Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Book Review: Sister: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton

Publisher's Summary:
Debut author Rosamund Lupton crafts a striking literary thriller with Sister, which received numerous starred reviews. When Beatrice learns her sister Tess is missing, she goes to London to join the search. And when everyone else gives up, only Beatrice soldiers on—determined to cut through the dark secrets and learn the truth behind her sister’s disappearance.

Rosamund Lupton's Sister: A Novel, came to me via a GoodReads suggested reading. I found the publisher's summary on Audible.com to lack any kind of compelling reason to read the book. Eh, Vanilla, Uninteresting were all thoughts that came to mind reading the audible summary.

Now for the Goodreads.com Publisher's Summary:
   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 difficulty 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.
Now THERE is a novel worth spending several hours of time and an audible credit on!

For the first hour or so I wasn't sure I liked the format of the novel, Beatrice (Bee) is recounting Tess' story in a series of letters to Tess (now deceased). What started out feeling awkward and forced, became a poignant  story of love and loss - the bond between sisters that lasts beyond the mortal realm.

I found Rosamund Lupton's book hard to put down (or hard to put the earbuds down rather) - long after I knew that Tess would not be found alive, that her baby had died and that Bee's life was never going to be the same again. There's hints at Bee's own flaws and humanity and how solving Tess' mystery might put her own destiny back on track.

It was hard to believe that this was Ms Lupton's premier novel - it certainly seems like there are a lot of truly outstanding 'first novels' out there right now and Sister is certainly one of them.

Sister: A Novel was written by Rosamund Lupton and published by Recorded Books. Sister was released in Audiobook on September 6th, 2011 (in hardcover on June 7th, 2011) and has a runtime of 12 hours 42 minutes.

1 comment:

Snugnread said...

It wasn't a bad book, but unlike you I could easily put it down, and get busy with something else. It took me a week to finish this book, and I'm consequently not all that impressed as what you may be. I do however recognize that I'm not in the same space as you so...I'll wait to hear what Elaine Charles, and the Book Report radio show has to sayabout it before putting it to bed :)