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3.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 53.88 out of 5 3.88 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rosamund Lupton Narrator: Juanita McMahon Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9781461849452
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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’ 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 difficultly 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Both tear-jerking and spine-tingling, Sister provides an adrenaline rush that could cause a chill on the sunniest afternoon.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Elegantly suspenseful…a pulse-quickening cocktail of science fiction and whodunit, with a splash of literary poetics and poignancy.”

    NPR

  • “You’ll relish every twist and turn.”

    People

  • “[A] fast-paced, absurdly entertaining novel…Along with a juicy mystery, it resounds with an authentic sense of sisterly love and loyalty.” 

    Boston Globe

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2011

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kris Evans | 2/19/2014

    " A good mystery about a woman who's sister is murdered, but the police believe she committed suidice. Some very good descriptions of grief and love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raquel | 2/9/2014

    " I have just started this book and really enoying it. 30 pages in and already a few twists. I am trying not to read it too quickly which is always a good sign. Highly recommend it so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances | 2/6/2014

    " A good book, but I think it may appeal to women rather than men, but I could be wrong. Didn't realise what was really going on till the last chapter - that's how it's meant to be. Very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nora | 2/3/2014

    " I truly enjoyed this psychological thriller. Literally could not put it down and read it during the course of a day. Lupton is reminiscent of Ruth Rendell and PD James. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marian | 1/27/2014

    " Very creepy. A psychological thriller that kept me guessing until the end. I could really imagine what it would like to be Bea and have no one believe you that your sister was murdered. Great summer read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Nelson | 1/23/2014

    " Would rate as 4.5 stars. Beautifully written by a clearly intelligent and erudite author. Found the ending a little feeble, but still thoroughly enjoyed the book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 1/22/2014

    " Great story interesting narration, build up of tension and a couple of gasp-aloud surprise twists near the end!! ... shame about some annoying mistakes in it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristianne | 1/19/2014

    " I enjoyed the book very much and found it very intriguing.. But I did not care for then ending.. I expected and wanted more.. More explanation and clarification on what happened to Bee! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marg | 1/15/2014

    " This was a good read for someone like me who doesn't read the crime thriller genre. It was a real page turner and I never expected the twist at the end. Makes me want to read more by this author. Would be a good book club read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 della | 1/11/2014

    " I found this to be a well written thriller. Every time I thought I had it figured out something new popped up. A good book for a snowy weekend, staying in bed with a cup of tea to finish in the middle of the night. I would definitely recommend it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather K | 1/6/2014

    " I really liked this book it was given to me by a friend and I had no expectations which was good I think. I was very unsure of what the story would be about in the beginning but it quickly grabbed me and I had to keep reading until the mystery was solved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lizzie | 12/24/2013

    " Haunting and very sad. It kept me guessing to the end and is a mystery 'who dun-it' as well as an exploration of sisters and relationships. don't read it when you're feeling fragile "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Bradley | 12/21/2013

    " Good, but I liked afterwards better... Maybe because I can relate to having a daughter more than I can relate to having a sister. This one didn't seem as compelling. M "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jude Brigley | 12/19/2013

    " A hard read because of the subject matter. The ending not as good as the lead-up. A bit harrowing but guessed the ending which was a sisappointment. However, very good on the nature of grief. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laurie | 12/9/2013

    " Told from an interesting point of view. The older sister narrates the book in the form of a letter to her missing sister. Much of the narrative of events is also told in the form of a deposition. This form of narration got a little confusing at points, but other wise a suspense filled book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maggie | 8/22/2013

    " Well written... Not a "thriller" (as advertised), in my opinion, till the end (which was a twist!), but a great summer read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen Cross | 8/18/2013

    " A woman that is living in New York gets a call that her sister is missing in England. She flys home and the adventure begins when she starts to look for her. Keeps you interested and lots of twists in the plot. A good "Who Done It?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janelle Steele | 6/18/2013

    " Initially I didn't enjoy the way the story was told, as a recount, but I came to respect it as a way to reveal the narrative. The ending was completely unexpected and masterful. Really enjoyed this book. In fact, it left me wanting more. A sign of a good read, in my book. Pun intended! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 5/23/2013

