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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Book of the Week: The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

“There is a wealth of legend about fearsome female warriors from ancient Greece. These tales speak of women who were trained in the art of war from childhood–in the use of weapons, and how to cope with physical privation. They lived apart from the men and went to war in their own regiments. The tales tell us that they conquered men on the field of battle,” according to Stieg Larsson in the third of the “Millenium” series.

In Larsson’s third book, “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest,” we connect with Lisbeth Salander as she undergoes brain surgery and rehabilitation immediately following her encounter with Zalachenko, a former Russian spy, and Ronald Niedermann, a German whose physique is no match for anyone he encounters.

All the while, Mikael Blomkvist continues to be a key player in the criminal investigation that occurred in “The Girl Who Played With Fire.” What’s more, strong forces are working against Blomkvist — no one’s safe. Cover ups are alive and well in this book at throughout every level of government.

Larsson has strategically placed strong females characters throughout this novel — Salander, Annika Giannini, Blomkvist’s sister and Salander’s lawyer, and Erika Berger, former editor-in-chief of Millenium — to name a few. The dynamic personalities of these women leads tells a tale of female strength and empowerment as secrets are forced into the light.

While the American film hasn’t been made yet, the Swedish and original version is alive and well. Here’s the trailer:

Once you’ve finished reading this lengthy but oh-so-worth-it novel, you can watch the movie on Netflix streaming.

Enjoy the final Salander-Blomkvist book — Happy reading!