Bodecia Book Club members review their latest book, Sister by Rosamund Lupton.
A British study suggested that men and women who grew up with sisters had happier lives and rosier outlooks than men and women who didn’t.
The presence of even one sister in a household was enough to foster an atmosphere of emotional openness that helped family members communicate and tackle problems.
No such benefit accrued to people who had only brothers.
In her first novel, Rosamund Lupton makes a point of crediting her own younger sister as “the inspiration for the book and a continued blessing”.
This highly charged, edge-of-your-seat domestic thriller centres around the close bond between two highly intuitive sisters.
When New York-based designer Beatrice gets a call in the middle of Sunday lunch to say her younger sister, Tess, has gone missing, she boards the first plane back to London.
Written as a letter from Beatrice to Tess, the facts of Tess’ disappearance and the following investigation into her probable murder are drip-fed to the reader, as are details from their difficult childhood.
Lupton’s crisp insights into grief and familial guilt are married to a confidently executed plot.
When Tess turns up dead in a toilet block in Hyde Park, her body is sent off for testing.
When the results come back it suggests Tess committed suicide and everyone accepts that – everyone except Beatrice.
Beatrice knows Tess would never take her own life, not after their brother Leo had died after having cystic fibrosis.
Beatrice thinks that her sister was murdered and embarks on a mission to find out by whom.
Sister is an amazing book! We really really loved it!
Sister isn’t one of those books where you have two suspects that could be the people who committed the murder; in Sister any one of the characters could be responsible for Tess’s death and it keeps you thinking until the very last page.
We were never 100 per cent certain who we thought the murderer was.
When we came to the end of the book and it suddenly dawned on us what was happening and you uncover who the murder was some of us actually gasped in shock!
We were not expecting that twist, at all – well, not all of us!
We can imagine this making a good film, with someone like Julia Roberts or Katherine Heigl as the lead.
This is one of our recommended reads.
We gave Sister 8/10.
The book we are now reading is The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde.
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