by Rosamund Lupton


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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, Sister provides 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 missing, Bee returns home to London on the first flight. She expects to find Tess and give her the usual lecture, the bossy big sister scolding her flighty baby sister for taking off without letting anyone know her plans. Tess has always been a free spirit, an artist who takes risks, while conservative Bee couldn’t be more different. Bee is used to watching out for her wayward sibling and is fiercely protective of Tess (and has always been a little stern about her antics). But then Tess is found dead, apparently by her own hand.

Bee is certain that Tess didn’t commit suicide. Their family and the police accept the sad reality, but Bee feels sure that Tess has been murdered.  Single-minded in her search for a killer, Bee moves into Tess's apartment and throws herself headlong into her sister's life—and all its secrets.

Though her family and the police see a grieving sister in denial, unwilling to accept the facts, Bee uncovers the affair Tess was having with a married man and the pregnancy that resulted, and her difficultly with a stalker who may have crossed the line when Tess refused his advances. Tess was also participating in an experimental medical trial that might have gone very wrong.  As a determined Bee gives her statement to the lead investigator, her story reveals a predator who got away with murder—and an obsession that may cost Bee her own life.

A thrilling story of fierce love between siblings, Sister is a suspenseful and accomplished debut with a stunning twist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307716521
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 12/20/2011
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 127,076
Product dimensions: 5.22(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Rosamund Lupton is the internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed author of the novels Sister and Afterwards. Her New York Times bestselling debut, Sister, was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Target Book Club pick, and has been translated into over thirty languages with international sales of over 1.5 million copies. Lupton lives in London with her husband and two sons.

