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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062222376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062222374
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From 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.)

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“Taut, tense and incredibly suspenseful. This chillingly creepy psychological thriller is the perfect page-turner-Staub’s powerful and timely story-telling is captivating!” (Hank Phillippi Ryan Agatha, Anthony and Macavity winning author)

“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.” (Allison Brennan)

“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.” (Alison Gaylin, USA Today bestselling author)

“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.” (Jamie Freveletti, internationally bestselling author of DEAD ASLEEP)

“Fans of Criminal Minds will especially love this book.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“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.” (Examiner.com)

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The book holds your interest until the end and keeps you guessing!
Dawnette Dixon
The only sad part is when you are finished, you want more...I like to read her books slowly but I never can because they draw you in and you can't stop reading!!
Windwish
This book is a very slow moving, unnecessarily complicated, even boring jumble of words.
Dianne E. Socci-Tetro

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Janet on February 26, 2014
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I loved this book. I do not want to talk about the book and spoil it for someone else. If you are thinking of reading this .... Read it! It was a great story and definitely kept me in suspense throughout the entire book. Very current with the the times. As soon as I read it, I went to facebook and posted a note to Wendy Corsi Staub about how much I loved this book. It was a delight to read a true suspenseful mystery. My first thought when I finished the book was that Alfred Hitchcock would have liked this book. Little items within this book reminded me of what Alfred Hitchcock would have done. I think he would have liked this book. I will continue reading books by Wendy .... she is a great writer!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on October 1, 2013
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You don't want to start reading THE GOOD SISTER just before going to bed, and not because you will stay up all night reading it. Rather, it's the imagery that opens the book --- a scene involving a rocking chair --- that will sink itself so deeply into your cranial folds that you'll wish for surgery to remove it. From there, Staub launches into a house-under-siege scenario that will have you checking every creak, crunch and thump in the night that you hear (or think you hear). And at that point, THE GOOD SISTER has only barely begun.

It's not just the frights and the thrills that make Staub's suspense novels so addicting. It's the characterization. Anyone who has picked up one of her books knows at least someone among the characters who populate her books, and THE GOOD SISTER is no exception to that rule. The immediately identifiable character is Jen Archer, a stay-at-home mother who also stayed in the neighborhood in which she grew up, or close enough to it that her older daughter, Carley, attends the same long-established high school that Jen did as a teenager. That would be Sacred Sisters, a Catholic girls' school (you didn't really need me to tell you that, did you?) that Staub nails right down to the foundation. As we learn early on, Jen was a bit of a big mouth in school, while Carley --- conscientious Carley, as she is known --- is much quieter. Too quiet, in fact, as Jen and her husband learn when the school psychologist informs them that Carley has been the victim of girl-bullying at the school.

However, there's a bit more lurking in and around Sacred Sisters than snide remarks and ostracism at lunch time.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lyle Samuel on February 1, 2014
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Loved it. Like all Wendy Crosi Staub's books, I couldn't put it down and read it in one day. Anyone who loves suspense books will enjoy this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Diane McKeithen on March 3, 2014
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The storyline had interesting characters, events, build-up, and twists.
Thoroughly enjoyed it.i highly recommend this book. Well crafted, Wendy Corsi Staub!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sandra on March 8, 2014
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I gave this a 5 star because it captured me right from the start and never let go. A lot of guessing altho you can figure some of it out on your own, plus I had never read about this type of serial killer before.,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Scioli on February 9, 2014
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Yet again Wendy delivers.fantastic suspense with an outcome you never see coming! If you love suspense you will enjoy this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ChillyChicken on March 23, 2014
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Maybe I'm just not a "thriller" kind of a gal. I couldn't get halfway through this book. It was not spooky or scary -- just creepy and scatter-shot. I know nothing of this author and I'll bow to the other reviewers who insist that she can write. But this one was a crank-out. Back to medieval history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Mugridge on July 4, 2014
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In The Good Sister author Wendy Corsi Staub tells the story of Carley, a young girl who has been enduring significant bullying since she moved to a new school. To make matters worse, her best friend Nicki has dumped her, and a few months later Nicki kills herself. Reeling from her own difficulties at school and her friend's death, Carley is struggling to understand how this all came to be. She turns to a new-found friend, Angel, whom she met on an anti-bullying website. But is Angel the person she thinks she is?

Carley's mother Jen is also attempting to deal with Nicki's death. Carley has been good friends with Nicki's mother Debbie since elementary school and was close to Nicki as well. When Jen attends Nicki's wake, she comes face-to-face with her high school boyfriend, Mike, and begins to suspect that there's something between Mike and Debbie.

In the meantime, someone has come back to town to settle his mother's estate. He finds a journal kept by his older sister, Ruthie, who died in a car accident a long time ago. Reading the journal, he begins to understand that she was not only abused by their father but also bullied by her school mates. He's determined to exact revenge for her.

Ms. Staub pulls all of these disparate strands together in a fast-paced suspense novel that serves as a warning to everyone about the danger of relying too heavily on social media and electronic devices for our communication. Sometimes it's much better to just have a face-to-face conversation!
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More About the Author

With the upcoming release of her twenty-second suspense thriller, THE BLACK WIDOW (2/24/15; HarperCollins), New York Times bestselling suspense novelist Wendy Corsi Staub will have published more than eighty novels over the course of her distinguished career. Wendy has twice (2011 and 2013) been nominated for the Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark award and is the recipient of the RWA Rita Award, the RT Bookreviews Award for Career Achievement in Suspense, the RWA/NYC Golden Apple for Lifetime Achievement, four WLA Washington Irving Awards for Fiction, and numerous other honors.

All of her adult thrillers and in-print backlist are available on Amazon and most are--or will soon be--available as e-books and audio books as well. Check out the book trailers for THE BLACK WIDOW, THE PERFECT STRANGER, THE GOOD SISTER, NIGHTWATCHER, SLEEPWALKER, and SHADOWKILLER, on this author page.

For more information visit her author website at www.WendyCorsiStaub.com, her reader community site at www.WendyCorsiStaubCommunity.com, and her author page at www.facebook.com/corsistaub. Follow her on Twitter @wendycorsistaub.

Wendy is also a bestselling novelist with the chick lit and romantic comedy published under the pseudonym "Wendy Markham," with such titles as IF ONLY IN MY DREAMS, THE BEST GIFT, the innovative "SLIGHTLY" series and many more.

For Young Adults, Wendy has authored the beloved four book LILY DALE series - AWAKENING, BELIEVING, CONNECTING, and DISCOVERING.


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