• The Good Sister

  • A Twisty, Dark Psychological Thriller That Will Have You Gripped
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 21-08-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bookouture
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.1 (48 ratings)


There are two sides to every secret.
When her beloved father dies, Josie is devastated to uncover a secret life he has led with another family: another house, another woman, and a half sister, Valentina.
Born in the same week, in the same hospital, they look so physically alike they could be mistaken for twins. But the similarities end there....
Josie is sweet and reserved, a counsellor with the perfect boyfriend and the perfect life. Valentina is damaged and reckless, and she always gets what she wants.
But what she wants is Josie's life, and she'll stop at nothing until she has it.
A tense, pause-resisting story that will keep you listening into the night. Perfect for fans of Louise Jensen, Claire Douglas, and Sue Fortin.
©2017 Jess Ryder (P)2017 Bookouture
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5 out of 5 stars
By Hollybear on 20-09-17

Twists and turns, fabulous read

I really loved this story, captures the imagination of how you would feel if you found out things weren't as you always knew in your family. Totally recommend this as a great read.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth B on 19-09-17

Page Turner

I really enjoyed this book . Kept me guessiing all the way. There were several surprising twists, and would recommend it.

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4 out of 5 stars
By MarisaReads on 27-08-17

Entertaining, suspenseful despite some holes

Twisty indeed is a good one-word descriptor for this psychological thriller designed for a maximum mind-bending ride. Sensible Josie loses her beloved father, only to accidentally gain a sister- a half-sister, that is, named Valentina, who it turns out is just as much in the dark as Josie. Valentina and Josie, it turns out, look strikingly similar and were born just days apart from each other in the same hospital! Their whole lives, Dad Jerry had been raising two families, unbeknownst to Josie and her mother; Valentina's mother is the 'other woman' so she was aware of her second class status, but had tried to protect Valentina from that. Unfortunately, Valentina's life has not gone smoothly, and she struggles with the after effects of childhood depression and anxiety and difficult experiences in therapy, and when we meet her in the present day, she is barely hanging on, depending on her now-dead father's financial support to keep her fed and with a working cell phone. Josie and Valentina soon realize that they are quite alone in a world where no one has ever been truthful with them, and they must cope with the fact that their father kept this huge secret- but what other secrets are hiding in the wings waiting to come out?
As the plot unfolds, we see how the sisters are drawn closer while they try to navigate how to handle the situation. However, we see that it's actually Josie who must cope- does she tell her fragile mother what was going on? How does she manage her boyfriend's and her uncle's insistence that she stay away from Valentina? And this Josie feels pulled in many different directions- loyalty to her sister who she sees as vulnerable, versus duty toward her family. Meanwhile, some serious negative energy is casting its line about, seeing how far it can pull Josie and Valentina under.
The first 3/4 of the book kept me reading, but I was waiting for something big to happen. I could feel the tension creeping in like tendrils of morning glory wanting to take over certain characters' lives, and the suspense was building- but then, I finally got what I really wanted in the last 1/4 of the book and that's when it became a knockout. I was hooked til the end. I only wish some of my lingering questions were answered. I feel like some of the questions and mysteries raised early on in the story were either never answered at all, or were only hinted at later in a vague way that left too little information for the reader to try and guess what actually happened in the character's past, especially Valentina, whose past should have been delved into much more deeply to shed light on what made her tick as an adult. Despite these gaps and a few threads left loose, this book still satisfies, and the overall listening experience- great narration!- warrants 4 stars and a recommendation that readers pick up "The Good Sister!"

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By meg on 15-03-18

really really really good

I started this book and wasn't sure I would finish it because it did start slow. but I continued to read and was really happy thast I did the surprise ending was just that I didn't see it coming. I loved this book

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