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Sister 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 263 reviews.
angeleyesAS More than 1 year ago
Sister is an engrossing, emotional thriller touching on devotion, betrayal, self-absorption, madness, and grief. It keeps you wondering just how unraveled Bee is going to become and wondering what really happened to Tess. The story is cleverly plotted and fast paced. Bee is the responsible sister and Tess is an impulsive free spirit who sees the beauty in the world around her. When Beatrice learns that her beloved sister has disappeared, she rushes home to London. But when the police find young Tess's body, everyone seems ready to accept it as suicide. Everybody, that is, but Beatrice. While bureaucracy stands in her way, she leaves the rules behind and goes in search of the truth. Her search and discoveries blend romance, politics, and science in surprising ways. When everyone is sure that her pursuit of Tess's killer is a delusion, she has to nurture that so-called delusion to unlock the truth. This selective turn of the head gives her a vivid personality. The book is highly compelling and totally riveting. The writing is excellent.
Ellster More than 1 year ago
Riveting thriller that had me torn between not being able to put the book down with not wanting to finish it because I loved the characters and storyline so much.
Carol Barrett More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down! The plot kept me guessing and just when I thought I had the mystery solved it would twist and turn again. Writing was smart and characters well developed. The beautiful relationship of Bee and her sister brought me to tears. LOVED IT!
Forrest Quiggle More than 1 year ago
Overall a pretty good read, not great. There were numerous points in the story i wanted the author to just get to the point. The ending was alright.
lsmeadows More than 1 year ago
One of the things that I am enjoying about being involved in Goodreads and writing a blog, is the amount of new authors that I have been exposed to. Rosamund Lupton is another one of those authors. Sister is her debut novel, and it is well worth the read. What Lupton gives us is a tale of the relationship between two sisters all wrapped up in a mystery. Rather than taking away from either story, these two stories fit well together and keep the reader involved. Bee flies to London as her sister is reported missing, only to have the police discover her sister's body and to have the coroner declare it as a suicide. Bee does not believe Tess would commit suicide and proceeds to try to prove otherwise. The story is told in the form of letters to her sister and Bee's ultimate recollection of events. I found both stories captivating and engrossing. The characters were excellently portrayed and believable. The relationship story had the right mix of nostalgia and poignancy. The mystery was excellent, complete with all the right twists and turns and an ending that was surprising on more than one level. Great debut by Ms. Lupton and I am looking forward to reading her next book.
Ayane More than 1 year ago
Rosamund Lupton has become one of my author's to watch with Sister. This isn't a murder mystery novel as much as it is a story that demonstrates the power of the bonds of sisterhood under the worst of circumstances. Through Lupton's writing I began to find myself mourning for Tess, the lost sister, and desperately wanting to see Beatrice succeed in proving Tess didn't kill herself. Sisters made me long for the bond that these two sisters had in my own life.
Thiltpold More than 1 year ago
The story started out slow during the introduction of characters but mid way through so much was happening I could not put it down. A very interesting account of "who done it".
juliaandlauren More than 1 year ago
Best book I have read in a while. Grabs you. I kept sneaking off to read it anytime I could.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book and it is outstanding. It keeps you interested and it has a surprising ending. I did not want the book to end. I will look for her second book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is suspenseful with enough twists to keep you thinking, guessing & interested. I was a bit underwhelmed with the overt genetics underpinnings. I also at times had to focus on the setting - are we in the past or the present?; however, there is an eventual payoff to the reader. The best part of this novel the author's ability to vividly portray the bonds of sisterhood.
Beekermlady More than 1 year ago
I truly felt connected to Bee and Tess, until about page 200, then it seemed like the story just strayed too far from their relationship and on to a very twisty reality of Beatrice. A turn in the novel that I wasn't expecting and believe may have hindered the initial plot. It was unexpected and a unique turn but seriously under developed and rushed. Still, I will recommend this book and look forward to watch/reading as this author perfects her style!
KAdham More than 1 year ago
I heard an interview with the author on NPR and decided I would pick this up. It was great, as I have a sister and it was so real, I totally understood the prespective of the narrator and couldn't put it down until I was finished!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written great perspective full of details, You will enjoy it and want more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
..."Sister" captures you and doesn't let go until the last word is devoured. I was not seeking a thriller but was attracted due to having a sister who is so different & yet so similar to myself. I would reccomend this to anyone who wants lifelike characters flaws & all. It is a true page turner that holds you like glue beginning to end.
Luv2readdiane More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully written book. The characters are wonderful, the essence of the story was captivating. Would love to read other books written by Rosamund Lupton. I have recommended this book to many friends already. Enjoy, Luv 2 read.
Betti More than 1 year ago
I really loved this book....can hardly wait for her next one! The end was especially good. I did not see it coming and it definately left me wanting more books from this author! This book would also make a good book club read because it has mystery, suspence, and romance. In other words, a little bit of something for everyone.
BeauJW More than 1 year ago
I muddled through this book hoping that it would get didn't. The author did manage to convey the loving bond between the sisters. Not a page turner.
tina1969 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
'My sister would never have killed herself.'When Beatrice hears that her little sister, Tess, is missing, she returns home to London on the first flight available. But Bee is unprepared for the terrifying truths she must face about her younger sibling when Tess's broken body is discovered in the snow.The police, Bee's friends, her fiancé and even her mother accept the fact that Tess committed suicide. But nobody knows a sister like a sister, and Bee is convinced that something more sinister is responsible for Tess's untimely death. So she embarks on a dangerous journey to discover the truth, no matter the cost.My Thoughts:After reading a couple of books that I found a bit a drab and average this book was just what I needed to get me into reading mode.It is a none stop, not be able to put down thriller. Every page that I turned was a good as the last. What did it for me was that I was behind Beatrice all the way egging her on to find out the truth. I have two sisters myself and I would have done exactly the same myself. The book was realistic and it was hard to work out who actually was the baddie and I was guessing then changing my mind , then I didn¿t guess correct in the end. I can see that this book would give a good discussion at book group as there is nothing no more important than family. My only negative was the ending and I couldn¿t see why it was what it was. I really can¿t explain myself here without creating a massive spoiler. The book is still a worthy read all be it a bit muddling at the end and I would recommend this read.
