Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Book Review: "Sister" by Rosamund Lupton

If you like murder mysteries, get a copy of Sister by Rosamund Lupton. If you like character-driven stories, get a copy of Sister by Rosamund Lupton. If you like well-plotted novels, get a copy of Sister by Rosamund Lupton. If you like books that explore the relationship between siblings, get a copy of Sister by Rosamund Lupton. Yes, the book is really that good and yes, it really will appeal to all kinds of readers.

Beatrice is living in New York with her fiance when she gets word that her sister Tess has gone missing. She rushes to her native England to find out what happened and moves into Tess's flat to begin investigating her last moves. Soon her body is found, and it looks like suicide. However, Beatrice is certain that Tess never would have killed herself, even though a psychiatrist says she was suffering from postpartum psychosis after the death of her newborn son. So was Tess murdered, and if so, by whom?

This is one of those novels that is so intricate that I would love to see the author's notes. How did Lupton keep all the details straight and tease the reader with information at just the right time? Not only is there the murder mystery, which is structured as a letter Beatrice is writing to Tess to explain why she did what she did, but there is also Beatrice's witness statement to a prosecuting attorney, so the reader knows pretty quickly that there was a killer. These two elements come together at the end in a great twist I definitely did not see coming.

In Beatrice's letter, which is the murder mystery part, she also talks about missing her sister terribly and explains the nature of their relationship and their family dynamic. There is a ton of character depth, making this book so much more than just a mystery or suspense novel. We are inside Beatrice's head as she investigates Tess's death and also deals with the emotional side of losing her best friend.

So whether you like a good mystery or whether you prefer less action and more heart, definitely pick up Sister. You will not be disappointed. I can't wait to see what Rosamund Lupton will do next.


  1. I thoroughly enjoyed this beautifully written book. The characters are wonderful, the essence of the story was captivating. Would love to read other books written by Rosamund Lupton. I have recommended this book to many friends already.

  2. Lupton has another one coming out in April called "Afterwards." From the Amazon description, it details events after a school fire that was deliberately set. It sounds fascinating.