11 October 2010

Book Review: Sister by Rosamund Lupton

Title: Sister
Author: Rosamund Lupton
Publisher: Piatkus Books
ISBN 978-0-7499-4201-4
358 pages (plus A Sister Reading Guide and Author Q&A)
Price: £6.99

Sister is an enthralling story about the strong bond between two sisters.

Beatrice is summoned to London because her younger sister, Tess, has disappeared. Beatrice knows how her sister would have behaved and refuses to believe otherwise even when confronted by views from so-called experts. Her absolute devotion and belief in her sister is what drives the story forward and it quickly turns into an intense thriller.

Beatrice uses her knowledge about Tess to make sense of each clue she discovers and becomes obsessed as she soon realizes that she may be the only person able to find the truth about what happened to her sister.

The story is full of clever twists and turns and I found it impossible to guess what would happen next. It also becomes apparent that there is an additional mystery concerning Beatrice but this mystery doesn't make sense until the very end.

It's obvious the author did extensive research about cystic fibrosis because this medical condition is an important element in the story. I thought the story was believable and the author has created an unsettling, thought-provoking read. This is the author's first novel, and it's a very impressive debut.

Sister is the first book on the current Richard and Judy Book Club list. I'd say it was an excellent choice! I highly recommend you read it.

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