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  • Hardcover: 319 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group (NY) (7 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307716511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307716514
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 3.1 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (779 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 549,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rosamund Lupton was a screenwriter for many years before writing her first novel - 'Sister' . It was the winner of Richard & Judy's bookclub 2010 and broadcast on Radio 4's Book at Bedtime. It was one of Amazon's fiction top ten picks for 2010 and the fastest selling debut in the history of WH Smith. It was published in the USA on 7th June and was picked by the New York Times review of books as well as receiving critical acclaim in a wide variety of other national media. Her second novel 'Afterwards' was published on 9th June in the UK and in its first week of sales went into the Sunday Times best seller list and has had widespread critical acclaim.
She lives in London with her husband and two children.

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A compulsive thriller with genuine originality. --Louise Candlish

As compelling as it is stylish. --Jeffrey Deaver

Original, spooky and clever. --Closer --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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What would you do if your sister disappeared without a trace? This is an emotionally fraught and at some times terrifying story about two sisters and the strength that binds them. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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By Ann Fairweather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Nov. 2010
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I would lie if I said I did not enjoy reading 'Sister' a lot. I did. For a first novel it is massively impressive. But yes there is a but. While the (past)relationship between the two sisters rings very true and is very beautiful too, the alternate narrative between present and past feels sometimes awkward and not quite 'flowing'. Without revealing too much of the suspense I wish to say that quite soon you guess that there is something too odd in the unfolfing story to be really what it seems. But yes maybe that is what the author wants you to feel. So the 'twist' does not come as such a big surprise, but then the 'resolution' of the whole conundrum is really a bit far-fetched and incredible. Personnally I did not believe a split second in the plot explanation but that's fiction after all and can a fictitious story be blamed for not ringing true enough ? dont know. The misdirections were not very well done either but there is no point in finding faults afer all, in what is a thoroughly enjoyable novel-thriller. Good escapist read and no doubt the second one by R. Lupton will be even better.
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By C. Bannister TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Sept. 2010
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This book is one of the best detective stories I have ever read. It is a story about an older sister trying to find out what happened to her younger sister whilst reflecting on how much we ever really know someone.

The pace is fast, it is a cliche but this book deserves the accolade a real page-turner. On her quest to find the truth Beatrice finds herself retracing Tess's steps meeting and suspecting everyone Tess has been in contact with.

The best thing about this book was that it kept you turning right to the very last page.

I would recommend this book to everyone, simply fantastic and I hope Rosumund Lupton has more to show us.
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By Smallvillenews VINE VOICE on 16 April 2013
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This engrossing novel is told from the point of view of Beatrice, a young English woman who is a successful commercial art designer in New York, recently engaged to Tod. At the start of the novel, Beatrice is in her sister's London flat, looking out of the window at hordes of media clamouring for a quote or interview. Tess, Beatrice's younger sister, has disappeared. We deduce that the circumstances are dramatic and awful; soon, via Beatrice's thoughts, we come to understand what has happened.

Beatrice decides to find out for herself what happened to her sister Tess and we learn about her life through Beatrice, who refuses to accept the official explanation for her sisters disappearance which is accepted by everyone else.

This novel is a very powerful, and convincing, account of the relationship between sisters as well as the experience of grief and its after-effects. It is mostly told in the form of an internal letter from one sister to the other and there is also a very moving subplot about the redemption of the relationship between a mother and her daughter. The way in which one daughter gradually realises the truth about her childhood perceptions is quite marvellous.

The crime plot is not quite as good as the rest of the book and the identity of the perpetrator is too obvious, with the "twist" at the end not really being a proper twist; and unfortunately the area of clinical research is completely misunderstood (although the author does a good job on describing the science of a single-gene defect). The details of hospital practice and treatment of visitors are also somewhat inconsistent with what I know of reality.

The power of this novel mostly lies in its depiction of the relationship of a mother and two daughters, and the inner lives of the girls.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it as a compellingly good read.
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Taught plotting, moving story and wonderful characterisation. SISTER is a nuanced and gripping read. As Beatrice takes the first flight home from New York upon learning of her sister's disappearance we follow her down the rabbit hole of her sister's life. As Beatrice starts to pull together the strands of Tess's life she becomes mired in the same danger and could well face the same consequences. What is most powerful about this story is the writer's understanding of what we will do for love and what extremes we will go to to protect and avenge those closest to us. For anyone with a sister, brother, parent or child.
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