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.


Jess Ryder is the pseudonym of Jan Page, author, screenwriter, playwright and award-winning television producer.  After many years working in children’s media, she has recently embarked on a life of crime.  Writing, that is. Her other big love is making pots.

My Review 

Jess Ryder earlier this year won her way into my heart with her writing of her novel Lie to Me.

The Good Sister is her second book and again while I can’t say it was love as none of the characters I really liked.  I did love the story.

This book reminded me a lot of a soap opera program.  I mean it just seemed bizarre and so unlikely to happen.  However sometimes the unbelievable is what gets you wanting more.

Two families with one father.  When the father does it brings out this whole mess and you get to meet both sides of the equation.

The characters are almost unlikable.  Josie drives me crazy as she seems to be so gullible and naive.  It annoys me as she took everything at face value and just really seemed to hide her true feelings.  While I didn’t like the character she was well written  and had a lot of issues that she had to go through.

Valentina was an interesting character who really seemed to just be the constant victim who turns things around and becomes the aggressor.   She is a bad influence on Jessie but it seems all she wants to do is have fun.

The premise of the book is the other family and that the secret of one man could throw someone else’s life into the darkest place you can imagine.  A perfect example of how psychological trauma can affect you.  

All in all the book was very good and surprised me with how well the author could write with what seems like an outlandish tale.  Jess Ryder is a versatile writer and I can’t wait to see what else will come from this author in the future.

Jess Ryder is becoming a master at her craft. She writes with purpose and intensity using psychology to make the readers fall for her books.

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