Sister by Rosamund Lipton
Overview from Goodreads:
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’s 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 difficulty 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.
I absolutely loved this book. It was so beautifully written and often times heartbreaking. The author wrote the book as a letter from Bee to Tess as she explains the steps she took to find out the truth about how Tess died.
Even though she is already gone, we get to know Tess through her older sister. In trying to determine how her sister really dies, Bee discovers many things about herself. As a result, she makes some major life changes.
The concept of one sister writing a letter to her only other sibling who is gone was very sad. I thought the author handled the story line quite well. This is a debut novel by Ms. Lipton. The US version became available on June 7,2011. Her second novel, Afterward, is scheduled for release in the US in April, 2012. I will definitely be checking this book out!
I gave Sister 5 stars out of 5.