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Theakstons, 2011

Paperback / ISBN-13: 9780749942014

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‘Tear-jerking and spine-tingling’ New York Times


You’re missing. I’m coming to find you . . .

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 Tess’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 fiancé and even her 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.


‘Truly marvellous! As compelling as it is stylish’ Jeffery Deaver

‘Exceptionally confident . . . Packs a devastating emotional punch’ Guardian

‘An adrenline rush’ New York Times

‘Crisp insights into grief and familial guilt are married to a confidently executed plot . . . classy debut’ Independent

‘Grips like a vice’ Sunday Times

‘Stunningly accomplished from first page to last . . . devastatingly good’ Daily Mail

‘Superb . . . so many twists and turns’ Radio Times

‘Tense, gripping and a total page-turner’ Richard Madeley, Richard & Judy

‘Original . . . Utterly compelling’ Closer

‘Beautifully written – you believe every word’ Judy Finnegan, Richard & Judy

‘Sophisticated . . . brilliantly written and utterly gripping’ YOU magazine

‘Page-turning’ Red magazine

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Lupton enters the highly charged ring where the best psychological detective writers spar, her hands raised in a victory clench. Like Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell, Lupton builds suspense not only around the causes and details of her story's brutal denouement, but also around the personalities . . . Both tear-jerking and spine-tingling, Sister provides an adrenaline rush that could cause a chill on the sunniest afternoon
New York Times
A heart-tugging, tense mystery
Lupton's crisp insights into grief and familial guilt are married to a confidently executed plot. Free from the genre's more mawkish excesses, Lupton's persuasive narrative voice is what keeps this classy debut on track
Emma Hagestadt, Independent
Lupton's classy debut is a welcome and exciting addition to the genre
The Lady
Stunningly accomplished from first page to last, this is the most exciting debut thriller I've read all year. The suspense crackles, and the twists come thick and fast, but more than that it has a touching poignancy that brings tears to your eyes . . .Written with the power and panache of a young Daphne du Maurier, it s devastatingly good, and announces the arrival if a truly original talent
Daily Mail
Beautifully written - you believe every word
Judy Finnegan, Woman's Own
A psychological murder mystery written with literary flair . . . Be prepared for page-turning
Red Magazine
A remarkable piece of work . . . Lupton shrewdly and compassionately peels back the story's rich layers . . . providing a genuinely wicked sting at the end. But the key to Sister is Bee's voice: clear, strong, single-minded, and not to be denied
Seattle Times
Nicci French via Ford Madox Ford, anyone? Lupton's debut is an exceptionally confident domestic gothic thriller... It also packs a devastating punch. Sister is so ably done, so perceptive about grief and guilt and self-delusion
John O'Connell, Guardian
Tense, gripping and a total page-turner
Richard Madeley, Woman's Own
This sophisticated psychological thriller is brilliantly written and utterly gripping
YOU Magazine
Grips like a vice
Sunday Times
This superb debut novel has so many twists and turns as to cause dizziness - it's the literary equivalent of 'scream if you want to go faster' - and just when you think things are slowing down to a peaceful, settled resolution, there's one more stomach-churning final turn in store
Radio Times
Fast-paced and absurdly entertaining . . . Along with a juicy mystery, it resounds with an authentic sense of sisterly love and loyalty
Boston Globe
Original, spooky and clever, this thriller is utterly compelling
A chilling, gripping, tragic, heart-warming, life-affirming enigma of a story
The narrative process is so intimate and delicate . . . the stop-and-start associative movement of Bee's voice is, as a British review wrote, "utterly compelling". And the ending, however gently foreshadowed, is a stunner
Houston Chronicle
Truly marvellous! As compelling as it is stylish, Sister exists in that rare place where crime fiction and literature coincide
Jeffrey Deaver