Book Review: Sister – Rosamund Lupton

Title: Sister
Author: Rosamund Lupton
ISBN: 9780307716514
Pages: 336
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Publisher: Crown
Genre: Mystery
Source: Amazon Vine
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

After her sister disappears in London, Beatrice travels from New York City to try and find out what happened to her. After being brushed off by the local police, Beatrice begins to conduct her own investigation into what happened to Tess.

Review:

Sister by Rosamund Lupton is a complicated and intriguing psychological thriller, told as a letter from Beatrice to her dead sister Tess.  At the beginning of the book, the reader knows that Tess is dead, and that Beatrice was the one to discover her killer.  It is also evident that the police bungled up the case, and as a result, they can’t be trusted.  This method of storytelling works surprisingly well; even though the reader has certain information at the beginning of the novel, that doesn’t mean events will play out as you expect.  Indeed, knowing these simple facts actually heightens the suspense because the reader is at a loss to decipher how events will unfold to lead to Beatrice’s present situation.

Structuring the novel as Beatrice talking to Tess also serves to increase the emotional impact of the book for the reader. Beatrice is candid about how lost she is without Tess; how guilty she feels that she wasn’t there for Tess – the list goes on and on.  It really serves to underscore the close bonds of sisters and shows how much Beatrice adored her sister.  I really appreciated this because it made me invested in the book.  No matter how ridiculous the lead was that Beatrice was following, I supported her because I understood how much she needed to find the truth about Tess’s murder.

Lupton also takes on some serious issues in Sister, but disguises her social commentary through the suspenseful narrative of the story.  Physical abuse, men taking advantage of vulnerability (whether it’s emotional or financial), single mothers – Lupton has a lot to say about how women are treated in society.  Her points are well presented and don’t overwhelm the story; in fact, they add to it, seamlessly weaved into the plot.  It’s not until after the novel is over and the reader is reflecting that they realize how clever Lupton was.

Sister takes the reader on twists and turns; this is a novel readers will tear through in breathless anticipation, so it’s a good idea to plan on reading it in one sitting.  Beatrice is a wonderful, if slightly mysterious, character and a loving sister, and it shows on every page of the novel.  It’s difficult to believe that this is Lupton’s first novel, as it is expertly crafted and tightly woven; I’ll definitely be picking up her second novel as soon as it’s released.

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Comments

  1. I downloaded a sample of Sister on my Kindle over the weekend. I immediately was drawn into the story. It’s on my wishlist. Good review!

  2. I downloaded a sample of Sister on my Kindle over the weekend. I immediately was drawn into the story. It’s on my wishlist. Good review!

  3. Great review!! I’m looking forward to reading this one!

  4. Great review!! I’m looking forward to reading this one!

  5. I like the sound of this one, and like a book that can be read in one sitting. The concept of writing the book as a letter also intrigues. I passed on this one earlier, and now I am sort of sorry that I did that!

  6. I like the sound of this one, and like a book that can be read in one sitting. The concept of writing the book as a letter also intrigues. I passed on this one earlier, and now I am sort of sorry that I did that!

  7. This was my Friday Find, what a great review, you have definitely made me realise this is a must read for me.

    It sounds like the execution was well done.

  8. This was my Friday Find, what a great review, you have definitely made me realise this is a must read for me.

    It sounds like the execution was well done.

  9. I keep seeing this book pop up and ignored it because I don’t typically like thrillers. But, your review has me wanting to read it. I’m gonna have to add it to my list!

  10. I keep seeing this book pop up and ignored it because I don’t typically like thrillers. But, your review has me wanting to read it. I’m gonna have to add it to my list!

  11. I just bought this book at Fountain Bookstore over the weekend. I’ll plan on reading it over the long weekend so I don’t have to worry about work. I’m so glad you loved it!

  12. I just bought this book at Fountain Bookstore over the weekend. I’ll plan on reading it over the long weekend so I don’t have to worry about work. I’m so glad you loved it!

  13. At first I didn’t think this book would be for me since I don’t have a sister so maybe I wouldnt be able to relate but now that I know it’s got this mystery angle I think I’d really like it!

  14. At first I didn’t think this book would be for me since I don’t have a sister so maybe I wouldnt be able to relate but now that I know it’s got this mystery angle I think I’d really like it!

  15. I gave the book same rating as you do. Glad you like it.

    http://bibliojunkie.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/sister-by-rosamund-lupton/

  16. I gave the book same rating as you do. Glad you like it.

    http://bibliojunkie.wordpress.com/2011/07/03/sister-by-rosamund-lupton/

  17. I’ve been undecided on this one for a while, but it sounds so good after reading your review! I will have to read it!

  18. I’ve been undecided on this one for a while, but it sounds so good after reading your review! I will have to read it!

  19. I finished this one on Saturday night and the characters are still with me. It was a riveting novel and emotional. I thought it was a fantastic book.

    I just read that her 2nd book is out in the UK.

  20. I finished this one on Saturday night and the characters are still with me. It was a riveting novel and emotional. I thought it was a fantastic book.

    I just read that her 2nd book is out in the UK.

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