I’d heard a lot about this book from various sources, usually with complete enthusiasm but never much about the plot. Having just finished it, I totally get why. You can’t say much about it beyond the main character’s sister has gone missing and it’s about her journey to find her. Any more than that and it would completely ruin it for someone who wants to read it (and you really do!).
Sister is an amazing book that gripped me and I just couldn’t put it down. I started it Sunday morning and finished it in the afternoon and I was left with that lovely ‘Wow’ feeling and then had to think about it for a while. I didn’t see the ending coming at all and once I had finished I could see the tiny and very subtle hints leaning towards it but for the life of me, I totally missed putting them together. Rosamund Lupton is a master at getting you to look the wrong way. For that very reason I think the ending has that much more of an impact, when the dawning realisation mixed with horror hits you.
As a debut novel, it’s nothing short of amazing; the plot was intricate but easy to understand and the writing so clean and smooth, I didn’t realise how much of it I had read until my husband commented.
It’s hard to put a label on Sister. It’s part crime, part thriller but with a little edge of future-science to wrap it up into a book that I now want everyone to read so I can talk about it! I might find I was the only one who missed the clues but that’s not unusual because I get so caught up in the story.
Lupton’s characterisations were extremely well done. I loved Beatrice and the changes she undergoes throughout her journey, how much her life alters through her solid refusal to believe what she’s been told, and her determination to find out the truth. She was both believable and real, and the love she has for her sister got to me in a deep and profound way.
The supporting cast were as solid as Beatrice; her mother who has already been through enough tragedy with the loss of a son at an early age, her safe dependable and boring fiance who just wants her to accept things as they are so they can go back to the States. The police she encounters repeatedly in her search were well written and their actions were understandable, even as you felt her frustration with them. The best character other than Beatrice was Mr Wright, the CPS Lawyer who takes her through the events of her search. They make up the most of the book along with narration or a letter to her sister. He was utterly believeable and I loved him.
I can only briefly mention the ending in that it left me shocked and speechless but with the feeling that I had just read something incredible.
Sister is a fascinating and enjoyable book that will pull you in and refuse to let you go until you know the truth.