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
    Genre: Thrillers

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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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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.

Barbara F. (Saint Louis, MO)

By all means......
Do you have a sister?... then by all means read "Sister"....Only have brothers, then by all means read "Sister"....Only child? ...by all means read "Sister"
A five star absorbing, stylish winner....

Becky M. (Crumpler, NC)

Mystery of haunting beauty and compassion
This reader was engaged from the start of this hauntingly beautiful and compassionate mystery. With its gripping complexity and heart-wrenching passion, the story had about it the same unforgettable intensity of "The Lovely Bones". While the mystery itself creates a page-turner, the poetry of the love between sisters is even more dominant. Lupton's language adds depth and captures the sense of profound loss throughout the novel. When the narrator states, "grief is love turned into an eternal missing", the reader experiences the pain she feels at the loss of her sister. And at that point, there is no rest until the murderer is found or the last page ends.

Kristine L. (The Woodlands, TX)

Sister
I absolutely enjoyed reading this book. While I had a little difficulty in the beginning understanding the flow of chapters and time sequence, I can honestly encourage every reader to hang in there! I read the book in little over one day of pure blissful reading of a great mystery. Having three sisters of my own, I thought the author nailed the unique relationship we all share with our sisters over the years. Job Well Done!

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.

Linda S. (Oceanside, NY)

A Haunting Page Turner
It’s always a good feeling to start a book and to be engrossed right from the start; it’s an even better feeling when you close the book completely satisfied. This was my experience with “Sister”.

At first blush the premise seems rather mundane, Bee’s sister is missing. When Tess is found dead and her death is declared a suicide Bee refuses to accept it. The idea isn’t unique; but what sets this book apart is the author’s way of telling the story; the book is in the form of a letter from Bee to Tess. This open letter concept really lets us in on Bee’s thought process as she tries to tie all the threads of Tess’s story together.

The story is rich in details and character development and the writing is excellent. I did figure out part of the mystery but Lupton throws in a twist at the end that I did not see coming – although there were several clues along the way.

A real page-turner that still haunts me.

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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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