Book of the Week: Sister

“Fast-paced, absurdly entertaining novel… Along with a juicy mystery, it resounds with an authentic sense of sisterly love and loyalty,” according to the Boston Globe.

Sister, Rosamund Lupton‘s debut novel, explores the relationship between sisters as one sister, Beatrice Hemming, comes to terms with her sister’s, Tess, disappearance, while also proving to herself and to the world that she did not abandon Tess. Along the way, Beatrice struggles with grief and emotions.

Sister by Rosamund Lupton. “Nothing can break the bond between sisters.”

Lupton’s writing is exquisite and possesses a Stieg Larsson-esque quality. Lupton drops the reader into the story by making them ask the question “Where is Tess?”. As the narrative progresses, it’s clear Beatrice is writing a letter to Tess as she explains step-by-step how the missing persons investigation proceeded, but also explains why Bee, as Tess called her, did everything she did following her disappearance.

Eventually, Tess’ body is found. The police rule it a suicide, but Beatrice believes something else entirely. As everyone, including friends, family and the police, accepts her death as a suicide, Bee is going to prove the strength of the bond between Tess and herself, and that Tess would not commit suicide. This book explores the bond between sisters and how that relationship is unlike any other one will experience in their life, or have the privilege of exploring.

I cannot say enough great things about Sister and Rosamund Lupton’s writing. “Both tear-jerking and spine-tingling, Sister provides an adrenaline rush that could cause a chill on the sunniest afternoon,” according to the New York Times.

Lupton knows exactly when to uncover enough information, which propels the reader forward into a frantic and frenzied pace. It’s a masterpiece and it’s her debut novel.

Looking for a great summer read? Then you’ve found it in Sister.

If you love Sister, then you will be glad to know Lupton’s follow-up novel, Afterwards, has been released.

Happy reading!


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