Author: Rosamund Lupton
Publication Year: 2011
Source: Amazon Vine
Date Completed: 7/14/2011
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.