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Roxanne's husband doesn't unde The Good Sister opens with Simone Durand on trial for the attempted murder of some of her children. Roxanne's husband doesn't understand, and so Roxanne's marriage is rocky at best as she tries to help her sister out. Simone married a wealthy man and his fondest desire is to have a son. Simone keeps having children and many miscarriages, and sinks into a deep depression, but instead of having her seek help, her husband wants to keep trying until they get a son.

There is not much help from Simone and Roxanne's parents. Their mother is a cold, narcissistic person and cares for nothing but herself. Simone's nine year old daughter Merell knows something is wrong with her mom, and she tries her best to help care for her younger siblings, but she's only nine and can only do so much. The story is tragic, yet one can remain hopeful that some good will come of the situation, even as the trial is played out over the national media.

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Campbell has created complex and diverse characters that you will either hate or love, and perhaps relate too. Post-partum depression is a real and often overlooked, and this is a up close and personal look at what it can do to a person and those that surround them.

Captivating and heart-wrenching? Campbell is a very talented writer and The Good Sister will en rapt you. This was not an easy read as the book dealt with issues like postpartum depression bordering onto psychosis, neglect of dependent children and an aversion of the female child. The young mother, who is described as a girl in a woman's body is 'forced' to repeatedly bear children, the goal being a male baby in the family. To begin with, she herself is dependent on others, emotionally and physically, to a much greater extent than normal.

She was neglected by her mother, overtly protected by her sis This was not an easy read as the book dealt with issues like postpartum depression bordering onto psychosis, neglect of dependent children and an aversion of the female child. She was neglected by her mother, overtly protected by her sister and has lots of emotional baggage. The story starts when she is charged and arrested for attempted murder of her children.

Now her over protective family has to rally around her and try to save her from doom. All the characters in this fiction were raw and complicated. They never were good or bad, in fact, they resided somewhere in between. It was an interesting read. I knew about postpartum psychosis, but I got to know about a new psychological concept called as 'learned helplessness' which seemed interesting, and retrospectively, I think I have encountered a couple or so such females.

Sep 28, Jodi rated it it was ok. I realize this is a controversial subject matter, and I understand that and factored it into my thoughts , but I had an extremely hard time getting into this book. The "mother" and I use that term lightly, was a whiney, blame everyone but herself woman from the start. I felt myself cringing at the words used, and disgusted that she was I realize this is a controversial subject matter, and I understand that and factored it into my thoughts , but I had an extremely hard time getting into this book.

Apr 26, Ruth Turner rated it liked it Shelves: flawed-families. Held my interest until the trial, when it became a little boring. I skimmed through most of it. An easy, quick read. I finished it in one sitting. View 2 comments. Mar 06, Natasha rated it it was ok. There are so many important topics in here. Postpartum, co-dependency, difficult childhoods Mar 30, Cindy rated it liked it.

All in all a good book on many subjects very near and dear to my heart. However, there were three main faults keeping me from rating this book any higher: 1.

I wanted to feel for Simone. Whether by my own choice or by the persuasion of the author, or other outside factors such as reviews, I'm not sure. So I kept trying to like her but I just wasn't convinced. Maybe there is not enough background into Simone's life but ultimately I didn't see her as anything more than a self-loathing, entitled ad All in all a good book on many subjects very near and dear to my heart. Maybe there is not enough background into Simone's life but ultimately I didn't see her as anything more than a self-loathing, entitled adolescent in a woman's body.

Though there were obvious factors of mental illness including the crimes against her children, the mental illness didn't seem prevalent in all aspects of her life; it seemed more like a personality disorder. I needed more evidence of a bond between Simone and Roxanne. It seemed too often to be stated rather than demonstrated and with an age gap of roughly 9 years between the siblings, it is hard to believe there is much of a connection.

I wasn't sold. There was a struggle as to who the protagonist was. When I picked up the book I thought Roxanne was the protagonist, but as the chapters shifted narrators it became the four generations of women. Both would have worked well, but I felt that the ambivalence made it hard to focus on or empathize with any of the characters. Also, Roxanne should have been fat. Jul 29, Susan Anders rated it liked it. Well-written fiction account of a woman suffering through postpartum depression and how it effects generations of women.

As a mother of an infant that was very difficult, I totally understand this temporary and sometimes long-term affliction! When my sister-in-law mother of 4 boys called me a few weeks after bringing my second infant home from the hospital and jokingly asked if I was ready to throw her out the window yet, I was so relieved to know that I was not the only one that had that thou Well-written fiction account of a woman suffering through postpartum depression and how it effects generations of women.

When my sister-in-law mother of 4 boys called me a few weeks after bringing my second infant home from the hospital and jokingly asked if I was ready to throw her out the window yet, I was so relieved to know that I was not the only one that had that thought, if only for a split-second! Thankfully, I never acted on them, but I totally understand why women that suffer from PPD want to harm their children. This story also focuses on the dysfunction of upbringing and how it effects us as adults trying to raise our own children.

