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I haven't had the best of luck purchasing from the "Literary Fiction New Releases" section lately. Beginning to wonder if my expectations had become too high, I halfheartedly purchased "Sister" by Rosamund Lupton and prepared for yet another disappointing but somewhat diverting read. I was completely surprised when "Sister" grabbed me immediately and continued to be a satisfying, engrossing listen to the very end. Narrator Juanita McMahon was flawless: her delivery well paced, intonation perfectly capturing a wide range of characters.
Currently living in the U.S., twenty-something Beatrice is called home to England when her sister, Tess, goes missing and is ultimately found dead. Stunned and numb with grief, Beatrice struggles to get to know the person Tess had become in recent years so she can come to terms with this sudden and incomprehensible death. Of course, one question leads to another and it soon becomes clear that the answers needed to make sense of Tess' present are rooted in their family's complicated and haunting past.
The one little annoyance I had was how free spirited Tess is portrayed as a bit of a caricature: fragile genius hippie chick with noble social conscience, loved by all she meets. Upon reflection, however, I realized that even during flashbacks into the past, Tess is unable to speak for herself. All we know of her is through the recollections of others; and what we tend to do when some one we loves dies, is idealize them. This novel reminded me of "Restless" by William Boyd, which I loved. Both authors know how to spin a compelling, intelligent tale with characters flawed and fascinating.
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LOVE! This book was great. Very sad. A wonderfully told story. Knowing the ending at the beginning of the book, made it impossible to stop listening. I was dying to know what happened to lead up to what we knew to be the ending. I highly recommend this one. Love, love, love it!
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