Sunday, 17 September 2017

Review: The Good Sister by Jess Ryder

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.

A nail-bitingly tense and unputdownable read that will keep you turning pages into the night. Perfect for fans of Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train and Sister Sister.

Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Expected publication: August 16th 2017 by Bookouture 
Genre: Psychological Thriller

Kristine's Thoughts:

** I received an advanced readers copy from Bookouture in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!**

There was a lot to like about this book. It captured my attention from the start with a mysterious phone call and a deadly accident. There were immediate questions in my mind and I wanted the answers. Always a good thing when just beginning a book. Then Josie and Valentina discover each other and things began to get even more intense.

My initial thoughts on this book were quite positive but as I continued reading I have to admit that it did wear on me a little. I like plot twists as much as the next guy but I found parts of the story a little too far fetched and unrealistic. Also, the numerous references to the viking heritage were a little annoying and I found that they distracted from the plot a lot. From reading other reviews I guess I am in the minority for feeling this way but each time the viking culture was mentioned in the pages it felt like a speed bump that slowed the progress of the book. I wasn't a fan.

All in all, the book held my attention and the story was good enough that it outweighed the negatives that I mentioned above. There was a creepy factor to the sisterly relationship that I quite enjoyed even if it was slightly predictable.

I look forward to more work from this author.

About the Author
Jess Ryder is a pseudonym of novelist/screenwriter/television producer, Jan Page.
JAN PAGE is a novelist, screenwriter, and television producer, whose experience ranges right across the age spectrum. Over the years, she has written hundreds of episodes of television and thirteen of her plays have been professionally staged. Jan lives in London and is co-founder of Adastra, an independent production company specializing in the children’s sector.

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