Sister: A Novel

Paperback | December 20, 2011

byRosamund Lupton

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"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.

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"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 h...

ROSAMUND LUPTON lives with her husband and two sons in London. Sister is her debut novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.01 × 5.16 × 0.78 inPublished:December 20, 2011Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030771652X

ISBN - 13:9780307716521

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Gripping Story About Sisterhood Sister is Rosamund Lupton’s debut novel and my first experience with the British author. The book was an unplanned purchase. I saw the cover starting at me from the depths of the mystery section, thought it looked interesting. I read the back of the book, being the oldest of three sisters, I was immediately intrigued. I enjoyed the story, but not how it was told. The unique style of the narrator referring to Tess as “you” left an odd taste in my mouth. It felt too poetic for a mystery. I found the first few chapters to be very slow-paced. I almost sit the book down. But, I am glad I stuck with it as it was a worthwhile read. The conclusion was a surprise, the last few chapters being the best part of the book. After reading so many mystery novels over the years, it’s a breath of fresh air to read a book and not figure out “whodunit”. This is a gripping story about the blond of sisterhood. It will tug the heartstrings of anyone who has a sister(s) or is close with their family. I look forward to reading future books by the author.
Date published: 2012-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliantly written novel This novel is very clever and thoughtful in the way that the story is told. It is told both while giving a statement in interviews with a kind man from the Court Services as well as letters (written in her head) to her sister. The story has twists and turns, is totally believable and is a moving tribute to grief and regret. I bought another novel by this author and look forward to reading it soon.
Date published: 2012-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of summer's best for me! I took one book on vacation with me and Sister by Rosamund Lupton was it. Thank goodness I waited until I was on the train home to start it - I would not have been able to put it down. What an absolutely addicting read. Sister is told as a past tense narrative in letter form by Tess to her younger sister Bee. We learn early on that Bee is dead. Was it suicide? Everyone but Tess believes so. The account follows Tess's attempts to make sense of what had happened to Bee. She was so full of life - she couldn't have possibly chose to end it. "You painted abstract canvases, expressing large truths in bold splashes of vivid color while I was perfectly suited to my job in corporate design, matching every color in the world to a Pantone number. Lacking your ability with broad brushstrokes I will tell you this story in accurate dots of detail. I'm hoping that as in a pointillistic painting, the dots will form a picture and when it is completed, we will understand what happened and why." Lupton deliciously and slowly inserts details into every chapter, gradually filling us in on what has already happened. We learn that Tess is being interviewed by a lawyer and her statement recorded. What did Tess discover? What happened to Bee? What is happening to Tess? As the interviews continue over the course of several days, her health seems to be failing. Sister is a fantastic mystery, but also a beautiful retrospective of the love between the two sisters. Lupton's prose are thoughtful, evoking emotion easily. There were numerous suspects possible, but I am thrilled to say that I never saw the ending coming. Planning to read this one? DO NOT read the end first. Best. Twist. Ending. Ever. This was a debut for Lupton - I will be hunting down her second book for sure.
Date published: 2011-08-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read!!! Do not start this book unless you have time to finish it! It grabs you from the very first page and keeps you turning with suspense until the very last page. You will smile, you will cry and your heart will break. I am anxiously awaiting the release of Rosamund's next novel.
Date published: 2011-02-20

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"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"You'll relish every twist and turn." —People"Eerie psychological mystery...With its loving portrayal of what it means to be a sister balanced by some impressively Hitchcockian twists, SISTER should appeal to fans of the character-driven mysteries of Kate Atkinson and Tana French." —CSMonitor.com"Elegantly suspenseful...a pulse-quickening cocktail of science fiction and whodunit, with a splash of literary poetics and poignancy."--NPR.org“Gripping.” —O, The Oprah Magazine"A psychological murder mystery written with a literary flair…Be prepared for page-turning.” —Vanity Fair.com“[A] fast-paced, absurdly entertaining novel....Along with a juicy mystery, it resounds with an authentic sense of sisterly love and loyalty.” —The Boston Globe "SISTER is an emotionally resonant and tightly drawn novel." —The Post and Courier"Taut and tingling." —Good Housekeeping"A remarkable piece of work. Lupton shrewdly and compassionately peels back the story's rich layers." —The Seattle Times“For those of us with sisters, a reminder of how lucky we are.” —Pittsburgh Post Gazette"A riveting and moving tale." —Houston Chronicle “A winner, as worth reading for its psychological intensity as it is for its mystery plot, not to mention the genuinely surprising twist near the end.” —BookReporter"A poignant and perceptive depiction of the emotional bonds between two sisters…The result is a superb thriller, full of twists and turns, false leads and a surprise ending—all seamlessly woven into a touching story of a sisterly bond." —BookPage"Gripping and haunting, this whodunit explores the powerful bond between sisters." —All You Magazine"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, starred review"Beautifully written with an unexpected twist at the end...Thriller fans will eagerly await Lupton’s next book" —Library Journal, starred review“Hitchcockian spookiness in this tale of two sisters. A skillfully wrought psychological thriller.” —Kirkus Reviews"Truly marvelous! As compelling as it is stylish, SISTER exists in that rare place where crime fiction and literature coincide." —Jeffery Deaver  "A compulsive thriller with genuine originality. Very clever, very surprising, very touching. I devoured it." —Louise Candlish"Poignant and thrilling, this clever debut explores the fascinating bond between sisters, and haunts you with the power of their love." —Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing"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, New York Times bestselling author of Fragile "Both beautiful and suspenseful, SISTER is an absolutely stunning debut.  The ending will leave you reeling." —Alafair Burke, author of Long Gone