Susan P. (Boston, MA)
If You Have a Sister You Love, You'll Love This Book
This is a very hard-to-put-down story about a young British woman living and working in NYC who goes back to London when her younger sister goes missing. She tries to find out what happened and why. The story is believable although almost no one believes the older sister's views about what the younger sister did or would have done. As the older sister starts to look into her sister's life, she begins believing/trusting no one, as does the reader. It's told as a letter to the missing sister, with some back and forth in the timeline. The story is beautifully paced, giving the reader clues a little bit at a time. As enjoyable and well done as the mystery was, equally compelling were heart-breaking moments of the bond between sisters.
C. T. (Aurora, CO)
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
This book is a mystery/thriller. Two sisters, Beatrice and Tess, have always been close after living through the trauma of losing their brother to cystic fibrosis when they were young and then their father walking out on the family soon after. As the story begins, a very pregnant Tess is missing, and Bea flies from the U.S. to London to help look for her. When Tess's body is found in a filthy park bathroom, the police believe she committed suicide, but Bea refuses to go along with that theory and continues with her own investigation right up to the shocking conclusion. I did find this book somewhat difficult to read. The narrator jumped back and forth between time periods, and I couldn't always tell immediately which time period she was speaking of. Also, even considering that her sister has just died, Beatrice has some fairly abrupt personality changes that didn't ring true. The author did do an excellent job of setting the scene and describing the surroundings for a real "you are there" feel to the book.
Pam (Cherry Hill, NJ)
It's easy to understand what the hype is all about -- this book is extremely well-written and the plot really keeps you turning the pages! (Reminds me in some ways of a Kate Atkinson mystery or a book I read years ago called Going East about someone whose sibling also died in London.) Some of the twists are a bit contrived and a few scenes later in the book a little cliche but generally a very worthwhile read.
Deborah D. (Old Forge, NY)
An author to keep in mind
Overall I found this book a good read. The relationship between the two sisters was
well written and enviable. The mystery was well kept but at times a bit confusing. The ending a surprise but not finished enough for my taste.
Linda G. (Walnut Creek, CA)
A Sister's Intuition
Rosamund Lupton's new book The Sister is a compelling, gothic-like thriller. But it is also an accomplished study of the bond between sisters, the innate knowledge this narrator has that her own sisters' death was not suicide, as the authorities believe, but that she must have been murdered. The determination and perseverance she employed is laid out in the form of a letter to her dead sister. This allegiance, and the surviving sister's grief are beautifully portrayed, making this twisting, gripping story something unique and special.
Being a book group coordinator for an indie bookstore, I see "Sister" becoming a book club favorite.
Carolyn A. (Questa, NM)
If you have ever suffered the sudden, unexpected death of a young loved one, this book will have you reliving the horror of those days. It is nonetheless, a compelling read, a book you cannot put down. You will be asking yourself who and why again and again. I'm not sure the ending really answers those questions. But I am recommending this book to discerning readers.
Eileen F. (Drexel Hill, PA)
A letter to Tess
This was a gripping page turner written in a style that propelled you forward. The storyteller engaged you with enough details to keep you wanting more. The shared history of siblings can be strong and comforting.