We all carry baggage from our childhood and it's easy to see how it plays a big role in PPD. Jul 29, Linda Rowland rated it it was ok. Interesting story and the characters could have been as well if I could keep the men they kept losing straight. Same crazy people reproducing the same crazy situations. I thought it was a good story badly written. Maybe the confusion was only in my head but it was at the very end that I realized it was the grandmother of Roxanne whose husband left and had another family.

Did the rest of the men die? It seemed that the buildup to the event was the thing and not what actually happened. I am rambling. Do not like the way this author writes. Are all her books like this?


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Come on Holly. Tell us what you really think. The story of this horrible turn of events is told in alternating points of view by Simone, her oldest daughter Merrell, Simone's older sister Roxanne and their mother Ellen, with the majority told by Roxanne and Merrell. We follow Roxanne through a rocky childhood, in which she became Simone's protector, caretaker and only friend, forming a very strong yet codependent bond. Roxanne has spent her adult life trying to forge some level of independence for both herself and her sister, yet cannot seem to break away, even at the potential cost of her own marriage.

Most people have a lot less sympathy for a wealthy women who can afford to have household help and Simone was such a controversial offender, in part, because of her wealth. The parts about Simone and Roxanne's childhood went a long way to explain how they ended up in the roles that the played in life.

I loved that Drusilla Campbell painted Johnny Simone's husband to be a 3 dimensional character. He was quite unlikable in places, yet in other places, he was almost loveable. Their mother Ellen was also well written, at times she seemed totally irredeemable and yet, she also had her moments of good. I really loved little Merrell. She was smart, perceptive, funny and very in charge. She kept things running but deserved much better.

She was quickly becoming an adult in a child's body.

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I just wanted to slow this down for her. The crying baby felt so real for me. My oldest was a crier and was not a sleeper at all. I could sympathize with the fact that nobody in the house ever got any peace. It really puts anyone on edge. Although it dealt with a very disturbing topic, the author handled the attempted murder scene quite well; without any unnecessary description or sensationalized details.

There wasn't a lot that didn't work for me. I guess it frustrated me that no one forced Simone to get any mental help until it was almost too late. With all these people around her and all the money and education they had, you would have thought someone would have seen it coming. View 1 comment. Sep 16, Margaret rated it it was ok. Post-partum depression is an issue that is prevalent in society, but often overlooked as a serious disorder, so I was glad that this book brought to light the real pain and confusion many young mothers feel after the long awaited birth becomes a reality.

I just felt like the book missed its opportunity to hit that mark. The Good Sister was about cycles--mothers who will do anything to keep their husbands happy; mothers who really don't want children and are not equipped to raise them well; eldest Post-partum depression is an issue that is prevalent in society, but often overlooked as a serious disorder, so I was glad that this book brought to light the real pain and confusion many young mothers feel after the long awaited birth becomes a reality.

The Good Sister was about cycles--mothers who will do anything to keep their husbands happy; mothers who really don't want children and are not equipped to raise them well; eldest children becoming the parent to their mother and to their younger siblings. It is about the damage that is done when a child is overly-protected and is expected to be and is sometimes rewarded for being helpless. Simone is the younger sister of Roxanne.

The author reveals that she is border-line mentally disabled, bi-polar, and suffers from attention deficit. She has been overly protected and comes to believe what others have taught her; that she is worthless. Not wanting her own daughters to grow up like her, she decides to "save" them from by taking their lives. I felt Roxanne's pain and the conflict she felt at being Simone's main supporter as she often chose her sister's needs over her husband's, but I would have liked to have seen the character of Simone developed more.

I didn't feel as sympathetic toward her because I didn't see all the traits that led her to her adult life. She came across as being selfish and self-centered and pampered and coddled with little to support the premise that she actually suffered from mental disorders and true post-partum depression. I wanted to know her better.

Sep 23, Stella Craine rated it it was ok. I decided to read this book because the characters have some parallels to my own disfunctional mother and sister, and I hoped to gain insight within my own family dynamic. So far, the plot is no where near my reality; there's far more drama and dysfunction with lots of promise to be a fantastic, well written tale. Ok- now that I've finished this book it was kind of blah, but readable. The post-partum behaviors of the sister were more of a side story and lacked depth, the main character the "good I decided to read this book because the characters have some parallels to my own disfunctional mother and sister, and I hoped to gain insight within my own family dynamic.

The post-partum behaviors of the sister were more of a side story and lacked depth, the main character the "good sister" showed lots of promise- but not enough to support the other characters in the story with her. The mother was supposedly narcist- so we're told, but she's barely present thus we do not see it; it's more of an annoying interference to the rest of the plot. I didn't get what I hoped to out of the book, like a promise that fell through.

