dysfunctional family drama with hints of the ending surfacing early on in the book. Still, it's well written and I wasn't tempted to put it aside. The sister with the dark side is gradually developed in this story.
Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced readers copy of this book. I was not compensated for the review and opinions are all mine. This book will be published 13 April 2021.
Genre is mystery and thriller/women's fiction.
Sally Hepworth is an Australian author who lives in Melbourne, Australia.