The second book from Gem's bookclub was this one..i have to say i enjoyed it much more than first one we read (Room, see my review here if you like..), although (as seems to be the case with anything i review, i've noticed) i've still managed to be mean about it in my review below..
Sister - Rosamund Lupton
The basis of the book is that Beatrice gets a call that her sister is missing and immediately returns to London from her home in New York.. She spends the rest of the book trying to find out what happened to her sister...
From the first few pages of this book, I was hooked and desperate to find out what happened to Bee's sister. I think this was due to the affinity I felt with Bee when reading her descriptions in the first couple of pages describing the things she and her sister used to do to get messages to each other , which struck a chord and reminded me of things my sister and I used to do when we were younger. I think this heightened my disappointment when Tess' body was discovered.
From there onwards, I think the story started to get less and less believable. Whilst I appreciate that the grief associated with the loss of a sibling you were close to would have a huge effect on someone, would they really not think twice about leaving their home, job, and letting their fiance go without a second thought? This all seemed a little odd, as Bee became consumed to a point of obsession with proving everybody wrong and finding the 'truth' about the circumstances surrounding her sister's death - nothing else seemed to matter to her, to such an extent that as a reader one starts to question her grip on reality.
I think that the fact that the book was written as a letter to Tess makes it a little more difficult for the reader to follow, with a constant flicking between narrative stances; this could be the reason it seems to be so easy for Bee to become repetitive in some instances, and to often go off on a tangent. Perhaps this is intentional, along with the repetition of some words and descriptions, which become a little irksome after a while.
Personally, what I would have wanted from a murder mystery of this type, is a long build-up of tension, leading up to a crescendo ending, and a feeling of relief when the twists are unravelled. I can't say that this happened in Sister; the ending seemed a little rushed, which I felt weakened the 'twist', and I didn't really feel a lot of tension building up until the last couple of chapters - there were a couple of characters who had a lot more potential to play a larger part, in particular Tess' teacher, but I felt he was dropped out of the plot fairly suddenly in the rush to finish the story off.
As much as there were a few things which I found frustrating, I did read the book with ease - it didn't annoy me enough to put it down. It did keep me guessing until fairly close to the end twist being revealed, so the mystery element was there to some extent. I'm glad it was chosen as I wouldn't normally have picked it up. and it whiled away an afternoon so I'll award it 7/10.