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The Good Sister

The Good Sister

3.8 41
by Wendy Corsi Staub

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In New York Times bestselling authorWendy Corsi Staub's electrifying new thriller,a mother races to save her daughter beforeher darkest nightmare comes true.

Sacred Sisters Catholic girls' school has hardly changed since Jen Archer was a student. Jen hoped her older daughter would thrive here. Instead, shy, studious Carley becomes the target of


In New York Times bestselling authorWendy Corsi Staub's electrifying new thriller,a mother races to save her daughter beforeher darkest nightmare comes true.

Sacred Sisters Catholic girls' school has hardly changed since Jen Archer was a student. Jen hoped her older daughter would thrive here. Instead, shy, studious Carley becomes the target of vicious bullies. But the real danger at Sacred Sisters goes much deeper.

The only person Carley can talk to is "Angel," a kindred spirit she met online. Carley tells Angel everything—about her younger sister, about school, about the sudden death of her former best friend. Angel is her lifeline. And Angel is closer than she knows.

When another schoolgirl is found dead, Jen's unease grows. There are too many coincidences, too many links to her past. Every instinct tells her that Carley is the next target. For someone is intent on punishing the guilty, teaching the ultimate lesson in how to fear . . . and how to die.

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Publishers Weekly
A killer who calls himself “Angel” torments his teenage targets through the clever use of social media in this disturbing thriller from bestseller Staub (Nightwatcher). Angel becomes part of their online lives while their parents remain unaware of his presence. Buffalo, N.Y., mother Jen Archer notices that her 15-year-old daughter, Carley, isn’t her usual self, but it’s only when Carley’s once inseparable friend, Nicki Olivera, becomes an apparent suicide that Jen begins to realize that something serious is going on. Angel takes us further into his horrifying world as Jen and her husband move through their daily lives. The pace is slow, but this is Angel’s story, and it leads to a surprising and terrifying conclusion as Jen sees the connection with a tragedy from her own teenage years. You will want to monitor your children’s Internet “friends” after reading this one—and you just may start looking back over your own shoulder. Agent: Laura Blake Peterson, Curtis Brown. (Oct.)
“without a doubt one of the most chilling suspense filled books I have ever read. [...] The Good Sister is dark, sinister, and captivating from page one.”
Hank Phillippi Ryan Agatha
“Taut, tense and incredibly suspenseful. This chillingly creepy psychological thriller is the perfect page-turner-Staub’s powerful and timely story-telling is captivating!”
Allison Brennan
“Intense! Wendy Corsi Staub once again delivers a masterful psychological mystery that is both chilling and thrilling. You will not be able to put The Good Sister down until the very last page.”
Alison Gaylin
“A chilling, captivating and all-too-timely tale of suburban suspense, THE GOOD SISTER is guaranteed to keep you up at night — and keep a closer eye on your kids, too! I couldn’t put it down.”
Jamie Freveletti
“This dark tale of twisted family secrets reels you in and doesn’t let go. Fans of Gillian Flynn will love this one. The Good Sister shows again why Staub is one of the best suspense writers today.”
Kirkus Reviews
A novel that delves into the tragic past and state of mind of a serial killer. This is not a "whodunit." Here, suspense is sustained by the questions: why did the killer do it, and who will be next? The story addresses three issues: child abuse (both pedophilia and the punitive cruelty born of rigid religious fundamentalism); the effects of high school bullying; and the negative impact of cybertechnology on interpersonal relationships. The killer, Adrian, aka Angel (a social networking name), remembers an older sister who killed herself after being set up for mockery at her high school. He remembers that his sister loved him dearly and sought to protect him from the cruelty of their parents. He only finds out that their father was sexually molesting his sister after discovering an old journal in the family home he inherits after his mother's death (under questionable circumstances). While following Adrian's history, readers are introduced to a neighboring family and a daughter, Carley, a likable, troubled teen struggling with issues when she changes schools. As questions about who will be next (and why) are answered, and two girls commit suicide, it becomes clear who's on the killer's hit list. Fans of Criminal Minds will especially love this book.

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USA Today and New York Times bestseller Wendy Corsi Staub is the award-winning author of more than seventy novels and has twice been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She lives in the New York City suburbs with her husband and their two children.

