Release date: April 13, 2021
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
From the outside, everyone might think Fern and Rose are as close as twin sisters can be: Rose is the responsible one and Fern is the quirky one. But the sisters are devoted to one another and Rose has always been Fern’s protector from the time they were small.
Fern needed protecting because their mother was a true sociopath who hid her true nature from the world, and only Rose could see it. Fern always saw the good in everyone. Years ago, Fern did something very, very bad. And Rose has never told a soul. When Fern decides to help her sister achieve her heart’s desire of having a baby, Rose realizes with growing horror that Fern might make choices that can only have a terrible outcome. What Rose doesn’t realize is that Fern is growing more and more aware of the secrets Rose, herself, is keeping. And that their mother might have the last word after all.
I love Sally Hepworth and usually find her books to be really captivating page turners that are always super entertaining for me. She’s an excellent author, one of my go to most trusted ones in fact, but there was something missing in her latest for me unfortunately.
Things started off strong for me, I loved the sister dynamic and was pulled in instantly. Where u think things went wrong for me was me guessing where it was all heading very early on. Like before 25 percent of the book early on and of course my suspicions weren’t confirmed until the very end which made for a pretty long and tedious wait for me. I kept hoping I was wrong and things weren’t going in what I thought was an obvious direction but I was right. Sigh. Look, if I guess the twist in a thriller it just ruins it for me, plain and simple. This isn’t bad by any means, just wasn’t great for me but I’ve already talked to a few friends who loved it and never saw anything coming. Take this review with a grain of salt, maybe you’ll be blindsided. Especially true if you’re a fan of the author, she’s really good, here’s hoping she can trick me with her next book.
Overall rating: 3/5
Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.