Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sister by Rosamund Lupton

I had a really difficult time getting into the groove of this book.  After talking with my friend Debbie who loaned it to me and my husband Jason, I came to the conclusion that it was very frustrating to me to read the narrative from the older sister Bee constantly talking to her dead sister Tess and it always being a one-sided conversation.  Because I never really got to know Tess, I really didn't have any attachment toward her or care about her murder or pregnancy.  I had no problem reading a chapter and then picking it up weeks later to read another one.  This book really dragged on and on for me.  I'm sure that seems surprising to most of you who have read it, because it's a very highly rated piece of fiction - but I just couldn't get into it.  The last chapter did end fantastically, but overall it's not one I could easily recommend to others.  Shoot, cause I really wanted to like it!

Description: 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 difficulty 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.

A thrilling story of fierce love between siblings, Sister is a suspenseful and accomplished debut with a stunning twist.

Rating: *** (3 stars only cause the ending brought it up from a 2!)

Recommend: Nah.