Author : Jess Ryder
Title : The Good Sister
Pages : 230
Publisher .: Bookouture
Publication date : August 16, 2017
Two sisters. One secret. A lie that could destroy them both.
When her father dies, Josie is devastated to uncover he led a secret life: another house, another family and a half-sister called Valentina.
Both with red hair and icy blue eyes, Josie and Valentina could be mistaken for twins. But the similarities end there.
Josie – Sweet, reserved, jealous, thief.
Valentina – Care-free, confident, dangerous, liar.
Two sisters. One survivor.
You know how you’ve been on this massive rollercoaster ride and you get off and your legs are all wobbly and the world is spinning and you need to sit down? Yeah, that.
When Josie’s much beloved father dies while riding his motorcycle late at night, she’s left devastated. But things soon get even worse when she discovers her father has been leading a double life for years and has another woman and daughter stashed away. Josie and her half-sister Valentina look so much alike that they could be twins. But they are very different from one another and their lives have taken quite different paths as well.
Josie’s father was obsessed with all things relating to the Vikings and I have to say that I absolutely loved how each chapter began with some Viking knowledge. These aren’t just random facts and tidbits. They truly add to the atmosphere and make for one cohesive theme. The chapters and points of view alternate between the two half-sisters but it’s not always obvious from the start which sister is talking so Jess Ryder keeps you guessing for a while, especially when we get nearer the end of the story, when the lines become a bit blurred and you’re having a hard time keeping them apart. Fabulously done!
I felt the characters were all realistic and believable, even if I rolled my eyes at their stupidity and lack of judgment at certain points along the way. Josie particularly seemed a tad too naive sometimes. However, it did add to the whole “holy cow, who can you even trust anymore?” vibe that flowed through the story.
The Good Sister is so incredibly dark and twisty! The twists and turns had me reeling. This story has one heck of a devilish plot and is brilliantly suspenseful and tense. There was only ever going to be one conclusion that made sense, as the book description mentions “one survivor”, but the journey to get there was a nail-biting one. I found this psychological thriller to be utterly gripping and engrossing. A true and exciting page-turner!
Many thanks to Kim Nash and Bookouture for the opportunity to join the tour and my advanced copy, which I chose to review honestly!
The Good Sister is published today!