5 Muffins Book Reviews

Review of ‘Sister’ by Rosamund Lupton

I think I picked up Sister second hand (like quite a few of my books!) and it’s another one I’ve been putting off reading for quite a while. After reading it, however, I don’t know why that was the case!

Below is my review, plus a sneaky peak at the front cover and description and places to buy:

About The Book


‘Sister’ by Rosamund Lupton

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.

My Review

Sister is a crime thriller that follows Beatrice on her journey to find out what happened to her sister, Tess. Set in Britain (yay!), the novel explores how Beatrice goes about defying everything that is said to her to uncover the truth, because she knew her sister better than anyone, and understands that something is not quite right. Everything that happens is told through Beatrice’s narrative, which gives a proper emotional connection to her as the main character, which is very important in novels like this. The story was by no means predictable, the description definitely doesn’t give anything away whatsoever! The ending was so climactic that it continued until the very end, finishing on that high feeling of shock and wonder. The plot was fast paced and, as with all good thrillers, everything added up at the end to contribute to that shocking feeling when everything is finally revealed.

As well as having an emotional connection with Beatrice through her strong narrative, I also felt quite close with Tess, even though she doesn’t feature as a proper character in the book, more of an ‘illusion’ I guess. Even her character was richly developed enough for me to know about her life and personality. The characters definitely had a life like quality to them, bringing each character alive when they were mentioned with another new thing to add to their list of traits that make them seem like a real person.

The story definitely kept me guessing! While you could have a punt at ‘who dunnit?’ throughout the book, nothing is truly revealed until the last few chapters. My favourite part of the book was when I thought I had found out who had committed the crime, and having that realisation that it may not quite be how it is on the paper, and of course it never is! I love that feeling of knowing something isn’t quite right! The whole narrative was so carefully formed and it was written so well that nothing was every given away, but subtle hints were always dropped! The scenes towards the end when things started to become clear where particularly well written, as everything slowly comes to light, one by one, the foreshadows are revealed. I was hooked on this book into the late hours of the night, and binge read the last 100 or so pages in one sitting!

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is a fan of thrillers or mystery books, and also anyone interested in more scientific crime novels (trying not to spoil any plot points!) It is such an intriguing, well written package tied up in a neat bow that is waiting to be unravelled!

My Rating: 5 Muffins out of 5

Where To Buy

If you like the sound of the book, here is where you can buy the book (including, but not limited to):


The Book Depository

  Cover photo and description taken from Goodreads (view book profile here)


By bookmuffin

I like books and tea. MA Children's Literature student.

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