Wednesday 25 May 2011
Sister by Rosamund Lupton
Pages - 358
Copy - My own.
Published by Piatkus in 2010
I'd do anything to be with you , right now, right this moment, so I could hold your hand, look at your face, listen to your voice. How can touching and seeing and hearing - all those sensory receptors and optic nerves and vibrating eardrums - be substituted by a letter? But we have managed to us words as go-betweens before, haven't we?
Beatrice gets the first flight back to England after a frantic call from her mother to inform her that her younger sister Tess has gone missing. From the moment she begins to learn about what happened to Tess, she realises that the story she is being told isn't the truth. Can she uncover the truth, before she puts her own life at risk.
Whoa, what a book! If this is Rosamund Lupton's debut novel, I can't wait for the next one.
I have been really careful not to reveal anything of the plot in this post, because I honestly don't want to spoil it for you. The book is best served cold, with no prior knowledge, so do not read reviews that may contain spoilers!
I have had this book on my shelf for ages and kept meaning to read it. I only decided to pick it up after realising the author was about to bring out her second novel and now I am so glad I did. This book was AMAZING! This book BLEW MY MIND! Psychological thrillers have never really been my genre, but I have definitely changed my mind since reading this book.
The plot is slowly unravelled, like a long game of Pass the Parcel, where a treat falls out with every layer of wrapping. Every few pages you get a hint of something sinister; each plot twist leaving you gasping for more. I could not this book down. I was desperate to find out what had happened by the end. And what an ending! Not in a million years would I have guessed that the story would come to a close in such a way. The story moves along at a steady pace, finding you desperate to ride the train all the way until the end of the line.
The characters felt very real and quite quickly you find yourself lost in their lives, desperate to find the answers to not only Tess's disappearance, but also to Beatrice's own issues. By writing in first person in a letter format to her sister, Beatrice pours her heart out onto the pages as she intertwines each thread of her sister's life to find out what happened to her. Her love for her sister will leave you emotionally spent. You realise the lengths that love will take you in order to find the truth.
Whilst reading this book, I felt like I had been absorbed into a second skin, as most of thoughts seemed to dwell on which direction Beatrice would take to find out the truth. Even now, a week after reading it, I am finding it hard to let the story go. I want more! I may have to petition Piatkus to beg Rosamund Lupton to write two books a year at least, to keep me satisfied.
This is a an evocative,poignant mind blowing pyschological thriller that deserves a whole weekend reading reservation just to lose yourself in it!