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The Good Sister 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started this book, I thought it was meant for YAs. After all it is about YAs and rheir relationships with parents, peers, teachers and other authority figures and being terrorized by bullies. I also thought this book would be something like Stephen King's "CARRIE," After teading it, I was pretty sure no one under 16 should read it, yet this book would help young people know just how dangerous eletronic media devices can be in the wrong hands. There is so much heartbreak, manlipulation, suicide, murder, violence, horrific violence on kids, bullying, adultry, finding, and talking to a corpse, all kinds of child abuse, including, non detailed sex and incest, pedophila and a mother trying to manlipulate mother nature. There is some religion but it is mostly matter of factly included in day to day activities. There was no romance, cursing, drug or alcohal use. Parts of this book were very sad. It cost $2.99, was 330 pages long and very well edited. It was a very good book, with a lot of unexpected twists and turns. I think if the young person is very mature, it might be good for them to read this book. The parent should read it first, then decide. I am hesitant to recommend to anyone under 16 because of the violence and some of the other subject matter. Perhaps for mature 14-16 year olds and up, with parents preapproval and for adults. More for chicks than roosters. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wendy just gets better loved this book already cant wait for the next one!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is a little creepy, but it will make you think you know whats going on when you really don't. One of the few books i have not been able to guess the ending in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish bn would put a stop to kids using the nook as a chat room. Adults come here for book reviews. This author is great and i look forward to reviews on her new books but when all you get are stupid kids playing around it gets annoying. Please bn, ban these kids.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author is a great storyteller! This book is NOT for teens!!!! It kept me guessing who the murderer was!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was not one of her better novels and the least liked of any I have read. It is written in first person which is not to my liking. I had a very hard time getting into the story and had to make myself finish the book. Her previous novels were lots, lots better than this one. It was disappointing to me having enjoyed her previous books. Not sure I will be in a hurry to purchase any more of her books written after this one. The low stars are because of the first person writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simplistic and predictable. This author blatantly favors certain characters all along, making it obvious who she wants you to see as "good" and "evil." One twist at the end left me creeped out for a moment but nothing about this book will stick for me. There are also religious undertones regarding morality and a strict code of right and wrong which i personally cannot stomach. Towards the end, she refers to a transgendered person as "it." My first book by this author will be my last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I confess I skipped around and went to the end of the story in attempt to find a place which would encourage me to read this book. Sadly, I could not find anything to interest me. The story grinds along without getting to the point.
sweetgayle More than 1 year ago
What a great read! My daughter put on her page, soul seedlings, and I decided to try it. I read it without putting it down. So many twists ad turns. Great job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent thriller. I highly recommend it. Can't wait to read the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great plot and well written will keep you turning the page!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I paid for my nook just like you did and I'll say whatever I want to. And I didn't come here to listen to you complain about kids "playing around." If B&N wants to ban me, they can give me my money back and then they can go ahead and ban you, too.
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Schmooby-Doo More than 1 year ago
Totally creepy, suspenseful, A very good read! It creeped me out so much I'd have to walk away from it at times!   It also has good insight into the teenage (and  certainly adult) world of texting and using social media and the internet to solely connect with people.   And it reminded me the dangers of NOT talking to face to face.  It also deals with bullying and cyber-bullying The writing style was very interesting. The characters were well-developed. Highly recommended. 
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thumbelina1 More than 1 year ago
I am not far into this book, but I must say I am enjoying it along with all of Wendy Corsi Staub's books.  But, Barnes & Noble, are you not screening the reviews listed.  Teenagers chatting and arranging to meet after school!  Really?????  Please take a look at the reviews listed under this book and take note that you are letting these "NOT REVIEWS" slip by and be posted.  This is not what I, or any other loyal Barnes & Noble customer expects.
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lazigurl2009 More than 1 year ago
Have read several of Wendy Corsi Staub's books, & this is one of her best!! Many twists & turns, glad I'm retired & could read this one to my heart's content!! Looking forward to more of her books, both regular, & e-books!!
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I LOVED this book! It was so good. For sure up there with my top 10 favs. This is a must read. Starting one of her other books. Cant wait to see how it turns out.
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