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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,Sisterprovides 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 missin
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Paperback, 341 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by Broadway (first published 2010)
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Richard
Jul 04, 2011 Richard rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Stacey (prettybooks)
Feb 13, 2012 Stacey (prettybooks) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jodi Picoult fans - it's different but similar
Sister is a psychological thriller from the viewpoint of Beatrice. Beatrice communicates to her missing sister Tess through a letter or diary-like entries. The plot is centered around her attempts to find out the truth about Tess's disappearance.

I loved this book. Another reviewer described it as a "crime fiction novel for people who don't like crime fiction" and I agree with that description. I've read a few crime fiction novels and really enjoyed them (e.g. the Millenium trilogy) but it can b
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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Aug 16, 2013 Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Florence (Lefty) by: Theresa
This isn’t a roller-coaster ride, rather than a thriller I’d call it psychological-suspense. Even rather than fast-paced with a pervading sense of menace, an uneasiness that quietly builds. Beatrice the successful level-headed older sister arrives from New York to unravel the mystery surrounding Tess’s death. Her flighty artistic kid sister who in her own condescending and slightly superior fashion she deeply loved.

Beatrice undergoes a journey of self-discovery when she moves into her sister’s s
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Edith
Sep 16, 2011 Edith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
What rating do you give a book that definitely holds your interest and keeps you reading any time you can snatch a chunk of time, however small, yet leaves you disappointed and irritated when it ends? Which is more important - constantly being kept pulled into a story or coming away at the end of the book a satisfied reader???

I do not recall where I read the review that led me to queue up for this book at the library (and the line was long, believe me), but I noticed that most of the Goodreads r
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Amanda
Jun 28, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
This is a great summer read. Not because it is light and fluffy, quite the opposite, but because it is the kind of book that keeps you up very late at night to finish and it's good to be on vacation and not need to get up for work or to get kids ready for school the next morning. That is how I read it. In one night. Stayed awake til after one am to do so. Something about the way the author constructed the plot and the unfolding revelations kept me turning the pages. The shifting tenses and backw ...more
Victoria
Initially, I really enjoyed this book. It opens up and immediately grasps readers with its unique perspective - the book is narrated by one sister directly to her deceased sister, catching her up on what has been happening since her death. It really gives an interesting frame to the novel and its actions. There is a lot of emotion in this book - and Lupton does a wonderful job of conveying a realistic relationship between these two sisters.

Unfortunately, the ending spoiled the entire book for me
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Anna
Aug 10, 2014 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. I put this book on my ‘mystery/thriller’ shelf based on its blurb, but there’s SO much more to it than that. Yes, the question of what happened to Tess is its central thread, but that’s only one of its many layers and complexities.

I was absorbed by it, confused, compelled. It’s an emotive read, looking at every kind of human trait, and I was moved to tears more than once. It’s one of those books where the full story is only revealed right at the very end, and even then you have to
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Rosie
Sep 19, 2015 Rosie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is told from the perspective of Beatrice, and is, in a way, written as one big letter to her missing sister. I struggled to get into this one. I was never in a hurry to get back to reading the story and I often found at times I was reluctant to read it. There was a fair bit of repetitiveness which really slowed the pace of the novel down and I felt that every little movement or life event was documented and probably didn't need to be. I think Rosamund Lupton did convey Beatrice's grief ...more
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
This book was astonishing. The blurb does not do the book justice and from what I read on the cover, it was certainly not what I expected. From the start, the book was quite a page turner and it was filled with intrigue. I thought that the way it was written - through a letter/conversation with her 'lawyer'/sister - was very different and effective. The realisation of what the message was and who Beatrice was talking to all along was incredible and quite shocking - The concept of this book is am ...more
MC
I thought this book was silly and beyond that insulting in its treatment of depression and suicide. Having said that, it was a lot better than any book I've ever written (none). Still...ugh.

From the first page, I winced at the over-blown tone of the main character's voice. I felt like I was reading a thirteen-year-old's idea of what an emotionally distraught person should sound like. I was seriously relieved when the "gasp" ending at least revealed the name "Mr. Wright" was not totally an inten
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Blair
This was one of those books I really wanted to like; there seemed to be such a general buzz around it and I hoped it would live up to the hype. Unfortunately, I just found it average overall.

