Sister by Rosamund Lupton Review

sisterGenre: Adult Fiction, Mystery

Plot According to Goodreads: When her mom calls to tell her that Tess, her younger sister, is missing, Bee returns home to London on the first flight. She expects to find Tess and give her the usual lecture, the bossy big sister scolding her flighty baby sister for taking off without letting anyone know her plans. Tess has always been a free spirit, an artist who takes risks, while conservative Bee couldn’t be more different. Bee is used to watching out for her wayward sibling and is fiercely protective of Tess (and has always been a little stern about her antics). But then Tess is found dead, apparently by her own hand.
Bee is certain that Tess didn’t commit suicide. Their family and the police accept the sad reality, but Bee feels sure that Tess has been murdered.  Single-minded in her search for a killer, Bee moves into Tess’s apartment and throws herself headlong into her sister’s life–and all its secrets.
Though her family and the police see a grieving sister in denial, unwilling to accept the facts, Bee uncovers the affair Tess was having with a married man and the pregnancy that resulted, and her difficultly with a stalker who may have crossed the line when Tess refused his advances. Tess was also participating in an experimental medical trial that might have gone very wrong.  As a determined Bee gives her statement to the lead investigator, her story reveals a predator who got away with murder–and an obsession that may cost Bee her own life.

My Thoughts: This story was a police procedural with a twist…instead of the police and detectives investigating the disappearance of Tess, the investigator is Tess’s sister, Beatrice. This approach was a nice change from the standard approach to crime fiction stories.

The Good:

  • The relationship between the 2 sisters in the book was very special. Bee would stop at nothing to find out the truth of what really happened to her sister.
  • The author does a great job slowly peeling back the layers of the story in a way that keeps the reader interested in the mystery.
  • This is one of those books that has a large twist that I was unable to see coming…it’s the kind of twist that causes the reader to rethink the entire story.

What I didn’t Like:

  • The author uses a unique narration in the story…it’s told by Bee, speaking to Tess about what has happened (almost as told in a letter or journal form) and also told by Bee, speaking to the District Attorney after events have occurred. This was very unique and interesting but also became confusing at times, trying to orient yourself to whether the narration was occurring in the present or the past.
  • There were some dry moments that dragged and were a bit boring.
  • The story was enjoyable but not very memorable.

My Rating: 3/5 stars.

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