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Sister - Rosamund Lupton

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What would you do if your sister disappeared without a trace? This is an emotionally fraught and at some times terrifying story about two sisters and the strength that binds them.

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.

About the Author

Rosamund Lupton lives with her husband and two sons in London. Sister is her debut novel.

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      I enjoyed reading "Sister" very much and highly recommend it. The two central characters, Beatrice (the narrator), and Tess (her missing sister)are enjoyable and intriguing. The plot is gripping and the ending an emotional experience to be treasured, with a unexpected twist. Loved by everyone in our Book Club.

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      Truly marvellous! As compelling as it is stylish, SISTER exists in that rare place where crime fiction and literature coincide. -- Jeffrey Deaver Nicci French via Ford Madox Ford, anyone? Lupton's debut is an exceptionally confident domestic gothic thriller...it also packs a devastating punch. Guardian With SISTER, Lupton enters the highly charged ring where the best psychological detective writers spar, her hands raised in a victory clench. Like Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell, Lupton builds suspense not only around the causes and details of her story's brutal denouement, but also around the personalities ... Both tear-jerking and spine-tingling, SISTER provides an adrenaline rush that could cause a chill on the sunniest afternoon. New York Times Original, spooky and clever, this thriller is utterly compelling. Closer Stunningly accomplished from first page to last, this is the most exciting debut thriller I've read all year. The suspense crackles, and the twists come thick and fast, but more than that it has a touching poignancy that brings tears to your eyes ...Written with the power and panache of a young Daphne du Maurier, it s devastatingly good, and announces the arrival if a truly original talent. Daily Mail This sophisticated psychological thriller is brilliantly written and utterly gripping. YOU Magazine Lupton's crisp insights into grief and familial guilt are married to a confidently executed plot. Free from the genre s more mawkish excesses, Lupton's persuasive narrative voice is what keeps this classy debut on track. Independent Beautifully written - you believe every word. -- Judy Finnegan Woman's Own Tense, gripping and a total page-turner. -- Richard Madeley Woman's Own A chilling, gripping, tragic, heart-warming, life-affirming enigma of a story. Booklist This superb debut novel has so many twists and turns as to cause dizziness - it's the literary equivalent of 'scream if you want to go faster' - and just when you think things are slowing down to a peaceful, settled resolution, there's one more stomach-churning final turn in store. Radio Times A heart-tugging, tense mystery ... It is very good. Bookseller Lupton's classy debut is a welcome and exciting addition to the genre. The Lady Fast-paced and absurdly entertaining ... Along with a juicy mystery, it resounds with an authentic sense of sisterly love and loyalty. Boston Globe A psychological murder mystery written with literary flair ... Be prepared for page-turning. Red Magazine

      ISBN: 9780749942014
      ISBN-10: 0749942010
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 384
      Published: 10th May 2011
      Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
      Country of Publication: GB
      Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 2.4
      Weight (kg): 0.28
      Edition Number: 1