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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  29,477 ratings  ·  3,721 reviews
"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...more
Hardcover, 319 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Crown Publishing Group (NY) (first published January 1st 2010)
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Wildjane Bee is not ill, and she's not having meeting with anyone either. She's been drugged by her sister's killer, and left to die in a dark forgotten place.…moreBee is not ill, and she's not having meeting with anyone either. She's been drugged by her sister's killer, and left to die in a dark forgotten place. She's writing a mental letter to her sister, in which she tells her everything that has happened, except the fact that she (Bee) was captured by the killer - she'll reveal this fact at the very end. In order to do so, she choses a narrative structure that allows her to go back and forth in the story. BUt the drugs probably take their toll on her, and Bee has some moments when she blacks out and weakens. She does not elaborate on the reason, but merely mentions that she's sick, to preserve the suspense of what happened to her.(less)

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I'm no longer taking Amazon's recommendations for suspense novels. I was recently disappointed by A Discovery of Witches, and now Sister is getting a big push. Two more boring "thrillers" are hard to imagine. Sister follows snobby, racist Beatrice as she investigates the disappearance and possible murder of her free-spirited sister. Actually, Beatrice has already solved the crime, and is telling the story to a policeman in a series of sessions - which is as annoying a narrative structure as I ha...more
Mari Biella
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Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
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...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
Feb 13, 2012 Stacey (prettybooks) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
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...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
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...more
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...more
'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...more
Stephanie D.
"...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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Diane D.
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...more
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
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...more
O retiro do Opinanço
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...more
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
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...more
Oct 17, 2014 Cory rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who like emotionally challenging crime stories
Shelves: thriller, tod
„Liebste Tess“ war ein intensiver, emotional berührender, aber auch spannender Thriller, der mir den Atem geraubt hat.

Der Leser liest einen Brief, den Beatrice („Bee“) an ihre Schwester Tess schreibt. Sie beginnt mit Tess‘ plötzlichem Verschwinden – unerklärlich, denn Tess wäre nie ohne ein Wort einfach davon gelaufen. Nach ein paar entsetzlichen Tagen bangen Hoffens wird Tess tot im Hyde Park aufgefunden. Es hat den Anschein, dass sie Selbstmord begangen hat, aber Beatrice glaubt nicht eine Sek...more

I enjoyed the format and story and that Lupton's personality came through in the book (she's an English Lit. graduate and the story is peppered with literary references). My favourite phrase - which I'll be recycling - was, 'I did try to argue with him, but I might as well have been playing the triangle on the hard shoulder of the M4' (p.270).

However, the lapse in research concerning St. Anne's was sloppy (and if it hadn't been sloppy, it wouldn't have made me suspi...more
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Sister is the best debut thriller I have ever read.

It is written as a farewell letter from Bee. In this letter, Bee tells her dead sister Tess everything about the things that happened after Tess disappeared without any known reason. Throughout the whole book, there are text messages or e-mails sent between the two sisters pictured.

Bee's voice is very distinctive. From the very beginning she believes in a crime, that is considered a suicide from every other one who is involved. She is considered...more
Fernanda Matias
Não gosto de dar opiniões sobre os livros que leio, porque de certo modo, de forma involuntária, acabamos por influenciar outras pessoas a ler. Cada um tem o seu gosto.
Gosto de livros em que me apaixono pela(s) personagem/personagens, em que a própria história é idêntico a ter uma vertigem ou ataque cardíaco e que mais nada é mais importante do que acabar de ler o raio do livro.
Esta história que para mim passou-me ao lado. Gostei do amor incondicional entre irmãs, diferentes na sua maneira de ve...more
Nas primeiras páginas estava entusiasmada. Achei o enredo interessante – talvez porque seja uma irmã – mas ler aquilo foi difícil. Arrastei-me por páginas e páginas onde nada acontecia. Não desisti porque tinha esperança de encontrar um final interessante e afinal…
As 3* são apenas pela dose de suspense que me levou até ao fim da leitura.
Chevy Stevens
Poignant and thrilling, this clever debut explores the fascinating bond between sisters and haunts you with the power of their love.
Hayley Paige
Jan 09, 2011 Hayley Paige rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a sister
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Isto deve ser uma praga do Blogring, só pode! 2º livro recebido, 2º livro que leva 1 estrela.

Não percebo as reviews tão positivas e overrated que vi antes de ler este livro, achei esta leitura complicada e demorada. Já não aguentava olhar mais para o livro mas sabia que tinha de terminá-lo para falar mal dele.

Quando Bee descobre, através de um telefonema da mãe, que Tess a sua irmã mais nova encontra-se desaparecida refressa a Londres de modo a encontrar uma explicação para este desaparecimento...more
Com uma premissa e capa extremamente cativante, Irmã representa a minha estreia com a autora Rosamund Lupton.

Esperava um Thriller emocionante, de fazer arrepiar os pelinhos do corpo. A demanda incansável pela irmã mais nova que sumiu e depois pela verdade relativamente ao que lhe aconteceu. O problema quando se criam expectativas é que, se estas não se realizarem, acabamos por nos sentirmos frustradas e desiludidas. E foi isso que aconteceu.

Não posso, em boa consciência, afirmar que a história...more
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Rosamund Lupton started writing when she could first hold a pencil. She studied English literature at Cambridge University. Following her BA degree, she was a freelance copywriter and reviewer, including writing reviews for the Literary Review. She won a TV play competition and became a full time screenwriter, working for the BBC and independent film companies. When her youngest child started scho...more
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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...” 104 likes
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