Sister: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton
Amazon Review: “Lupton enters the highly charged ring where the best psychological detective writers spar. Both tear-jerking and spine-tingling, SISTER provides an adrenaline rush that could cause a chill on the sunniest afternoon.” –The New York Times Book Review
Amazon Best Books of the Month, June 2011: When the body of Beatrice’s beloved younger sister, Tess, is discovered in an abandoned building in Hyde Park and ruled a suicide, Beatrice knows the police have made a mistake. She’s certain her sister was murdered. Determined to uncover the truth, Beatrice impulsively begins to hunt for clues on her own. So begins Rosamund Lupton’s stunning debut, Sister, at once an engrossing thriller and a powerful meditation on the bonds of family. Writing her story as a letter to Tess, Beatrice gradually connects the strange, varied occurrences leading up to Tess’s death–Tess’s pregnancy; a trial drug from a pharmaceutical company; a man who may or may not have been a figment of Tess’s imagination. Beatrice’s former life falls apart as her search veers toward obsession, and she realizes she might pay a terrible price for the truth. An adrenaline-filled psychological thriller, Sister’s emotional impact comes from Lupton’s heartrending portrait of the love between Beatrice and Tess. –Lynette Mong
My Review: Wow. I randomly found this book as I was in a state of indecisiveness on what to read next and boy am I glad I found it. I may have a special love for this since I have a pretty amazing sister, but all the same, I don’t think you need one to enjoy it. The main character, Bee, embodies all of the characteristics of someone you hope you have in your life. She rests at nothing to find out the truth about her sister, because the known answers are far too insulting to be accurate about the person she knows/knew. She stops at nothing and on the way learns a little bit about herself, too. I couldn’t stop reading and the turn at the end is so unexpected I tried to immediately download this authors next book, which I learned doesn’t come out until April 2012. Read this, but may not while you’re sitting in a city park of any kind ;).
Next up… Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah