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3.77  ·  Rating details ·  46,260 ratings  ·  4,996 reviews
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 unpre ...more
Paperback, 358 pages
Published September 2nd 2010 by Piatkus Books (first published 2010)
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Jul 04, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-11
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
Stacey (prettybooks)
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 be a di
Charlotte May
“Maybe terror and dread, once experienced, embed themselves into you even when the cause has gone, leaving behind a sleeping horror, which is too easily awakened.”

This was a pretty good mystery/thriller. Beatrice has always been close to her sister Tess, but after moving to the States they grow more distant. So when Beatrice gets a call from her mother to say that Tess has gone missing, she jumps on the first flight home to London.

Told as a narrative, as Beatrice recounts it to her lawyer, al
Mari Biella
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable debut from Rosamund Lupton, Sister follows the narrator, Beatrice, as she attempts to uncover the truth about the disappearance of her free-spirited sister Tess. As other readers have commented, the blurb on the back cover is a tad misleading: it suggests that (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 16, 2011 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
~ Becs ~
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, Sister by Rosamund Lupton. I know I’m a few years behind the times with this one and, in truth, I’d not come across this author before but I was sat in the hairdressers enduring the endless wait for my hair colour to take when I noticed a girl across the waiting area whose hair was a shock of foils sticking out in every direction only she didn’t look anywhere near as bored as me. In fact, she was completely devouring a dog-eared paperback, absolutely engrossed. I squinted across the room and ...more
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Oct 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 he
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
 Li'l Owl
Beautifully written. Heartbreakingly sad.
Potently emotional. Brilliantly executed. Terrifyingly realistic. Happy ending? You decide.

Undeniably one of the best novels out there.

It is absolutely amazing that this is Rosamund Lupton's first novel. I was so riveted to the pages that I lost three hours of time before coming up for air. I'm looking forward to reading more novels by this undeniably talented writer! Highly recommended!
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 h
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh, what a fantastic book! I really loved this one and am looking forward to reading Rosamund's other two novels. I loved the suspense throughout, and the ending was a massive shock. The final page made me cry big fat tears. Finding out why the main character was writing a long letter to her sister was absolutely devastating. The things we do to try and cope... Can't say too much without giving the whole story away. This is definitely one that will stay with me for a long time to come.
Oct 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: family-ties, crime
I enjoyed reading this book. Good story, well written, suspenseful, 'whodunnit'is a big question mark and at the same time it is a touching, grieving story for a sister lost. Great read.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
...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...

Well, this book surprised the hell out of me.

Sister is a psychological thriller about two sisters - Beatrice and Tess. The bond between them has always been strong, and when Beatrice hears that her younger sister is missing, she comes back to her hometown to find out what exactly happened to her sister. The story shifts betw/>
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
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 mee
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 h
'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
Natalie Vellacott
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I really enjoyed this novel which was a relief as I haven't been getting on that well with some of my recent choices! It is outside of my usual genre being fiction and non-Christian.

The story is told by Beatrice whose sister Tess has gone missing whilst pregnant. Beatrice is writing a letter to her sister and tells the story through her writings. The author jumps backwards and forwards in the time line from the perspectives of the various characters. Maybe that sounds confusing. Norm
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"...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 m
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 f
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
I thought Sister was really good... especially for a debut novel. It was a little dry in places, and the timeline was a little confusing at the beginning, but I really was kept guessing up until the end. Beatrice wasn't the most likeable or sympathetic character, but I think that was on purpose. She wasn't trying to be likeable, she would just do anything to find out what happened to her sister.
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.
Aug 18, 2011 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
May 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
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 ques
Dec 29, 2010 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
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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