The Good Sister

Morgan Jones

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12 July 2018
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Morgan Jones' heart-stopping thriller, The Good Sister, sees one father go further than he ever knew possible, to rescue a daughter who doesn't want to be saved.

A missing daughter. A desperate father. A journey to save them both.

Sofia Mounir’s world is not her own. Her mother is sick, her father broken, the London they live in is dying of greed and self-obsession.

So she flees, to Raqqa: heart of the caliphate, foundation stone of a just world that she will help to build. From violence and sacrifice will grow something beautiful, and she will be part of it. Her faith will be equal to everything asked of her.

Until it isn’t. Until it becomes clear that not all her new brothers’ and sisters’ intentions are as pure as her own. Until even her faith becomes a liability.

Where do you turn, when the future you’ve longed for wants you dead?

Sofia’s visceral chronicle of self-radicalisation is delivered in a persuasive voice. It could have been a literary novel along the lines of Kamila Shamsie’s award-winning Home Fire, but a tense second strand is added – the desperate Abraham, whom she regards as westernised and lost to the faith, travelling to Syria in an attempt to save her. His terrifying encounters with people-traffickers and violent jihadis pulse with tension. But the real achievement of the novel lies in the portrait of a naive young woman realising that the pure religious caliphate she has committed to is a place of betrayal, misogyny and lethal danger.


Morgan Jones’s The Good Sister centres on a father heading to Syria via Turkey on a rescue mission . . . Interwoven with his narrative is the first-person story of his teenage daughter Sofia, a devout Muslim who flees to the “caliphate”, where she is swiftly married to a mujahid . . . Both are handled remarkably convincingly in an enthralling adventure story peopled with memorable characters

Sunday Times

Deft, complex and believable plotting, tense, gut-wrenching action, and classy literary writing

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