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The Good Sister

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Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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An electrifying novel about the unyielding bond between two sisters, which is severely tested when one of them is accused of the worst imaginable crime.

Martha and Becky Blackwater are more than sisters - they're each other's lifelines. When Martha finds herself struggling to balance early motherhood and her growing business, Becky steps in to babysit her niece, Layla, without a second thought, bringing the two women closer than ever. But then the unthinkable happens, and Becky is charged with murder. 

Nine months later, Becky is on trial and maintains her innocence - and so does Martha. Unable to shake the feeling that her sister couldn't possibly be guilty, Martha sets out to uncover exactly what happened that night and how things could have gone so wrong. As the trial progresses, fault lines between the sisters begin to show - revealing cracks deep in their relationship and threatening the family each has worked so hard to build. 

With incredible empathy and resounding emotional heft, The Good Sister is a powerhouse of a novel that will lead listeners to question everything they know about motherhood, family, and the price of forgiveness.

Read by Imogen Church, Charlie Sanderson, Andy Cresswell, Jan Cramer, Penny Andrews, Cassie Layton, Rachael Beresford, and Malk Williams.

©2019 Gillian McAllister (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"With The Good Sister, Gillian McAllister explores the exclusionary power of intimacy. She captures that feeling of being in the circle of trust, outside of it. You come away with whiplash from empathizing with each character, even the judge. This is a deeply gratifying, taut courtroom drama and so much more. I don't know how Gillian did it, but I'm so happy she did." (Caroline Kepnes, author of You and Providence)

“I’ve just raced through the impressive The Good Sister. Loved this gripping and thought-provoking read!” (B. A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors

"I read it in a breathless day and a half. Such a perfect balance of courtroom drama and family drama, so smooth and assured, it just flowed, seamlessly. I loved every page, every character, every twist and turn." (Lisa Jewell, author of Then She Was Gone

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“Not for me”

I’m having such a hard time fathoming how three authors whose work I’ve enjoyed endorsed this completely toneless book. Couldn’t get through the endless droning of testimony and utterly insipid characters, Ugh.

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THE GOOD SISTER was not GOOD

If you like watching and listening to paint drip, THE GOOD SISTER is for you.

The book was very, very, very slow moving and I just could not get into it. I was unable to finish the book and asked for a credit.

To sum up: this book is definitely not a good use of 12 hours and 39 minutes of your time.

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A domestic whodunit

The Good Sister is a courtroom drama that pits sister against sister after a tragic event. The expert witnesses’ facts show what really happened so this is a cut and dry case. Or is it?

Gillian McAllister’s story is told from the perspectives of sisters Martha and Becky, other family members and assorted witnesses over the course of the trial. I had this case solved – a few times. I was so sure and then I wasn’t.

I was drawn into the novel because I could sympathize with both sisters in how they dealt with caring for a baby who cried almost constantly. Their guilty feelings over that and other individual issues added emotional layers to the story. Despite that, I didn’t quite connect to the characters. They seemed a bit flat. I don’t read many courtroom dramas so I don’t know how this fits in the realm for readers who do but I can say The Good Sister was a fast read that kept me invested to the very end when all was revealed.

I enjoyed listening to a cast of narrators. Since there were so many characters it helped to hear them voiced.