Sister by Rosamund Lupton
Sister is the story of Beatrice and, unsurprisingly, her younger sister Tess. Beatrice and Tess, although a little like chalk and cheese and in spite of living a great distance apart, have a very strong and caring relationship so when Tess takes a phone call from her mother to say her sister has gone missing she immediately returns to London.
I really liked this book, I thought the relationship between the two sisters was wonderfully portrayed and emotional. And, I liked Beatrice. It was really great watching her suddenly unfold. She started the story as the more sensible, high flying, corporately successful but emotionally stunted of the two. As the story progresses Beatrice loses her inhibition (and snobbery) and begins a bit of a voyage of discovery about herself and her relationships. What was really good about Beatrice was her dogged determination to keep on searching for answers about Tess – even though everybody else had given up – and her own conviction that she knows Tess and the way she would act.
In terms of the plot of the book and the way it was constructed I thought it was really well done and I liked the idea of Beatrice writing the story to her sister Tess in the form of a letter. I wouldn’t advise you to pick this book up if you’re thinking along the lines of a pacy crime/thriller because this isn’t that sort of novel. There is a lot of detail and emotion and really the ‘plot’ was for me personally almost like a secondary element. Don’t get me wrong – I REALLY wanted to know what was going on, and, a bit like Beatrice I suspected absolutely everyone and was jumping about all over the place. Plus I was also totally intrigued about what was wrong with Beatrice. The ending completely surprised me, I didn’t see it coming at all. I had to stop in my tracks and rethink it but once I did I thought it was amazing. And refreshing. It did put me in mind of a couple of things but I can’t put anything more because it will give too much away and I hate plot spoilers.
Criticisms – on reflection a lot of the male characters in the book are really flawed – in fact if you really think about it there is only one character who was consistently kind, thoughtful and decent all the way through – and the ending totally turns that on it’s head – I would love to be able to say more but just cant! I would also love to be able to ask for an opinion on one particular element of the book towards the end which I really don’t understand but, again, I can’t (stamps feet childishly).
Also, I wouldn’t particularly compare Rosamund to Daphne du Maurier. I love DdM and in making this comparison you’re already holding the book up in a critical light before you even start – that being said, to be totally honest that’s probably the reason why I bought the book – out of curiosity – I don’t feel disappointed though. This was a really good read and I would recommend it.