Sister by Rosamund Lupton

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.

I have a confession to make: I don’t read books based on what Richard or Judy tell me I should read. Phew, I’m so glad I got that out of the way! Sister by Rosamund Lupton is indeed a Ricard and Judy pick (so Amazon tells me; like I said, I don’t care what R&J read, the same way I don’t care what Oprah reads). Because it’s a suspense/thriller, it appealed to me immediately, though; sometimes I like to spice up my reading and novels that are a bit tense, that are tightly written and hard to decipher are excellent choices for me and they’re the perfect antidote to Chick Lit which is decidedly lighter sometimes.

I thought Sister was an incredibly gripping novel. The narrative did take a little while to get used to, as it’s written in the form of one big letter so it takes a little while to get used to all the “you”s Beatrice uses because she’s talking to her sister as she recounts everything that occurred after her sister, Tess, disappeared. I loved the plot line and Lupton wrote it in such a way that I had no idea what was going to happen next, no idea what we’d find out about Tess next. Throughout the entire novel, I couldn’t wait to get to the end, to find out what exactly had happened to Tess.

Sister was a brilliant novel. Gripping, brilliant to read and hard to put down, I finished it in about 5 hours. I thought the big twist at the end was something else entirely. I truly and honestly didn’t seem it coming in the slightest. It wasn’t necessarily out of the blue either, I just didn’t see it coming! There’s no doubt that all the praise heaped upon Sister was more than worth it. Rosamund Lupton is a brilliant new talent in suspense/crime fiction and I’m rather pleased with myself that I already have her second novel Afterwards waiting to be read. Sister is a novel all crime/suspense fans should read and I loved it. The ending of the novel was open to interpretation as to how we felt the novel fully ended and I for one know how I chose it to end! I’m not usually a fan of endings that aren’t all wrapped up in a bow, but I liked that Lupton left it open for us and I liked choosing my own path for Beatrice and Tess. A brilliant, brilliant debut novel.

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