The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth - A Book Review


The Good Sister by Sally Hepworth is one of my favourite reads so far in 2021. The author combines two of my favourite genres, Women’s Fiction and Thrillers, which I feel work extremely well together. The book is an engaging story of twin sisters which will have you guessing what is the truth, and what isn’t.

Plot Summary


Rose is the more responsible of the two girls. She views her mother as sociopathic and one who does a great job of hiding this from the rest of the world. Rose feels the need to protect her sister Fern from everyone as Fern only sees the best in everyone. Many years ago, Fern did something that was shocking, but Rose kept her secret. Fern has never forgotten this, so when she realizes her sister is unable to have a baby, Fern decides to have one for her. As this wish becomes a reality, the two sisters begin to see each other in a completely different light.

Book Review


The story is intricately woven with the twists you normally find in a thriller. But there is stronger elements of Women’s Fiction that you might not expect. Indeed, the book is about the relationship of three women despite it being written in a two person narrative. While there are elements of mental illness, this is also a story of family love, as dysfunctional as it can sometimes be. The characters are extremely well developed and the story was dramatic yet moving. I loved the inclusivity of the characters. Without giving too much of the story away, I cheered for one of the characters who I miss now that I’ve completed the book. For me, that is a sign of great writing. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from this author.

What I Liked About The Good Sister:
  • The combination of Women's Fiction and Thriller
  • The in depth character development
  • The highly engaging storyline
  • The inclusivity of the characters
I Recommend This Book To:

Those readers that enjoy Women's Fiction, Stories of Family Function or Thrillers.

Acknowledgments:

Thanks to Netgalley and St Martin’s Press for the ARC of this book in exchange for the honest review provided here.

My rating:
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5.

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Similar Books I've Reviewed:

The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth

Sisters by Michelle Frances

The Girl In The Mirror by Rose Carlyle


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A Summer To Remember by Erika Montgomery - A Preview


Hi everyone! Is anyone else looking forward to warmer weather and beach reads? Today's Preview is A Summer to Remember by Erika Montgomery. This book is being published by St Martin's Press on May 11/21.

Publisher's Description:


"For thirty-year-old Frankie Simon, selling movie memorabilia in the shop she opened with her late mother on Hollywood Boulevard is more than just her livelihood—it’s an enduring connection to the only family she has ever known. But when a mysterious package arrives containing a photograph of her mother and famous movie stars Glory Cartwright and her husband at a coastal film festival the year before Frankie’s birth, her life begins to unravel in ways unimaginable.


What begins is a journey along a path revealing buried family secrets, betrayals between lovers, bonds between friends. And for Frankie, as the past unlocks the present, the chance to learn that memories define who we are, and that they can show us the meaning of home and the magic of true love.

Experience the salty breeze of a Cape Cod summer as it sweeps through this sparkling, romantic, and timeless debut novel tinged with a love of old Hollywood".



Why I Decided to Read A Summer To Remember:


This book falls in the Women's Fiction genre which I always enjoy. I'm also attracted to the nostalgia of vintage Hollywood and the Cape Cod setting.

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Savage Row by Britney King - A Book Review


I love a good thriller every now and then so when I was approached by OrangeSky Audio to listen to Savage Row by Britney King I jumped at the chance.  It has all the suspense and excitement that I want in a thriller combined with all the insight of a Women’s Fiction read.

Plot Summary 


Told from multiple POV, Amy Stone is a wife, mother and real estate salesman.  She’s content with her life but is also ambitious, striving for the gold status with her company.  When she agrees to host an open house for another agent, the last person who she thought she’d see is Jack Mooney, a career criminal whose spent the past decade in jail. He remembers her very well - after all, she sat on the jury that found him guilty.  She’s all he’s been thinking about these past ten years and so for Jack it’s time for revenge.  As Mooney begins his crusade of terrorizing Amy and her family, the police don’t seem to be able to offer much.  Will Amy be able to outwit him before it’s too late and she loses everything?


Book Review


I enjoyed this book, my first for this author, which kept me engaged throughout.  There are several other characters on the periphery of the story who keep you guessing if all the chaos surrounding Amy is solely due to Mooney. The book is a shorter one at around 250 pages, but you’d never know it because so much happens during the course of the book.  The characters are well developed and interesting.  Savage Row has some violent scenes including an incident involving the family dog, so readers should be aware of this going into the book.


Audiobook Review


I listened to the audiobook format of Savage Row which was narrated by Laura Jennings, who really gives a fantastic performance.  I felt as though she was almost whispering at times -  accounting for what had happened so as not to be overheard which provided an interesting layer to the book.  Her voice was clear and expressive and really held my interest.  I listened to the book at my usual 1.25x speed which I found to be comfortable.  I encourage those who enjoy audiobooks to choose this format.



What I Liked About Savage Row:

  • The character development
  • The level of engagement
  • The combination of thriller and women's fiction


I Recommend This Book To:


Those readers who enjoy psychological thrillers from multiple POV.


Acknowledgments:


Thank you to OrangeSky Audio and Netgalley for the ARC of this audiobook in exchange for the honest review provided here.


My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.


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Similar Books I've Reviewed:


Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Don't Look for Me by Wendy Walker



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