- 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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She lives in London with her husband and two children.
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.
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.See all Product Description
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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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really good story - I couldn't put this down and have recommended the book to several people. I think it would make a good film.Published 1 month ago by Soo
This is a very clever, well written book which I enjoyed immensley.
The story is quite simple - Beatrice gets a phone call in New York to say that her sister, whom she... Read more
Excellent, I love this book.....I have read a number of psychological thrillers over the past few months but this one is different. Read morePublished 1 month ago by nassia pavlou
I enjoyed some of this book mainly because it was written in a completely different style, but I was slightly disappointed with the ending.Published 1 month ago by Barbara McMeekin