On the plus side: it was certainly compelling and the plot had me hooked from the start. Most impressively, particularly for a debut, I was kept guessing all the way through and didn't work out who the culprit was until the end of the story was very near. I did have an inkling what was going to happen when I
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JChipol
Aug 14, 2011 JChipol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My mum always describes mediocre films and books as ‘quite entertaining’ or ‘diverting’. This book quite simply sums up both these statements; it was ‘ok’ and it did keep me entertained for a couple of days, but it is no great work of fiction.
The story revolves around Beatrice who, once she discovers that her sister has gone missing, flies to England from New York in order to find her. When her sister, Tess, is found dead, Bea is certain that there is far more to the case than at first meets the
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Akylina
Η πανέμορφη - και αρκετά συναισθηματικά φορτισμένη - πρόζα συναντά μια καταιγιστική πλοκή και δημιουργεί αυτό το μυθιστόρημα που δε μοιάζει παρά ελάχιστα στα μέχρι τώρα συνηθισμένα αστυνομικά. Μου άρεσε πολύ ο τρόπος γραφής της συγγραφέως καθώς και το γεγονός ότι φρόντισε να συμπεριλάβει πολλές λογοτεχνικές αναφορές στο κείμενό της. Οι ανατροπές στο τέλος διαδέχονται η μια την άλλη, αν και θα προτιμούσα ένα πιο "σίγουρο" κλείσιμο στο τέλος. Έμεινα πάντως πολύ ικανοποιημένη από την πρώτη μου λογο ...more
Zoeytron
'Grief is the ultimate unrequited love.' A different way to think of death, to be sure. Bee's upwardly mobile lifestyle is thrown to the winds as she digs into the circumstances of her younger sister's disappearance. Her grasp on sanity seems a bit fragile, and as the story unfolds, she steps into Tess' shoes and moves into her flat in an effort to learn more. The morphing of Bee from her safely staid life into the more bohemian leanings of her sister is interesting.

Every person attending a fun
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Melanie
May 30, 2016 Melanie rated it liked it
I am giving this book a 2 1/2 to 3 stars. For me this rating means "it was ok, I liked it, but feel kind of wishy/washy about it. While reading it I really wanted to know the ending so that was good, but I felt it was a bit repetitive, which is not so good. I liked how the author described the relationship between the sisters. That's pretty true to life (I'm a big sister). I did have suspicions about the culprit and I was right (for once). I'll be willing to try another book by this author.
Bookish
Jun 20, 2011 Bookish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"...Grief is love turned into an eternal missing."

Upon turning the last page of this book, I felt as though I got the wind knocked out of me. Sister: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton is flat out powerful, riveting, and an emotional wallop of a read.

From the first page, I was plunged into Bee's despair and rage over her sister's death. Unlike what the synopsis might indicate - and although Bee does attempt to uncover her sister's killer, even when those around her doubt she had even been murdered, Sis
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Vaso
Mar 31, 2016 Vaso rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Rosamund Lupton, I started wrongly by reading her second book firstly. Sister, her debut novel didn't disappoint me at all. Written as a letter to her deceased sister was an excellent choice. I was hooked to it from the beginning, especially with Bee's prose talking. it is also an emotional read, with great twists especially at the end. I totally recommend this book to those who like a good psychological thriller.

4.5 stars
Mary
May 12, 2012 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a book club choice for my mystery book club. I know this book has had good reviews, was chosen for some awards, but for me it was a struggle to read on. I think it had potential and certainly the mystery within the pages could have been more gripping, but it never enticed me in. I think it was because I did not care what happened to the characters; none of them were stellar, I was not able to attach myself to any of them. They all left me with no feeling toward them. Therefore, it was d ...more
Michael
Feb 21, 2013 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: Theresa
I found a lot to like in this psychological thriller about an ordinary person seeking justice for her murdered sister. Bee gets called to London from New York because her sister Tess has disappeared. Soon she is found dead, and the police judge it suicide in her despair over the birth of a stillborn baby. Yet Bee just knows that her free-spirited sister would not kill herself, and step by step she does her own form of investigation.

The art of the book comes from how it draws you in from the fund
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Diane
Sep 21, 2011 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a debut novel by the author. That said, all I can say is I will definitely be reading more by her.

