The Good Sister
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 when Layla is found dead one morning, at only eight weeks old, Becky is charged with the unthinkable: the murder of her sister's child.
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.
This is a good book. Don't get me wrong with my rating. The only reason it was lower is because I felt like I was standing behind a barrier watching the whole story play out. I struggled to fully embrace Martha and Becky Blackwater. Yes, what they experienced is horrible and nothing that anyone should have to endure.
For this type of story, it really craves that very close human interaction and connection. Thus the reason that I found this book just "alright" but not great. Not to say that if I had gotten that closer connection that it would be a different story. I know my feelings towards this book would have been stronger.
There is not a lot of details spent about the events leading up to Layla's death. So you the reader is left wondering with doubt if Becky really did kill Layla or if it was all a horrible mistake.