The story then goes back in time to showcase how Simone came to be how she is, and her connection to her sister, Roxanne. Roxanne has always been there to care for Simone, but she feels guilt when she doesn't want to care for her, she wants to have her own life. 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. Ms. 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. Delightful? No. Captivating and heart-wrenching? Yes. Ms. Campbell is a very talented writer and The Good Sister will enrapt you.
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