    " It was a good book but really needed concentration because of the different viewpoints on the chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 12/7/2012

    " Good book, like the different style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 P. | 12/4/2012

    " a very good read, has you on the edge up to the end!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K D | 10/11/2012

    " I just finished, not sure how I feel about the ending, plan to re-read last three chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie Meredith | 7/13/2012

    " This book was a good mystery/suspense. Lots of potential evil doers, keeps you guessing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki Anderson | 5/13/2012

    " Really good thriller with great build up through the letter writing! Good holiday read- loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Schwaller | 4/6/2012

    " Very cleverly written - some books are difficult to get into. This one had me from the beginning. A very fast read. The characters became real to me - spellbinding! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pammy | 11/19/2011

    " One of the best books I've read in awhile. A really pleasant surprise, considering an unknown author! Lots of descriptors apply: chilling, suspenseful, tearful, unique writing style and fast paced...guess I'll stop there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Diers | 11/17/2011

    " I thought this book was great. The author kept me guessing throughout. Very intriguing. Definitely recommend reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ally | 11/8/2011

    " I liked this book. The letter style was entertaining and woven in with the trial research made it much more tolerable than most "letter" styled books. Some of the narrative were occasionally a bit long and too descriptive. I enjoyed the ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deana | 11/7/2011

    " I'd rather give it 3 1/2 stars. It was enjoyable and compelling right up to the end when it started to irk me. But it was hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 11/6/2011

    " I read this book for book club. Did not love it, but was still intrigued all the same. It entertained me, and in the end I was up till 2am to find out the ending! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgann | 11/4/2011

    " Being one of five sisters, this novel broke my heart in its depiction of sisters' love of each other. For a debut novel, the construction of the mystery of Tess's death is very suspenseful. I did not suspect the ending sequence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawk11 | 11/4/2011

    " I really enjoyed this one. The main character starts off somewhat shallow, but grows as she digs into the mystery of what happened to her sister. The plot definitely thickens as the story progresses. I'm hoping for another one from Lupton soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 11/3/2011

    " I could not put this book down! It was beautifully written and I didn't want it to end. The author captures sadness and grief extremely well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/1/2011

    " Really interesting book, not sure how I feel about the end, but get the impression that's what the author was going for!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianna | 10/27/2011

    " Very well written murder mystery with lots of twists. The entire book is written from the viewpoint of one woman and her relationship with her younger sister. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 10/26/2011

    " A great book that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Read this for book club and every one of us was gripped and kept having to read whenever we could. Only critisim was the end felt a little rushed but a great twist! 9/10 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 10/26/2011

    " I liked this book but found it too easy to figure out where the story line was going. The closeness of the sisters was compelling and believable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Stella | 10/25/2011

    " Talk about terrible. I was actually super into this book until the last few chapters. At the end, I literally threw the book across the room in anger. Ugh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terri | 10/25/2011

    " This book is excellent. Superb first novel by the author, a can't put it down book. Gripping. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 10/23/2011

    " Wonderful - very moving. I loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mslib | 10/23/2011

    " Intense and incredibly well written, the story is of a woman struggling to survive (and solve) the murder of her sister. There was no skimming here, I read every word and was deeply involved with the family. Do read Sister. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Richard P. | 10/23/2011

    " I really would not have finished it...had it not been the next book in the Books Over Coffee...I just couldn't get used to Lupton's style of writing...I'll be anxious to hear what others have to say about it at this week's gathering... "

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About the Author
Author Rosamund LuptonRosamund Lupton is the internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed author of the novels Sister and Afterwards. Her New York Times bestselling debut Sister was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, a Target Book Club pick, winner of the Strand Magazine Critics Award, and has been translated into more than thirty languages, with international sales of over 1.5 million copies. Lupton lives in London with her husband and two sons.
About the Narrator

Juanita McMahon is a professionally trained actress with experience in theater, television, and film productions, including the critically acclaimed Control, which won the BIFA Best British Film Award. She is also an accomplished audiobook narrator.