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Sister: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton

Sister: A Novel (edition 2011)

by Rosamund Lupton

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Title:Sister: A Novel
Authors:Rosamund Lupton
Info:Broadway (2011), Paperback, 352 pages
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Sister by Rosamund Lupton

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I found this a frustrating read - I wanted to like it, but found the writing style slow going and hard to navigate. For starters it's framed in a roundabout way - narrator Bee is looking back at the events surrounding her sister's disappearance, and the story consists of her talking to her absent sister about talking to a prosecutor about talking to the police about her sister's disappearance (got that?). Dialogue is constantly interrupted by Bee analysing people's posture, their facial expression, the things they might have wanted to say but didn't, and by the time you've got through all that you have forgotten what the person said in the first place. As a reader I like some things to be left for me to assume. If someone yells "STOP!" at the top of their voice, I'm capable of working out that they're in a state of agitation, but our Bee will no doubt explain that, as well as postulating several theories about why this might be. It's not necessary, it clogs up the narrative, and instead of being carried effortlessly through a conversation it's like trying to pick your way across a Lego strewn carpet.

This aside, it was always a pleasure to pick up at the end of the day: it had a satisfying meatiness about it, and there was plenty going on. The detective element of it I found hard to swallow, relying as it did on multiple breaches of confidentiality which would never happen in real life (meaning that I was constantly reminded it was 'only' fiction), but it does pack a sizeable surprise at the end, which was really impressive, both in its capacity as a game-changer, and in the fact that I didn't for one moment see it coming. ( )
  jayne_charles | Mar 30, 2016 |
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. 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. ( )
  jepeters333 | Mar 22, 2016 |
Another sad book but one I did enjoy and recommend others to read. The twist at the end was unexpected. The writing was beautiful as was the way the author dealt with the relationships between sisters and mother and daughters. Relationships are complex and sometimes not exactly what we think they are. ( )
  scot2 | Feb 6, 2016 |
"Sister" is an intriguing book about a woman coming to terms with her sister's death. The police have called Tess' death suicide, but Beatrice know her sister too well and is convinced she has been murdered and will not rest until the truth has been revealed.

Told from Bee's point of view in the form of a letter to her beloved sister, the reader gradually learns more about the two women, their precarious childhood, their daily lives and the strong bond between them despite their vast differences.

Beautifully written, this book is heart-wrenching, gripping and intense. Not only is it a murder mystery but also a wonderful exploration of the special relationship between sisters. A great read! ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
Bought this book on impulse. I found it boring and difficult to follow. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
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[An] unusual and searing debut...
added by Shortride | editPublishers Weekly (Apr 4, 2011)
Lupton's crisp insights into grief and familial guilt are married to a confidently executed plot. Free from the genre's more mawkish excesses, Lupton's persuasive narrative voice is what keeps this classy debut on track.
Like Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell, Lupton builds suspense not only around the causes and details of her story’s brutal denouement, but also around the personalities and motivations of those who lunge and those who duck..... Both tear-jerking and spine-tingling, “Sister” provides an adrenaline rush that could cause a chill on the sunniest afternoon — which, perhaps, the friendly company of a sister or two (or, in a pinch, a brother) might help to dispel.

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Waar zullen we een betere dochter, een lievere zuster of een oprechtere vriendin zien?

Jane Austen, Emma

Doch sloop' de winter ook de bloemen, hij heeft

Slechts macht op 't hulsel, 't lieflijke wezen leeft.

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Voor mijn ouders, Kit en Jane Orde-Powlett, uit dankbaarheid dat ze me mijn hele leven hebben aangemoedigd

En voor Martin, mijn echtgenoot, met al mijn liefde
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Lieve Tess,

Ik zou er echt alles voor overhebben om nu, op dit moment, bij je te zijn zodat ik je hand kon vasthouden, naar je gezicht kon kijken en naar je stem kon luisteren.
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Nothing can break the bond between sisters...

When Beatrice gets a frantic call in the middle of Sunday lunch to say that her younger sister Tess is missing, she boards the first flight home to London. But as she learns about the circumstances surrounding Tess's disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life — and unprepared for the terrifying truths she must now face.

The police, Beatrice's fiancé and even their mother accept they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up on her. So she embarks on a dangerous journey to discover the truth, no matter the cost.

Their bond was unbreakable. The truth was unimaginable.

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Refusing to believe that her pregnant, mercurial, artist sister committed suicide, Beatrice begins an obsessive search for the truth and is dismissed by her family and authorities until she closes in on a murderous predator.

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