The Good Sister by Chelsea Bolan


An urgent, timely and moving exploration of betrayal and steadfast devotion

Just shy of her fifteenth birthday, Gabriela Amador Prieto has been cast out of the family home by her father for tarnishing the family honour. All traces of her are brutally erased, and not even Lucy, Gabi’s older sister and best friend, knows where she is.

Furious at her father and desperate to find her sister, Lucy leaves their small town in Baja California, Mexico, and sets out for the capital to track Gabriela down. Lucy ventures deep into Mexico City’s most dangerous neighbourhoods, coming face to face with the dark underbelly of the city, while back at home her family members—her parents, her brothers, and her devious brother-in-law, Antonio—struggle with their own complicity in Gabi’s fate.

The Good Sister is an exploration of the way in which our own intolerance can harm what—and who—we love most.

Here's what #HCCFirstLook readers thought!

"The Good Sister is in turns heartbreaking and heartwarming, frightening and comforting, full of suspense and danger and then love and redemption... Definitely a 5-star read for me." — Christine L. Read the full review here.


"The Good Sister tells a story of tragedy and loss but throughout the story the sisters each encounter so many kind and giving strangers as well." - Shonna B. Read the full review here.


"I appreciated the beautiful lack of judgment the author achieved by writing the story through varying perspectives... A worthwhile read." - Charlene C. Watch the full review here.


"Along with a tight plot and engaging characters, Bolan's rich and vivid imagery exposes elements of Mexico that foreigners rarely have access to, so it’s easy to see why this book won the Harper Collins/UBC prize for best new fiction. Mostly because it's freaking fantastic!" - Jennie S. Read the full review here.


"If you're looking for a serious read that speaks to your emotions I would definitely pick this one up! - Milana M. Read the full review here.

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