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Book Review: Women’s Fiction

Posted on Aug 7, 2017 |

The Good Sister by Jess Ryder


Women’s Fiction

This novel is told from multiple first-person perspectives about a privileged family, the Warners. It’s also told from the perspective of the caretaker, Matt, and the cleaning woman, Maggie Sue. The Warner family is not easy to like. They come together in Nantucket every summer.

We know that something bad happens over the Fourth of July holiday, and as the different characters tell their side of the story, bits and pieces of what is assumed to be an accident emerge, as does their lifetime of resentments and regrets. There is the daughter, uptight Caroline, who married a nice guy and is hyper protective of her twelve-year-old daughter because of her own experience. There is Tom, the brother Caroline bickers with endlessly. The mother, Alice, has the most distinct voice because of her aversion to technology and change. She resents people moving to Nantucket and building or renovating houses.

I liked the pacing of the story, but the characters weren’t particularly likeable, and I’m not sure the subplot and mystery were fully revealed. I don’t mind books that make you think for yourself, but even so, this was a little too vague for my liking.

Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.

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