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Book Review: Sister by Rosamund Lupton

Sister by Rosamund Lupton

This is an astonishing book and one of the best debut novels I’ve read in years. Sister is beautifully written, a moving tale that draws you in from the opening page. It is the tale of two very different sisters – Beatrice and Tess – and it is written from Beatrice’s point of view, who returns home to London when she hears that her little sister, Tess, has disappeared. It is not long before everyone’s worst fears are realised and Tess is discovered dead in the snow. But Beatrice refuses to listen to the police and everyone else she knows when they tell her that Tess committed suicide. She is convinced that her sister was murdered and she is determined to uncover the truth.

Sister is a remarkably assured novel that gently unfolds layers of the past and present, always sifting for nuggets of truth in the midst of confusion and grief. But this is not a traumatic book to read; rather it seems more a celebration of how special it is to be a sister, even when tragedy strikes. Rosamund Lupton’s characters are incredibly compelling and believable. This is a fantastic read and the ending is surprising but oh so satisfying!

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