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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (Dec 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030771652X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307716521
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 240 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #87,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

"You'll relish every twist and turn." People

"Eerie psychological mystery...With its loving portrayal of what it means to be a sister balanced by some impressively Hitchcockian twists, SISTER should appeal to fans of the character-driven mysteries of Kate Atkinson and Tana French." CSMonitor.com

"Elegantly suspenseful...a pulse-quickening cocktail of science fiction and whodunit, with a splash of literary poetics and poignancy."--NPR.org

“Gripping.” —O, The Oprah Magazine

"A psychological murder mystery written with a literary flair…Be prepared for page-turning.” Vanity Fair.com

“[A] fast-paced, absurdly entertaining novel....Along with a juicy mystery, it resounds with an authentic sense of sisterly love and loyalty.” —The Boston Globe 

"SISTER is an emotionally resonant and tightly drawn novel." —The Post and Courier

"Taut and tingling." Good Housekeeping

"A remarkable piece of work. Lupton shrewdly and compassionately peels back the story's rich layers." The Seattle Times

“For those of us with sisters, a reminder of how lucky we are.” —Pittsburgh Post Gazette

"A riveting and moving tale." —Houston Chronicle

“A winner, as worth reading for its psychological intensity as it is for its mystery plot, not to mention the genuinely surprising twist near the end.” —BookReporter

"A poignant and perceptive depiction of the emotional bonds between two sisters…The result is a superb thriller, full of twists and turns, false leads and a surprise ending—all seamlessly woven into a touching story of a sisterly bond." BookPage

"Gripping and haunting, this whodunit explores the powerful bond between sisters." —All You Magazine

"Lupton’s remarkable debut novel is a masterful, superlative-inspiring success that will hook readers (and keep them guessing) from page one…A chilling, gripping, tragic, heart-warming, life-affirming enigma of a story." —Booklist, starred review

"Beautifully written with an unexpected twist at the end...Thriller fans will eagerly await Lupton’s next book" —Library Journal, starred review

“Hitchcockian spookiness in this tale of two sisters. A skillfully wrought psychological thriller.” —Kirkus Reviews

"Truly marvelous! As compelling as it is stylish, SISTER exists in that rare place where crime fiction and literature coincide." —Jeffery Deaver 
"A compulsive thriller with genuine originality. Very clever, very surprising, very touching. I devoured it." —Louise Candlish

"Poignant and thrilling, this clever debut explores the fascinating bond between sisters, and haunts you with the power of their love." Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing

"Intense and absorbing from the very first page, SISTER is as much a tender exploration of the complicated, twisty, messy love between sisters, as it is an utterly gripping and compelling thriller...A haunting and accomplished debut." Lisa Unger, New York Times bestselling author of Fragile

"Both beautiful and suspenseful, SISTER is an absolutely stunning debut.  The ending will leave you reeling." Alafair Burke, author of Long Gone

About the Author

ROSAMUND LUPTON lives with her husband and two sons in London. Sister is her debut novel.

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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Aug. 8 2011
Format: Hardcover
I took one book on vacation with me and Sister by Rosamund Lupton was it. Thank goodness I waited until I was on the train home to start it - I would not have been able to put it down. What an absolutely addicting read.

Sister is told as a past tense narrative in letter form by Bee to her younger sister Tess. We learn early on that
Tess is dead. Was it suicide? Everyone but Bee believes so. The account follows Bee's attempts to make sense of what had happened to Tess. She was so full of life - she couldn't have possibly chose to end it.

"You painted abstract canvases, expressing large truths in bold splashes of vivid color while I was perfectly suited to my job in corporate design, matching every color in the world to a Pantone number. Lacking your ability with broad brushstrokes I will tell you this story in accurate dots of detail. I'm hoping that as in a pointillistic painting, the dots will form a picture and when it is completed, we will understand what happened and why."

Lupton deliciously and slowly inserts details into every chapter, gradually filling us in on what has already happened. We learn that Bee is being interviewed by a lawyer and her statement recorded. What did Bee discover? What happened to Tess? What is happening to Bee? As the interviews continue over the course of several days, her health seems to be failing.

Sister is a fantastic mystery, but also a beautiful retrospective of the love between the two sisters. Lupton's prose are thoughtful, evoking emotion easily.

There were numerous suspects possible, but I am thrilled to say that I never saw the ending coming. Planning to read this one? DO NOT read the end first. Best. Twist. Ending. Ever.

This was a debut for Lupton - I will be hunting down her second book for sure.
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By ELI (Italy) TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 26 2011
Format: Paperback
This book belongs to one of my favourite genres (psychological thriller with a twist) and so, because I read so many, I am particularly fussy. Well, I could not have been more pleased with it. It has absolutely captured me from the very first line to the very last one. An engaging read written in letter form, from a sister to another.

Beatrice lives in New York with her fiancé. Her mother rings her up one day delivering shattering news: her younger sister Tess has vanished. The ties between sisters are very strong despite the geographical distance and of course Beatrice hops on the first plane out to London. The circumstances of Tess' disappearance are multi-layered with obscure details and Beatrice is determined to find Tess no matter what. Little does she know, boarding that plane, of the journey she will have to face, uncovering some horrible, painful and frightening facts that will forever change everybody's life.

This book deserves a high praise because it is not only engaging, it has a certain psychological depth that is seldom felt on fast-paced reads, no matter how entertaining. The vocabulary is stylish and cultured and it perfectly conveys emotions and feelings, entwined with the chilly, suspenseful atmosphere that permeates the story. It also defines the deep, deep love between the two sisters. Piercingly touching.

Thumbs up for debut writer Rosamund Lupton!
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Definitely kept me thinking. Well written and full of suspense. I suspected a few different people but never the actual murderer. Great read.
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