If you haven’t heard of this book then you must have been in a coma. Longlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, a massive commercial success, a Sunday Times bestseller, it was also one of the selected books for the first Richard & Judy WHSmith book club promotions in the UK. Its success is no surprise as it’s really rather good. It has a strong new voice and is refreshingly original in its structure where its narrator, Beatrice, is addressing her missing sister Tess.
In New York, Beatrice receives a phone call telling her that her younger sister Tess is missing, and with no hesitation she returns to London. Born of the same parents but worlds apart in life, Beatrice’s probing leads her to discover that she actually knew little of Tess’s life. Where the police, their mother and Beatrice’s fiancé accept the loss of Tess, Beatrice does not and her journey to discover the truth proves to be a dangerous one…
Above all, this is an emotionally engaging novel, visceral in tone, and with Beatrice’s journey becoming the reader’s own experience. It’s a novel that demands an uninterrupted read and haunts in the memory, still wrenching at the guts of the reader long after the final page.
And if you feel I have given you little here: that’s my goal. You need to read Sister to appreciate it.