Sister : The phenomenal Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller

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'Tear-jerking and spine-tingling' New York Times


You're missing. I'm coming to find you . . .

When Beatrice gets a frantic call in the middle of Sunday lunch to say that her younger sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home to London. But as she learns about the circumstances surrounding Tess's disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life - and unprepared for the terrifying truths she must now face.

The police, Beatrice's fiance and even her mother accept they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up on her. So she embarks on a dangerous journey to discover the truth, no matter the cost.


'Truly marvellous! As compelling as it is stylish' Jeffery Deaver

'Exceptionally confident . . . Packs a devastating emotional punch' Guardian

'An adrenline rush' New York Times

'Crisp insights into grief and familial guilt are married to a confidently executed plot . . . classy debut' Independent

'Grips like a vice' Sunday Times

'Stunningly accomplished from first page to last . . . devastatingly good' Daily Mail

'Superb . . . so many twists and turns' Radio Times

'Tense, gripping and a total page-turner' Richard Madeley, Richard & Judy

'Original . . . Utterly compelling' Closer

'Beautifully written - you believe every word' Judy Finnegan, Richard & Judy

'Sophisticated . . . brilliantly written and utterly gripping' YOU magazine

'Page-turning' Red magazine
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 138 x 203 x 25mm | 296g
  • Piatkus Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • 0
  • 0749942010
  • 9780749942014
  • 3,220

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Truly marvellous! As compelling as it is stylish, Sister exists in that rare place where crime fiction and literature coincide Jeffrey Deaver
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Truly marvellous! As compelling as it is stylish, Sister exists in that rare place where crime fiction and literature coincide -- Jeffrey Deaver Nicci French via Ford Madox Ford, anyone? Lupton's debut is an exceptionally confident domestic gothic thriller... It also packs a devastating punch. Sister is so ably done, so perceptive about grief and guilt and self-delusion -- John O'Connell * Guardian * Grips like a vice * Sunday Times * Lupton enters the highly charged ring where the best psychological detective writers spar, her hands raised in a victory clench. Like Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell, Lupton builds suspense not only around the causes and details of her story's brutal denouement, but also around the personalities . . . Both tear-jerking and spine-tingling, Sister provides an adrenaline rush that could cause a chill on the sunniest afternoon * New York Times * Stunningly accomplished from first page to last, this is the most exciting debut thriller I've read all year. The suspense crackles, and the twists come thick and fast, but more than that it has a touching poignancy that brings tears to your eyes . . .Written with the power and panache of a young Daphne du Maurier, it s devastatingly good, and announces the arrival if a truly original talent * Daily Mail * Lupton's crisp insights into grief and familial guilt are married to a confidently executed plot. Free from the genre's more mawkish excesses, Lupton's persuasive narrative voice is what keeps this classy debut on track -- Emma Hagestadt * Independent * Tense, gripping and a total page-turner -- Richard Madeley * Woman's Own * Beautifully written - you believe every word -- Judy Finnegan * Woman's Own * This sophisticated psychological thriller is brilliantly written and utterly gripping * YOU Magazine * This superb debut novel has so many twists and turns as to cause dizziness - it's the literary equivalent of 'scream if you want to go faster' - and just when you think things are slowing down to a peaceful, settled resolution, there's one more stomach-churning final turn in store * Radio Times * A chilling, gripping, tragic, heart-warming, life-affirming enigma of a story * Booklist * Lupton's classy debut is a welcome and exciting addition to the genre * The Lady * Fast-paced and absurdly entertaining . . . Along with a juicy mystery, it resounds with an authentic sense of sisterly love and loyalty * Boston Globe * Original, spooky and clever, this thriller is utterly compelling * Closer * A psychological murder mystery written with literary flair . . . Be prepared for page-turning * Red Magazine * A remarkable piece of work . . . Lupton shrewdly and compassionately peels back the story's rich layers . . . providing a genuinely wicked sting at the end. But the key to Sister is Bee's voice: clear, strong, single-minded, and not to be denied * Seattle Times * The narrative process is so intimate and delicate . . . the stop-and-start associative movement of Bee's voice is, as a British review wrote, "utterly compelling". And the ending, however gently foreshadowed, is a stunner * Houston Chronicle * A heart-tugging, tense mystery * Bookseller *
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About Rosamund Lupton

Rosamund Lupton graduated from Cambridge University in 1986. After reviewing books for the Literary Reviews and being invited to join the Royal Court Theatre, she won a television play competition and subsequently worked as a screen writer.

Her debut novel Sister, was a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime, a Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, has been translated into over thirty languages and has international sales of over 1.5 million copies. It was the fastest-selling debut of 2010 by a British author, and was winner of the Richard and Judy Best Debut Novel of 2011 Award and the Strand Magazine Critics First Novel Award. Film rights of Sister are currently under option.

Lupton's critically acclaimed second novel Afterwards also went straight into the Sunday Times bestseller lists and was the No. 2 Sunday Times fiction bestseller of 2011. The Quality of Silence, her third novel, was a Sunday Times bestseller and a Richard & Judy bookclub pick
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Rating details

51,566 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 24% (12,446)
4 40% (20,721)
3 26% (13,648)
2 7% (3,630)
1 2% (1,121)

Our customer reviews

This was amazing! I really loved the sisterly love between the two sisters. The book was fast-paced and kept the reader guessing at every corner!show more
by Hasini N. Eliyapura
I studied this in English at school last year and it was fantastic. I stayed up hours just to find out what would happen next and finished it within days. Its incredibly gripping and a fantastic read. You connect with the characters and you follow them as the story progresses. Such an amazing thriller. One of my top more
by Eli McKeown
Very enjoyable and recommended it to several friends whom also liked it. Good more
by linda mcsweeney
I only got half way through this book and then put it down. I think it just doesn't get you in and gets a little confusing. I am going to try and finish it in view of the reviews that make reference to the endingshow more
by Carnie
I liked "Sister"--it was suspenseful and beautifully written. I thought it was similar to "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and "Before I Go to Sleep" in the way it was written and how it held your attention to the very last page. Keen to Lupton's "Afterwards" more
by Maggie Swithenbank
It's a good read, enjoyable and keeps you guessing, even though I lost interest in some parts for a few moments, facts seem to be overly detailed in parts of the book which in my opinion affected the tight structure and the flow. Overall well written and recommendedshow more
by mona abed algani
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