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5.0 out of 5 stars The Fault, Dear Reader, Is in Our Hype, Not In Our Author!, 21 Aug. 2011
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I found Rosamund Lupton's book compelling, from beginning to end, and I had the misfortune to read the "Americanised" [i.e.: Americanized] version first for Amazon.com Vine [Not only was vocabulary changed [e.g. 'torch' to 'flashlight', the meaning of the former being perfectly clear from the context, but also grammar and spelling.] When I read a British novel, I want to feel that I am actually in Britain, not California!

Confident that every word of the author's prose--in the original version--was crucial to appreciating the ending of the novel fully, I had the UK edition sent to me, and my suspicions were confirmed. Ms. Lupton has crafted her novel very carefully, introducing vocabulary and imagery so adroitly that their significance will be noticed only subliminally by the reader who is engrossed in the narrative. Only a second reading will reveal the richness of her lexical techniques, which verge on the poetic.

Some readers have lamented the fragmentary division of her story; while this device might derive from her experience as a screenwriter, fragmentation is essential to the novel's outcome; and if the ending has been left ambiguous in the minds of some readers, why must a book have an ending that dots all the i's and crosses all the t's? (Let's leave pat endings to Hollywood!)

The wide range and division of ratings on this website may stem from readers' expectations, and these have been displaced not by the author but by the publishers and the media. I do wish that publishers and newspapers would stop using the marketing ploy of comparing a contemporary author to a previous famous author. Such a stratagem serves only to disappoint readers who are passionate about the novels of, say, Daphne du Maurier (In no way does "Sister" resemble any of the novels of Daphne du Maurier--and I have read them all.).

Another problem lies in the categorisation of the novel as 'crime fiction' or 'thrillers.' Passionate readers of these genres (and I confess to being one) are bound to be disappointed if the scenario does not follow familiar patterns. I enjoyed "Sister" because it broke conventional patterns, but I realise that the breaking--or even flouting--of convention might not be everyone's cup of tea. In my opinion, Rosamund Lupton's "Sister" transcends the boundaries of categorisation. It deserves to be read and appreciated according to its own considerable merits.
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