The Good Sister by Jess Ryder is the ultimate, dysfunctional family, dirty little secrets kind of story. It was a bit shorter than my usual reading material, a mere 230 pages, but those 230 pages pack a punch.
Succinct and to the point.
It was straightforward, to the point, with little pussyfooting around. For a shorter novel, it had great character development, and I enjoyed the added touches with the Viking history.
As the title suggests, this story revolves around a pair of sisters, Josie and Valentina.
When Josie’s beloved father dies, she very quickly discovers that he had a secret family. Josie is both disturbed and excited to learn that she had a half sister, Valentina.
They look strikingly similar, but that is pretty much the only thing they have in common. But Josie and Valentina couldn’t be more polar opposite otherwise.
Although this is a quick read, it is still full of twists and turns. There are several “gasping” moments. And at one point, I had to go back and re-read the prologue and first chapter to look for clues I might have missed.
It is a little creepy how their lives mirrored each others from childhood. Their dad told them the same stories, called them both Viking princesses, and they even had the same necklaces. It sort of ties in with the mirrored images of the girls on the front cover.
I also enjoyed Josie’s boyfriend Arun. Although he held a secret of his own (involving the sisters, of course), he loved Josie with all his heart and was such a good guy.
All the stars for The Good Sister.
I teetered between four and five stars. It was such an enjoyable story, so the short length was a bit of a turn off for me. But then I reminded myself that not all good stories have to be long. Jess Ryder’s The Good Sister was succinct and well told. Five stars it is.
Thank you Netgalley, Bookouture, and Jess Ryder for an advanced copy of The Good Sister. My opinions are my own.
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