The Good Sister by Jess Ryder @bookouture

Good Sister.jpgTwo 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.


I have been looking for an addictive thriller. Sadly, most of the books that I have read ended up not quite meeting my expectations. However, that changed when I started reading The Good Sister by Jess Ryder. I started reading it last Sunday after church and ended up getting through it in just one sitting. I didn’t do anything else that afternoon.

The story begins with the death of Josie’s father. Soon afterwards, Josie discovers that her father had a secret family and she has a sister. The two ladies look very alike. However, they lead very different lives. Valentina is on the wild side with her all black outfits and love for the party life. She is jobless and basically surviving on handouts from friends and family. On the other hand, Josie comes from a good, stable family. She lives with her boyfriend Arun, has a great relationship with her parents and has a good job. How different can two sisters be?

This book is so full of twists. Everyone had a secret. And just when you think that the revelations have ended, a new secret comes up. I was knocked off my feet/seat a couple of times and kept screaming, ‘Whaaat!’ at each reveal.  The twists were that good. Other times, I was just screaming at the characters. It was frustrating how trusting one of the sisters was. One of the characters just annoyed me with her crazy antics. Yes, I was that emotionally invested in the narrative.

The story is told through alternating chapters narrated by Valentina and Josie. Each chapter starts with a Viking fact which I really enjoyed. Some of the facts set the pace/tone for the chapters and hence heightened the excitement of getting into each one. The chapters are not labeled using narrator names so you have to read-on  to find out who the narrator is. Towards the end, chapter narrators remains a mystery until later on. I had my suspicions about the narrators but I still enjoyed the reveals.

This book is brilliant and Jess Ryder created a masterpiece psychological thriller. I loved everything about it, the mystery, writing, twisted characters and all the secrets. The final scene was epic. Seriously, it was! If you haven’t read any books by Jess Ryder, you really should. She does seem to like the themes of lies, secrets and deceit which she tackles masterfully. Okay, just read this book.

Here is my review of her previous book, Lie to Me.