Definitely one I won't re-read. Oct 26, Holly Mueller rated it liked it Shelves: book-club. Shelley picked this for our book club. I enjoyed it even though it was about a macabre subject — a mother attempting to murder her children! Now Simone is married to a chauvinist who married her because she was beautiful, but vulnerable and fragile. Simone is also borderline mentally disabled, which makes him even more repugnant.

Roxanne tries to keep her safe, but Simone is spiraling out of control from post-partum depression bordering on psychosis. Roxanne is also trying to keep her own marriage together and deal with their mother. Mar 14, Sue rated it it was amazing. A wonderful, multiple-layered book dealing with post-partum depression and mental illness. Fascinating glimpse inside the mind of a mother, who honestly loses all sense of reality, and believes that the "right" thing to do is to save her children by trying to kill them.

For so many years I have looked aghast at news articles about monster mothers, who harm their children, and now, thanks to this book I shall have some modicum of understanding of the anguish in their minds. Another valuable lesso A wonderful, multiple-layered book dealing with post-partum depression and mental illness. Another valuable lesson in this book is of the dangers of enabling and also of protecting from responsibility.

Most of us try to protect our children and other loved ones from the consequences - and in the end, it very often works out poorly.


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  6. This book is a quick read despite the hefty number of pages. And also because I didn't want to put it down. Don't be put off by the way the book jumps around to previous years in the first few chapters - not easy to comprehend, but invaluable to understanding this dysfunctional family.

    Oct 20, Amy rated it liked it. I have to give this book a few stars because I definitely found it interesting, and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and all their history, but it was really kind of a mess. There were so many hints or brief allusions to certain parts of each character's story, and I kept I have to give this book a few stars because I definitely found it interesting, and I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and all their history, but it was really kind of a mess.

    There were so many hints or brief allusions to certain parts of each character's story, and I kept waiting for the full explanation, but it never really came. I couldn't figure out how to feel about anyone because the author remained so vague on so many key details. That really bothered me, and to be honest, when I finished I was just glad to be done. Mar 14, Debbie "DJ" rated it really liked it. A very personal account of a woman suffering from postpartum depression, emotional and mental disorders. The story is told mostly from her older sisters point of view, who was abandoned by their mother only to be brought back to help care for this younger sister.

    The book grabbed me right from the start as it opens with the younger sister on trial for the attempted murder of her children. Her husband knows she is helpless, and needy. This was his main attraction to her as he pays no attention t A very personal account of a woman suffering from postpartum depression, emotional and mental disorders.

    This was his main attraction to her as he pays no attention to getting her pregnant time after time waiting for his son. The story made me think of when family secrets were always kept hidden. Our generation seems more open, but it reminds me of how far we have yet to go. A great read with secret after secret reveled. Apr 09, Deanna rated it liked it. I really like this author. I was looking forward to the book and knew it dealt with such tough issues such as post-partum depression and mental illness.

    With a glimpse inside the mind of a mother, who honestly loses all sense of reality. I enjoyed the book though I had to pick it up a few times as I had a hard time staying interested. I found at times that it jumped around a bit and some of the characters seemed a bit underwhelming. There were times I couldn't figure out if I was in the past or I really like this author. There were times I couldn't figure out if I was in the past or the future.

    I am glad I stuck with it as overall it was a good story. It just wasn't my favorite. I will continue to read more books more by this author. Oct 03, Audra rated it liked it. It was hard to read because I was always wondering when Simone would follow through with killing one of her children. This book was a good read, but it wasn't great. I almost jumped out of my chair when reading that baby Olivia had acid reflux because it seemed like no one ever thought that acid reflu It was hard to read because I was always wondering when Simone would follow through with killing one of her children.

    I almost jumped out of my chair when reading that baby Olivia had acid reflux because it seemed like no one ever thought that acid reflux was a big deal with my son. Didn't love this book but I didn't hate it. Mar 28, Maegan rated it liked it. I have a love-hate relationship with this book.

    I could profoundly relate to so much of Simone's struggle with Post-Partum Depression. It was by no means a feel good read, but a book about how the "sins of the father or mother " can so greatly affect our children. I didn't enjoy how the author jumped around in her timeline, and I despised Simone's husband. I felt like Campbell did a great job of describing what it is like to be experiencing severe PPD, and how draining it is for those who Wow.

    I felt like Campbell did a great job of describing what it is like to be experiencing severe PPD, and how draining it is for those who care for the mother. Unfortunately, "The Good Sister" turns into a silly and predictable fantasy. Start your free trial. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet! IMDb More. Keep track of everything you watch; tell your friends. Full Cast and Crew. Release Dates. Official Sites. Company Credits. Technical Specs.

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