Friday, July 15, 2011

Sister; Rosamund Lupton

Title: Sister
Author: Rosamund Lupton
Publication Year: 2011 
Publisher: Crown
Edition: ARC
Source: Amazon Vine
Date Completed: 7/14/2011 
Setting: London
Rating: 4.5/5
Recommend: yes

Arabella Beatrice Hemming (Bee) is a young English woman and art designer living in New York with her fiancee. One day she receives a frantic call from her mother in London who says that her younger sister Tess has gone missing.  Bee takes the next available flight into London, even though she is not terribly concerned as her sister has always been a bit flighty. 

Soon after Bee's arrival, her sister is found dead in a abandoned public restroom; she has cuts on her arms.  We also learn that she has recently given birth to s stillborn baby.  The police are quick to rule Tess' death a suicide probably as a result of postpartum depression, but her sister Bee is certain that Tess did not commit suicide, but was murdered instead.

Bee is determined to dig deeper into the life of her sister, and she discovers several things: Tess was receiving nuisance calls, she was seeing a married man who wanted nothing to do with the baby, and she was undergoing gene therapy because their brother died of Cystic Fibrosis.  If it was a murder, there could be several possible suspects.

I loved the way this story unraveled. Bee was telling her sister what was happening. The characters were interesting, and the plot twists kept me guessing, something I enjoy in a good psychological thriller. It was also a story which showed the sometimes powerful bond between sisters, and between a mother and her daughters as well.  This was a very very good debut novel.  Lots going on that held my interest. Recommended.

25 comments:

  1. I just listened to the audio preview of this one and it sounds fantastic. I have a long car trip for work coming up next week potentially, so looks like I'm going to have to download this one!

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  2. That does sound good! It sounds like something that could really happen.

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  3. I've been tempted by this book. It sounds like a good read.

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  4. I just - literally- put this in my pile to return to the library without reading it. I am just running out of time. However, now that I have read your review, I am going to need to take it out of my return stack and read it quickly.

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  5. I really enjoyed this book as well, especially the depiction of the relationship between sisters. Great review!

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  6. I'm so glad that you loved this book. I wasn't interested initially but most of the reviews have been so good!

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  7. I am so pleased you loved it. This is one of my favourite books! I think Rosamund is just so original in her writing. The ending blew me away.

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  8. I must must read this one!!!

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  9. I can't wait to read this! I have it on reserve at the library, so it may be a while!

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  10. I'm glad you liked this one, Diane. I found the relationship between Bee and Tess to be so compelling and overwhelming part of why the book worked so well for me.

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  11. This sounds like just the type of psychological thriller that I would like, and I have to admit that your synopsis and review make me want to check it out. I am glad that you liked it so much and I am adding it to my wish list. Thanks!

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  12. This was the other choice for bookclub instead of East of Eden - Steinbeck's novel won by one vote, so I'm curious to see what we're missing out on.

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  13. I had no idea what this book was about but it's now getting listed on my tbr list! It has several wonederful elements that often draw me to a book such as the psychological thriller aspect to it and the character relationships.
    Thank you for an enjoyable review!

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  14. This sounds good. I didn't realize it was a thriller.

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  15. I love psychological thrillers, so this one is on my TBR list. I'm happy to see it was a winner for you.

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  16. This has been on my TBR for quite a while. I do hope I find it soon as all the reviews are so good.

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  17. I loved this book, it was excellent!

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  18. Oooh, that sounds like a book with the potential to be great or terrible, and I'm glad it delivered on the positive side! I'll keep my eyes out for this one.

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  19. This is high on my wishlist. I'm glad that you liked this book. It sounds like it may be a good one to listen to on audio book.

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  20. I'm really looking forward to reading this one at some point. The premise of the story sounds interesting and I've seen some good reviews for it. Sounds great!

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  21. I just put this one straight on my to-buy list! Thanks so much for the wonderful review; I can't imagine how I would feel if something like that happened to my own sister.

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  22. I reviewed this recently and glad you like it. I love it just as much. Very unusual and touching thriller about siserly love.

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  23. Wow this sounds scary! I want to know what happens though lol!

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  24. I'm looking forward to reading this one too! I'm waiting for my copy to come in from the library:-)

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