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Title:
Sister : a novel
Author:
Lupton, Rosamund.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Crown Publishers, [2010]

©2010
Physical Description:
319 pages ; 25 cm
General Note:
Originally published in paperback in Great Britain, 2010.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780307716514
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

"Lupton enters the highly charged ring where the best psychological detective writers spar... Like Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell... Both tear-jerking and spine-tingling,  Sister  provides an adrenaline rush that could cause a chill on the sunniest afternoon." - The New York Times Book Review
 
When her mom calls to tell her that Tess, her younger sister, is missing, Bee returns home to London on the first flight. She expects to find Tess and give her the usual lecture, the bossy big sister scolding her flighty baby sister for taking off without letting anyone know her plans. Tess has always been a free spirit, an artist who takes risks, while conservative Bee couldn't be more different. Bee is used to watching out for her wayward sibling and is fiercely protective of Tess (and has always been a little stern about her antics). But then Tess is found dead, apparently by her own hand.

Bee is certain that Tess didn't commit suicide. Their family and the police accept the sad reality, but Bee feels sure that Tess has been murdered.  Single-minded in her search for a killer, Bee moves into Tess's apartment and throws herself headlong into her sister's life--and all its secrets.

Though her family and the police see a grieving sister in denial, unwilling to accept the facts, Bee uncovers the affair Tess was having with a married man and the pregnancy that resulted, and her difficultly with a stalker who may have crossed the line when Tess refused his advances. Tess was also participating in an experimental medical trial that might have gone very wrong.  As a determined Bee gives her statement to the lead investigator, her story reveals a predator who got away with murder--and an obsession that may cost Bee her own life.

A thrilling story of fierce love between siblings, Sister is a suspenseful and accomplished debut with a stunning twist.


Author Notes

Rosamund Lupton lives with her husband and two sons in London. Sister is her debut novel.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Murder mystery? Psychological thriller? Medical-ethical treatise? Yes to all, but so much more, too. Finally, the category doesn't matter nearly as much as the fact that Lupton's remarkable debut novel is a masterful, superlative-inspiring success that will hook readers (and keep them guessing) from page one. Beatrice Hemmings has moved to the U.S. and made a shiny, successful life for herself. But when her younger sister, Tess, is found dead apparently having killed herself Beatrice is shocked, bewildered, and grief-stricken. How could her full-of-life sister commit suicide? When Beatrice arrives back in London, she learns that Tess had a reason to commit suicide her longed-for baby had just been stillborn. Beatrice is stunned, but the more she considers what happened, the more she is sure Tess was murdered. Vowing to investigate, Beatrice writes a letter to Tess (it is this technique that shapes the book) to describe her efforts to find the truth. But as the letter goes on, it is clear that Beatrice is on what could be a fruitless quest, and readers will begin to wonder whether the things that don't add up are real, or whether it's Beatrice who's losing her sanity? The powerful, heart-stopping ending lays bare the truth, and even readers who thought they'd guessed the outcome will be shocked. A chilling, gripping, tragic, heartwarming, life-affirming enigma of a story. . HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The buzz is growing to Stieg Larsson volume for this accomplished literary thriller (one of the many rave reviews from the UK described the book a. Nicci French via Ford Madox Ford ). Lupton's publisher is gearing up for a once-in-a-season campaign.--Melton, Emil. Copyright 2010 Booklist


Library Journal Review

Written in the form of a letter from Beatrice, the older, more substantial sister, to her younger, bohemian sibling, Tess, the narrative reveals within the first few pages that Tess has gone missing and is found dead. Bea and Tess, even with a big age difference and an ocean between them, were incredibly close, so when Bea receives the "phone call," she drops everything and races from New York City to London. Although Tess's death is ruled a suicide, Bea knows her sister would never kill herself. As Bea frantically tries to find the murderer, in the process losing pieces of herself, the reader is catapulted into the search. VERDICT Beautifully written with an unexpected twist at the end, this debut literary thriller was a best seller in Britain and a Richard and Judy Book Club Pick. Thriller fans will eagerly await Lupton's next book. [See Prepub Alert, 12/6/10.]-Marianne Fitzgerald, Annapolis, MD (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.