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The Good Sister
By (author): Gillian McAllister
9780525539391 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Women Jun 11, 2019
$22.00 CAD
Active 5.48 x 8.24 x 0.85 in 400 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
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 readers to question everything they know about motherhood, family, and the price of forgiveness.

Story Locale: London

UK BESTSELLER: Gillian McAllister has previously published two novels in the UK, Everything But the Truth and Anything You Do Say, both of which were Sunday Times bestsellers. The Good Sister, published as No Further Questions in the UK, is her US debut.

INTRODUCING AN EXCITING NEW VOICE IN DOMESTIC SUSPENSE: Though McAllister has been positioned as a legal thriller writer in the UK, The Good Sister marks a departure for the author, who we plan to grow into a domestic suspense author, a genre that will resonate more deeply with American readers.

MOTHERHOOD BOOKS SUCCESSFUL IN THIS FORMAT: We will publish The Good Sister as a trade paperback original, modeling off the success of The Perfect Nanny, which is a standout in this format and genre, netting 111,000 in paperback and 32,000 in ebook. Moreover, books in this subject—motherhood, women’s issues, etc.—work well in TPO and benefit from the immense popularity of “mother books” right now.

RELATABLE FEMALE CHARACTERS: Both Martha and Becky are multi-dimensional, intelligent, and relatable women who struggle to balance responsibility and relationships, career and motherhood, and the bonds of sisterhood. Women readers in particular will identify with and root for these complicated yet sympathetic characters.

GREAT FOR BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION: With the question of Becky’s innocence lasting right up until the very end, book clubs will have much to debate and question throughout the course of the novel. Each women’s role, and their unique way of being a wife, a mother, and a sister, will also provide excellent discussion material.

UNIQUE INSIDE LOOK AND BACKGROUND: As a lawyer herself, McAllister’s unique background allows her to capture the tension of the courtroom in a palpable, accessible way and the unique structure of the novel, featuring flashbacks and testimonies from witnesses throughout, pushes this beyond a standard courtroom narrative.

Gillian McAllister graduated with a degree in English from the University of Birmingham. She lives in Birmingham where she worked as a lawyer and now writes full time. She is the author of Everything But the Truth and Anything You Do Say, both Sunday Times bestsellers in the UK. The Good Sister is her US debut.

Author Residence: Birmingham, United Kingdom

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“Loved this gripping and thought-provoking read.”—B.A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors

“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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