REVIEW: THE GOOD SISTER, BY SALLY HEPWORTH


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.

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 alternating narration of twins Rose and Fern hooked me from the very first page. It didn’t take long for me to love Fern and be suspicious of Rose. There was something so controlling and manipulative about Rose, and even though her diary entries seemed to point to a different kind of assessment of the two of them, I wasn’t buying it.

The Good Sister, in my opinion, was Fern all along.

As the story takes us through their daily lives, we are drawn in by how Rose manages to spin a tale that reels Fern in, allowing her to control what Fern does in her personal life, including her relationship with the interesting man Fern calls Wally.

Fern’s sensory issues, in which she misses social cues at times, makes her mistrust her own choices, especially when Rose is reinforcing this assessment all along.

By the end of the story, I was wanting to call out to Fern, telling her to only trust herself and Wally. A book that I could not put down, this story earned 5 stars.

***My e-ARC came from the publisher via NetGalley.

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REVIEW: THE PUSH, BY ASHLEY AUDRAIN

Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had.But in the thick of motherhood’s exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter—she doesn’t behave like most children do.

Or is it all in Blythe’s head? Her husband, Fox, says she’s imagining things. The more Fox dismisses her fears, the more Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well.

Then their son Sam is born—and with him, Blythe has the blissful connection she’d always imagined with her child. Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth.

Even though the protagonist in The Push seems like an unreliable narrator, I began to trust her version of events because of the dismissive way that her husband is treating her. And the more time we spend with Violet, I felt that scary intensity that comes from huge red flags.

I knew that nothing good would come of this family, and as we learn more and more about Blythe’s childhood and her mother and grandmother, I knew that everything stemmed from those past connections.

But what is really going on with Violet? Is her father reinforcing her dysfunctional relationship with Blythe? Is he truly oblivious to her flaws and issues?

I kept turning the pages, wanting to find out more. All the while, I am questioning what I believe and doubting what is right in front of us. Until finally we know the truth. A five star read.

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