bhowell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
an excellent thriller
Amsa1959 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this novel. I got hooked from the start. It´s well written and you can´t stop reading because you have to find out what has happened and what IS happening. It´s much more than a mystery novel. It´s a novel about love, loss, relations, ethics. Read it!
ruthm2010 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This emotional story of love loyalty and loss describes Beatrice's journey to discover the events which led to her younger sister's disappearance. The storyline twists and turns right to the end eventually leading to a very satisfying conclusion.
readingwithtea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dear Rosamund,How dare you? I can't even start this review with a quote, I'm so furious. Sister is excellent. Magnificent. Just enough tension to be gripping without being terrifying (see my reaction to Mice). Plenty of sister-love. Lots of London-love. A nice bit of transatlantic "I wasn't there" guilt.And then you went and RUINED IT with that wimp of an ending. A non-ending, if you will. A coda abbandonnata. You leave it up to the reader? Seriously? Who does that? You know who? Me. In my GCSE coursework. When I was 15. I studied Physics at uni so you should understand that I am the world's worst creative writer. Worse than Dan Brown and Stephanie Meyer and every bosom-heaving, bodice-ripping, flower-despoiling romance writer there ever was. Even J.K. Rowling knew that we were not having it left up to the reader as to whether Ron and Hermione got together and had unfortunately-tressed mini-magicians, OK, she told us! In a terrible prologue which turned me off the franchise altogether, but she told us.Do you realise that the whole book doesn't make sense if you don't resolve the ending? Only one half of it does? The only half only does if the ending goes one way, not the other? Because *can't rant about why because it would be a massive spoiler* - and therefore you haven't failed to write an ending, you've just forgotten to put the last 5 pages in - or not realised the logical fallacy.OK? Have I made myself heard? I DID NOT LIKE THIS ENDING BECAUSE IT IS NOT AN ENDING, YOU LEFT OFF FIVE PAGES.Right, now I can write the love letter to this book that I wanted to write until I got to the last page and there wasn't another one.I love the double thread structure - one a letter from Beatrice (Bee) to younger sister Tess, who is the titular missing sibling; the other Bee recounting everything to someone else in a professional capacity. I only realised halfway through that the fact that Bee was telling everything to someone meant that the truth was definitely down one path. The double structure is a great way to make the plot both devastatingly personal and clinically precise.I didn't see the ending coming at all, you pulled the old one-two on me there (I'm not ashamed, PI novel writers do it to me all the time), of course one of the most sympathetic characters turns out to be the baddie, and there's a chilling resolution rather than a neat one with handcuffs which starts out good until YOU FORGOT FIVE PAGES *calming down again*London London London. Hyde Park in the snow. Those dreadful subterranean flats with slippery stairs in winter and lovely elderly landlords. The tube and the smell of "burned rubber sweat"; the abundance of daffodils and the torture of hayfever sufferers; the understaffed hospitals and the underclass of single mothers, alone in this huge city in which no one should be alone and yet everyone is. You got London.Just like you got being a big sister. The fear of not being there. The need to be organised and ruthless and trade an exciting life for safety and comfort. Just like Rose in The Weird Sisters. The memories of time before there was a littler sibling, but not many of them.There are lots of men in this novel, and I like it all the more for it. Unlike The Women, (the dreadful 2008 film) in which no men appear at all, here they're everywhere. There's Bea's fiancé, quite drippy and annoying and prejudicial but we like him anyway. There DS Finborough, a much better policeman than DI Haines, who is the embodiment of the Peter principle. There are three doctors, kind and overworked, whose personal and professional integrities waxe and wane during this tale.I would have given you 10/10 and put you right up there with my top books for the year, except for that slip I mentioned earlier.Yours disappointedly and also euphorically,
birdsam0610 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sister is one of those books that deserves to be read in big, greedy gulps. It takes the reader on a roller coaster of emotions ¿ from worry to shock to horror and back again. Although I found this a harrowing and moving read, the emotion was beautifully raw and honest. This is a great book and an excellent debut from Rosamund Lupton. A little bit Gothic and a little bit thriller, this was a page turner for me.Sister is the story of Beatrice (Bee), who returns home to London from New York when her sister, Tess goes missing. Tess is about to give birth, so where could she be? Exactly what was going on in Tess¿ life before her disappearance? Who is the boy following her around college? What is the nature of the relationship with her teacher? When Tess is later found dead in a lonely ablutions block, Bee wants these questions and more answered. The police don¿t seem to be terribly interested and Bee herself is getting into more and more trouble. But Tess is her sister and she¿ll do anything to protect her¿The story is told in the first person from Bee¿s point of view as a letter to her sister, moving back in time to when Tess disappeared and then forward to Bee giving her statement. This is an interesting plot device, as you know that something will be resolved by the end of the block. The real twist however, is how the past joins up with the present ¿ certainly original and something I did not expect in the slightest. Very well done. The only confusion I had with the jumping back and forth in time was that it was occasionally difficult to put the scene into context ¿ possibly another font could have been used for the present, but I think this may have detracted away from the Gothic eeriness that envelopes Sister. Some of the medicine used is too futuristic for today, but thankfully this is explained in the author¿s notes at the end.The love between the two sisters is clearly evident in this book. Bee does everything out of love for Tess, even when she knows she is dead. The feelings are portrayed beautifully and I admire Bee¿s fierce determination to seek the truth about Tess¿ death through her grief, even if nobody believes her. You may think I¿m giving too much away about the plot, but I¿m not. This book is more about the search for justice for Tess¿ death and how it came about rather than if she is murdered or missing. The characterisation is also very well done ¿ Bee is certainly not without her faults (although her clear love for Tess redeems her somewhat) and the supporting characters are alternately charming or the right side of nasty.A great book and gripping read. Can¿t wait to read Afterwards (the author¿s new book).
karensaville on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of one sister trying to find another. She pieces together her last movements and ultimately finds out what happened to her. There is an interesting twist to the story that I didn't really like but it was a very good read that I looked forward to every night. I thought it was very well written and clever. Read in Nov2010
HeyYeah on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quick & enjoyable page-turning read. Quite moving in places.