Book Review: Sister by ROSAMUND LUPTON

  • Published: 02/09/2010
  • 358 pages
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rating 1280px-5_stars.svg

Nothing can break the bond between sisters …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 her sister’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 their 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.


I chose Sister based on many recommendations from my fellow book lovers and decided to take it with me as a ‘journey’ book. Oh my, it got me hooked. I struggled to close it and nearly forgot to board my flight. Considering this book has been published quite a few years ago, I can’t believe I’ve never came across it.

Sister is written in form of letter which makes this story more personal, powerful and just so heartbreaking. It’s written from perspektive of Bee, older sister of missing lively, young and independent Tess.

Bee travels back to UK after phone call telling her, her sister Tess is missing. Knowing her sister the best and being so close to her Bee can’t believe her sister would run away or disappear without a word and from the first moment knows, someone must be behind her disappearance.

With all hope of finding Tess well and safe, Bee searches her flat, speaks to people who had any contact with her sister but unfortunately Tess has been found dead in old public toilets. Post mortem suggests suicide and police has no need to question it and closes the case.

Bee knows her sister the best, she knows there is no way Tess would end her life and doesn’t stop the search and refuses to grieve, until she finds the person responsible for her dead.

Lots of secrets and lies surface with turning every page. Tess had a stalker, secret lover (married professor), gave birth to stillborn baby Xavier, post natal depression and many more lead Bee to to different directions and so many possible murderers.

At the end of the book we found out that Bee is only writing mental letter to her sister and is actually being held captive by her sister’s murderer at the same place of her sister’s death. Totally unexpected turn left me shocked and had to reread the last chapter just to be sure. All pieces suddenly fall back into place and when you don’t expect happy ending anymore, newly found friend saves her life.


I loved this book, found it gripping and exciting in this sad, terrible kind of way and would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a good unpudownable book with unpredictable ending.

Our mind is who we are; it’s where we feel and think and believe. It’s where we have love and hate and faith and passion.

But you want to know if Xavier is burried with you. Of course he is, Tess. Of course he is. In your arms.


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