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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.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2010]
Edition: First American edition.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780307716514
Branch Call Number: LUP
General fiction L Trade PBK
Characteristics: 319 pages ;,25 cm


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Dec 15, 2019

Not a great read. I thought the narrative was messy & all over the place. The blurb on the cover was misleading. It's about 2 is murdered & the living one sets out to find out who killed her because the police are calling it a suicide. I think the crime that was being committed which led to Tess being murdered was a bit unbelievable.

Jan 02, 2015

Tightly written thriller that also happens to explore the bonds of family, even after death. I found this book to be difficult to put down and the author managed to throw in a twist at the end that I did not anticipate. I love it when that happens.

I also truly enjoyed the author's exploration of grief and the process of accepting a loss in your life. I cannot wait to check out more work by this author.

ChristchurchLib Jul 20, 2014

"Beatrice is devastated when she learns that her sister, Tess, has been found dead -- and that Tess's death, unbelievably, has been ruled a suicide. Though she has a full, successful life in the U.S., Bee begins to take over Tess's life in London, starting with Tess's job and apartment, as she looks for a killer she knows must exist. As Bee's search goes on (she relates it, poignantly, in the form of a letter to Tess), the twists in the tale multiply -- Tess had been pregnant, though spurned by her married lover; she'd been in a clinical trial to cure her unborn baby of cystic fibrosis; and she may have had at least one stalker. Both a compelling tale of sisterly bonds and an eerie, suspenseful story that unfolds over the course of the book, Sister was a bestseller in the U.K." Fiction A to Z July 2014 newsletter

mayfairlady Mar 11, 2014

I found the storytelling a bit tedious - much preferred her other title 'Afterwards'.

Aug 01, 2013

The composition of the book didn't convince me in the beginning. But at the end - the reader can understand why it was chosen like that, and why there is first-person narrative, which was annoying for me at the beginning. From the middle of the book I felt really engaged with reading. No debt that the writer is a very smart and knowledgeable person. This book is not just about love between two sisters, but also about love among all human beings.

Jul 11, 2013

So after reading both of her books I have come to really appreciate this author, I finished both her books in one day. The two things that strike me the most are the viewpoints her stories are told from, I am unable to tell you without spoiling this book, and how completely unnerving and unsettling her endings are. She most definitely does not tie everything up with a pretty red bow.

Jun 28, 2013

This psychological thriller was an intense compelling story. I would recommend it to anyone who likes suspense or mystery.

mrsgail5756 Jun 26, 2013

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites. I found it rather confusing to follow as it is told through bits and pieces of letters written between the two main characters.

Mar 21, 2013

an absolutely fabulous book!

Mar 21, 2013

Beatrice and her sister Tess share a strong bond. They talk and text every day, even though Beatrice lives in New York now and Tess is still home in London. Her horror and disbelief when told of Tess' suicide, spurs Beatrice to relentlessly search for who killed her and why. Storytelling is wonderful. I couldn't put this book down, even though at times tears were streaming. The ending was a bit of a surprise but did not ruin the book for me.

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