With thanks to Netgalley and Bookoutre for this ARC in exchange for an open and honest review.
Jess Ryder hit the ground running earlier this year with her debut novel Lie To Me. I am so glad I was given the chance to read her second book The Good Sister.
Jerome Macauliffe had been receiving malicious texts from someone threatening to reveal a secret. He decided to go out for a night time run on his motorbike but lost control and drove into a tree killing him instantly.
Jerome worked in Manchester as a teacher during the week and returned home to London during the weekends. When Jerome's daughter Josie went to clear his house in Manchester he discovered Jerome had another daughter called Valentina. Josie and Valentina look similar and Josie is only 5 days older than Valentina. But that is where the similarity ends, Josie is responsible, has a good job and is living with her boyfriend Arun. Valentina on the other hand is unemployed, had dubious friends and takes drugs.
Josie is devastated that her father had two families one in London and one in Manchester. Josie's mother is grief stricken over Jerome and she decides not tell her about Valentina. Valentina is manipulative and Josie is warned by Arun to keep away from her.
However Josie is drawn to Valentina and refuses to listen. Slowly Valentina inveigles her way into Josie and Arun's life destroying Josie in the process.
The Good Sister is only 230 pages but a lot happens in those pages. This book was a true psychological thriller that messed with my mind. The second part of this book was fantastic. I was hit by so many revelations it gave me concussion. This book was told from the POV of Josie and Valentina. If I had one criticism the chapters were not headed so you were not intially sure whose voice you were reading but you could easily tell the characters apart.
Brilliant storytelling, well done.