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The Good Sister
From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one and Fern is the quirky one. But the sisters are devoted to one another and Rose has always been Fern's protector from the time they were small.
Fern needed protecting because their mother was a true sociopath who hid her true nature from the world, and only Rose could see it. Fern always saw the good in everyone. Years ago, Fern did something very, very bad. And Rose has never told a soul. When Fern decides to help her sister achieve her heart's desire of having a baby, Rose realizes with growing horror that Fern might make choices that can only have a terrible outcome. What Rose doesn't realize is that Fern is growing more and more aware of the secrets Rose, herself, is keeping. And that their mother might have the last word after all.
My thoughts: 3.5 Stars
This book was.... well, this book was actually really good! I am trying to branch out more with the type of books I pick up and read. This was one of those, "Well, let's give it a try!" reads. I was definitely not disappointed. The story focuses on twin sisters, Fern and Rose. Rose is seemingly normal and perfect from the outside, with the usual quirks that makes anyone their own unique person. Rose's POV take place in the journal that she keeps. She explores her and Fern's childhood and their mama drama. Rose is no afraid to get into the dark and horrible things that she experienced in her childhood. As an adult, her marriage is falling apart and she desperately wants a baby of her own.
Fern is a different type of person. She focuses on her immediate surroundings. She is sensitive to sounds, crowds, lights, etc. She enjoys her job as a librarian and has dinner with her sister at least three times a week. The two sisters have a close bond. One thing that always sticks in Fern's mind, however, is something tragic that happened in her childhood that she will never let herself forget. She does not trust herself because of this incident, and it keeps her from forming a bond with other people. One day, Fern discovers that her sister desperately wants a baby but is unable to have one of her own. Being the good sister that she is, she comes up with a plan to help her sister get that baby. What she does not realize is that by trying to help her sister have her dream baby, her whole world will start to unravel. Suddenly people are not who she thought they were. They have their own motives that she is not able to understand. What is a constant, however, is her job and her coworkers... and that guy with a funny hat that she bumps into one day while on the job who looks just a bit like Wally from "Where's Wally?"
This was an enjoyable read and I loved how the author weaved the story. There was definite character growth and the story became a bit disturbing (in the best way) near the end before the grand reveal.