Rose and Fern are fraternal twin sisters and they couldn’t be more different. Rose is an interior designer, married and yearns for a child. She suffers from diabetes. Fern works in a library, is kind-hearted and has sensory processing disorder and appears to be on the autism spectrum. While Fern lives on her own, Rose lives nearby and is devoted to caring for her sister as much as possible. The two sisters share a troubled childhood. Abandoned by their father, their mother created a difficult environment for them. And they also share a big secret.
When Fern learns that Rose cannot bear children, she devises a plan to get pregnant and let her sister and her husband raise the child. Fern is grateful for everything Rose has done for her and feels this is the best way to reciprocate. She also feels she would not be a suitable mother. While working in the library, Fern meets Rocco, a sweet man she calls Waldo as he resembles the character in the Where’s Waldo? books. A sweet relationship develops for Fern as Rose’s marriage is having problems.
Everything isn’t exactly what it seems to be as the two sisters’ complicated relationship takes some unexpected twists and turns. To say anything more would be too much. I enjoyed this fast-paced, well-written book that I read in one sitting. The relationship of sisters is a complicated one and this one is a doozy. See if you can figure it all out before the end. And even if you do, it’s still an excellent read.
Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press, author Sally Hepworth and NetGalley for the opportunity to read The Good Sister in advance of its release. It is a book I truly couldn’t put down.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Mystery / Domestic Thriller.
Publication Date: April 13, 2021.
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