This book was a gripping page-turner, with some of the most heartfelt writing I have come across in a long time (I really can't say enough about her writing!). Phrases that made me catch my breath. For example: "being depressed would be so welcome compared with the pain of bereavement"; "I'd rather feel guilty for the rest of my life than for her to have felt a second's fear" (mother t
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Maria Dimitrova
Jan 12, 2016 Maria Dimitrova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Сестра" не е толкова забързан трилър, колкото психологичен съспенс, в който Лъптън рядко умело и проникновено разкрива мислите и чувствата, душата на героите, и по - специално тези на по-голямата сестра, главната героиня в романа.
Самата история не е нещо невиждано и оригинално, но това, което ме грабна в романа, е начинът, по който е поднесена - като писмо към по-малката мъртва сестра. Това допринася за емоционалния заряд, който носи със себе си. Звучи толкова истинско.
В това писмо Биатрис ка
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Chris_P
I start writing this review having absolutely no idea how many stars I'll give it. Thing is, at first I didn't think I'd like this book. As I was reading though, I found myself admiring a hell of a lot of things in it. And then (and this I'm borrowing from the book) I crash-landed. Damn! If I hadn't liked it from the beginning, it would have been OK. Another crappy book on the list. Here's one star, now fuck off, I'm moving on. But this made me have expectations! This let-down feeling is the wor ...more
Estações Literárias
Adorei ler este livro e por isso dei-lhe a classificação máxima – 5 estrelas. Além do mistério, que nos faz querer virar as páginas velozmente, também devido a uma escrita cativante. A autora Rosamund explora o mundo das ligações familiares, principalmente o elo que liga duas irmãs e o faz de uma maneira brilhante.
Quando Beatrice descobre que a sua irmã, Tess, desapareceu sem deixar rasto abandona tudo em Nova York para saber do paradeiro da irmã em Londres. Há medida que acção se desenrola desc
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Jess ❈Harbinger of Blood-Soaked Rainbows❈
I have to admit, I'm not much of a mystery reader. When you take horror and paranormal out of the mix and except for the occasional romp with my childhood favorite, Mary Higgins Clark, this is a widely undiscovered genre for me. This is why I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this novel. Though there were some little stylistic flaws, I found the plot to be enjoyable and (even though murder is involved) fairly breezy. The plot is centered around two sisters, Beatrice and Tess, though if ...more
Brenda
Dec 31, 2010 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Sister' is perhaps the best debut thriller I have ever read.

It is written in the form of a letter from Beatrice. In this letter, Bee (as Tess always called her) tells her sister Tess everything about the things that happened after Tess disappeared without any known reason. Throughout the whole book, you can read the text messages and e-mails sent between the two sisters.

Bee's voice is very distinctive. From the start of Tess' disappearance, she believes there has been a crime, because she KNOWS
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Kirstine
Grief is love turned into an eternal missing

I sat down one misty morning, cracked open this book and hardly put it down until I was finished later that evening.

It's written as a long letter to the sister of our protagonist, which gave the book a different feel from your average crime novel. Don't get me wrong, there is a crime and crime-solving, but not in the way you expect. It is not a detective's hunt for justice, it's a sisters hunt for the truth behind an event that cracked open her safe
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Chevy Stevens
Jun 26, 2011 Chevy Stevens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poignant and thrilling, this clever debut explores the fascinating bond between sisters and haunts you with the power of their love.
Chrissie
Aug 01, 2014 Chrissie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chrissie by: gemma
This is a psychological thriller. It was not for me. I was not ever scared. I thought it felt totally fake, with NOT a smidgen of reality.

Maybe I should avoid psychological thrillers in the future, but heck I did enjoy Thérèse Raquin.

ETA: I also hated the complicated narrative voice which the book uses. Bess is writing a letter to her sister Tess, whom she believes has been murdered - relating how she figured out who her sister's murderer was. Suicide or death? That is one of the central questi
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Heather Turiello
Wow. Just...wow. What an intelligent, interesting, heartfelt, and classic mystery and copious examination of relationships during a time of grieving. Bee's sister disappears and later turns up dead. The medical examiner rules the death as a suicide, but Bee doesn't believe her sister would ever take her own life. Bee digs deeper and deeper unearthing more and more about Tess's final months/days. This story, written as a letter to her Bee's dead sister, allows you to tag along as Bee experiences ...more
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Rosamund Lupton is the author of Sister, a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller and a bestseller in Europe.

Published in the UK by Little, Brown Book Group, Sister has been translated into over thirty languages and has international sales of over 1.5 million copies. It was the fastest-selling debut of 2010 by a British author, a BBC Radio 4, Book at Bedtime and was winner of the Richard and
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“When I talk about unrequited love, most of you probably think about romantic love, but there are many other kinds of love that are not adequately returned, if they are returned at all. An angry adolescent may not love her mother back as her mother loves her; an abusive father doesn't return the innocent open love of his young child. But grief is the ultimate unrequieted love. However hard and however long we love someone who has died, they can never love us back. At least that is how it feels...” 173 likes
“I get up and pace the room, as if I can leave my guilt behind me. But it tracks me as I walk, an ugly shadow made by myself.” 110 likes
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