Sister: Book summary and reviews of Sister by Rosamund Lupton

Sister

A Novel

By Rosamund Lupton

Sister
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  • Published in USA  Jun 2011,
    336 pages.

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Nothing can break the bond between sisters... When Beatrice gets a frantic call in the middle of Sunday lunch to say that her younger sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home to London. But as she learns about the circumstances surrounding her sister's disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life - and unprepared for the terrifying truths she must now face. The police, Beatrice's fiance and even their mother accept they have lost Tess but Beatrice refuses to give up on her. So she embarks on a dangerous journey to discover the truth, no matter the cost.

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"Starred Review. British author Lupton's unusual and searing debut is her heroine Beatrice Hemming's letter to her dead younger sister, Tess." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Lupton's remarkable debut novel is a masterful, superlative-inspiring success that will hook readers (and keep them guessing) from page one… A chilling, gripping, tragic, heart-warming, life-affirming enigma of a story." – Booklist

"Hitchcockian spookiness in this tale of two sisters. A skillfully wrought psychological thriller." - Kirkus Reviews

"Starred Review. Beautifully written with an unexpected twist at the end, this debut literary thriller was a bestseller in Britain and a Richard and Judy Book Club Pick. Thriller fans will eagerly await Lupton's next book." - Library Journal

"Lupton's crisp insights into grief and familial guilt are married to a confidently executed plot. Free from the genre's more mawkish excesses, Lupton's persuasive narrative voice is what keeps this classy debut on track." - The Independent (UK)

"Stunningly accomplished from first page to last, this is the most exciting debut thriller I've read all year. The suspense crackles, and the twists come thick and fast, but - more than that – it has a touching poignancy that brings tears to your eyes… Written with the power and panache of a young Daphne du Maurier, it's devastatingly good, and announces the arrival of a truly original talent." - Daily Mail (UK)

"Truly marvellous! As compelling as it is stylish, Sister exists in that rare place where crime fiction and literature coincide." - Jeffrey Deaver

"Intense and absorbing from the very first page, Sister is as much a tender exploration of the complicated, twisty, messy love between sisters, as it is an utterly gripping and compelling thriller... A haunting and accomplished debut." - Lisa Unger

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Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Lisa E. (Cincinnati, OH)
More about Families than Crime
This novel is a meditation on families more than a murder mystery. Unobtrusively written sort of in the second person, as a letter addressed to the narrator's murdered sister, the novel explores the dynamics among a family that had been shattered years ago by the death of a brother and now is facing the murder of a sister. The murder mystery itself is a little far-fetched but well within belief. The novel is well-written and compelling.

Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by Beverly J. (Huntersville, NC)
Heart-breaking Suspense
This was an accomplished debut novel that grabbed me from the first page to the unexpected finish. While the story read like a detective novel, it definitely has a feminine feel as it concentrates on the bond between the sisters, and the other female characters. I enjoyed how the suspense was built around the characters and builds one fact at a time. The author’s skills as a screen writer show as she vividly paints each scene. Many times I felt I was intruding into the intimate life of Beatrice as she bares her soul with the grief of losing her sister. The author masterfully blends suspense, intrigue, family secrets, literary aspects and the epistolary format to produce a chilling, tragic, heart-breaking story that despite the warning builds to an unexpected twist at the end.

Rated 3 of 5 of 5 by Robyn N. (Highland Village, TX)
Sisters
Although I enjoyed the book, there was too much fluff. It could've been told in far fewer words. I thought the character development was good and the ending was somewhat of a surprise....a little predictable but it was still good.

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Kimberly B. (Atlanta, GA)
Unbroken Bonds Make Great Stories!
Rosamund Lupton is a brilliant author who uses vivid imagery and emphasis on human emotion to lure the reader! Through the main character Beatrice, Lupton displays impenetrable bonds of blood and love and their powerful affects on the human mind in terms of sanity.

This is a suspenseful story of the persistent unshakeable love of a sister that can't be daunted even by the bonds of death.

Plain and simple, this book is a good read! Perfect for book clubs!

Rated 4 of 5 of 5 by Meera (Ma)
a moving thriller
When I started this book, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. The book is written in the perspective of the main character talking directly to her missing sister and brings up a lot of anecdotes from the past while still in the present. I found it hard to keep track of what is happening. However, once I became accustomed to the unique narrative style, I was drawn into the story. I had to know what happened to the missing sister. They mystery was attention grabbing and was not easy to figure out. I found the main character to be deeply faceted. This book would appeal to readers who like mysteries and/or thrillers. I think the author did a fine job with her first novel. I could not give this the highest rating because I think her writing needed some polishing, especially in the beginning of the novel. But I would definitely read her next novel.

Rated 3 of 5 of 5 by Krista (Grayslake, IL)
Sisters - a bit disappointed
I was looking forward to this book, as I am very close to my sisters and thought the premise of one sister seeking justice for her murdered sister would be a compelling read. The book started strongly, and really kept my interest, but about half-way thru, it started slowing down and lost me. Some of the characters just didn't seem believable, I didn't totally finish the book, but skimmed the end to see Who Done It, and was disappointed in the ending. I did find the subject matter to be interesting, just sort of lost steam along the way.

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For years Rosamund Lupton has been a script writer for the BBC. She lives in London with her husband - a doctor - and two children. Sister is her debut novel. Visit her at rosamundlupton.com.

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