• The Good Sister

  • A Twisty, Dark Psychological Thriller That Will Have You Gripped
  • By: Jess Ryder
  • Narrated by: Annette Chown
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 21-08-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bookouture
  • 4 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

Regular price: £23.49

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Summary

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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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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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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  • NJF33
  • Bristol UK
  • 13-10-18

Twisty and deep

An excellent listen- felt very confused at times and thought I had missed something. However all is revealed at the end. Makes this a gripping tale very hard to stop listening to. Ended up listening into the night.

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Fantastic!

This is the second book by Jess Ryder that I’ve listened to, and like the first (Ex Wife), have been hooked from beginning to end! The characters have so much depth and the narrative is dark and thrilling! I highly recommend!

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Loved it

My 2nd listen of the week by this author and she's fab! Anymore?! :) great twists you don't expect

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Struggled

This was a good story but unfortunately not gripping enough for me, I struggled to finish it

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Not as twisty dark and psychological as described

good listen but was a little confused as to which girl was which at the beginning due to the narrator sounding similar on both but it became clear later on.

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Seemed to have promise in the beginning...

But left me feeling underwhelmed and unfulfilled. Having just listened to Jess Ryder's The Ex-Wife, which I found utterly brilliant, I was eager to listen to The Good Sister. Unfortunately I didn't find this story nearly as interesting, the characters felt underdeveloped and a little dull. I found some reactions to events to be peculiar to the point it broke immersion in the tale for me and I didn't feel as though all the loose ends were satisfactorily wrapped up in the end. I think this book had a lot of potential that didn't quite work out for one reason or another. That being said, there were some wonderfully written parts and Jess Ryder seems to be really very adept at describing appearances and environments. The brief segments about the Vikings were compelling and thoughtfully used throughout.

Annette Chown's performance was great, conveying both vulnerability and strength when needed. I'm unaware as to Chown's age, but I felt she perfectly performed the roles of Josie and Valentina, sounding as you'd expect women their age to (I've not always found this to be the case with all audio book performances.) More than having just read the story, Chown acted it out beautifully, with care and attention.

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Disappointed

First 3 chapters set the scene - but then you could skip to last few chapters where it all happens (nothing much occurs in between). I was looking forward to "a Twisty, Dark Psychological Thriller" .. but this is not that book! Did enjoy the Viking references though which makes it a 2 star.

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Thrilling to the End

Great story line with interesting twists all the way through to the end Would recommend this Audiobook.

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  • meg
  • 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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  • MarisaReads
  • 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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  • Dana
  • 12-09-17

Very dramatic, a couple of intense twists!

Where does The Good Sister rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I really enjoyed this book, the characters had depth. The story moved along and kept me wanting to listen!

What does Annette Chown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I loved her narration, however, I wish there had been more of a difference between Josie and Valentina. Sometimes it was difficult to tell which one was speaking.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked when Josie and Valentina first meet - I can imagine their shock and confusion!

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  • Kellie
  • 03-11-17

Oh my....

This book was one of the best books I’ve read this year due to the twists. The book dragged a bit in parts, and it was difficult to tell which character was speaking but after a while you figured it out. I figured out one twist- but DEFINITELY did NOT see the other twists coming!!!! My goodness that was some creative writing! Lifetime needs to turn this into a movie lol! Loved it!!! Excellent book, would definitely recommend!

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  • Kristine
  • 17-10-18

Strange, unfulfilling, story

I finished the book, as the reviews I read previous to buying it talked about an exciting ending...I kept waiting for it, but it never happened. This book was not for me.

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  • Susan Reiser
  • 26-09-18

Viking intros

Each chapter has a Viking fact as the first line. Reading the book , this may be helpful but listening it was extremely disruptive. Especially in a psychological thriller,I wanted to get to the next part of the plot. Also made it harder to finds one’s place if needed to go back.
Her second book I found much better. A few good twists on this one but the final outcome was obvious early on

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  • Sandra
  • 05-09-18

great plot twists

the story was well written and had great twists but the main character was a bit on the dumb side.

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  • nicole
  • 01-09-18

Ending left so many open questions. DISAPPOINTING

Thought I would take a chance on a British Novel. Was very disappointed. The story was decent, but it left so much unanswered like why did Dr. Banister do what she did? What about the relationship between Sophie and Josie? Why was Josie so passive? I don't think I would even listen to anything else by this author if she is going to leave so much unanswered.

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  • Kelly
  • 29-08-18

Good Premise, but didn’t come through

The storyline was good and it had a lot of potential, but there was too much of some things and not nearly enough of others – it was pretty easy to figure out but even that was a letdown. It just could have been much more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-08-18

Slow beginning - but the end is worth it.

The beginning of this book didn't catch the reader (listener) right away. The pieces to the story were intermingled and it is not until the end that it all makes sense. A good listen and once you start putting pieces together, it's great!