Their bond was unbreakable. The truth was unimaginable. When Beatrice receives a call to say that her sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home. But as she learns about Tess’s disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life. Everyone around her accepts they have lost Tess, but Beatrice refuses to give up, embarking on a dangerous journey to discover the shocking truth, whatever the cost...
©2010 Rosamund Lupton (P)2011 WF Howes Ltd
I felt that this book was very well written. Good character development. Good mystery. Well developed plot. It wasn't a spell binding page turner but it was a very good read.
The way the story of the past was written in the present in a format of a letter to the dead sister was a unique presentation.
I have a DLitt and Phil Degree which must imply a level of discernment? I just clocked over at 60. The significance is that I have read a whole lot of books. I'm now revisiting some of my all time favourites - and enjoying some first time round books. Books are my friends. Audible is JUST AMAZING - takes me back to pre -TV days, with my ear pressed to a crackly transistor radio - but now SO MUCH better and more 'classy' from a Kindle!
And in fact, you may find yourself dropping off and wondering what happened during the last 10 minutes. It doesnt really matter. There is very little adrenalin sucking thrill about this book. Beautifully read, in a rich warm, velvety voice it is soothing, comforting and quite tiring. Perhaps not the best company whilst driving - especially not on a long trip. If there was something introguing about the story I missed it as it may well have been in the lengthy tracts when I switched off and out. Could be about my inability to remain engaged, not about Sister at all... Charmaine Elliott
This was a great summer read. Not because it is light and fluffy, quite the opposite, but because it is the kind of book that keeps you up very late at night to finish and it's good to be on vacation and not need to get up for work or to get kids ready for school the next morning. That is how I read it. In one night. Stayed awake til after one am to do so. Something about the way the author constructed the plot and the unfolding revelations kept me turning the pages/listening. The shifting tenses and backwards way of looking forwards ( if that makes sense) was an unusual but effective style.
I realized almost immediately after beginning this book that the blurb on the back and the phrase on the front are misleading. You find out very early on that the fate or location of Bea's sister is not in question. It's the who and why that needs to be revealed. Its a very well done, darkly imagined story with a, for me, unexpected development at the end. I hesitate to cheapen it with the twist label because looking back, clues to that development were laced subtly throughout the narrative and made me really curious to get to the end to find out what she was alluding to. I just didn't expect it to be that.
I don't have a sister, but I can imagine that if I did I'd be calling her today.
I absolutely loved this audiobook. The narrator was absolutely perfect for this book, told from the perspective of a single woman, and I was completely gripped from start to finish. I cannot recommend this audiobook highly enough. Five stars.
This is a novel in need of much editing, poorly written and with a plot that relies on a primitive gimmick. The narrator does a good job with the voices but reads so slowly that it is excruciating. I turned my ipod to the fastest setting, which usually makes the reader sound like a high, squeaky chipmunk, but in this case it sounded normal and still too slow. Maddening. But the problem here is not the narrator. It is the weak plot, based on a crude gimmick, and peopled with single-dimension caricatures. What a waste.
"So glad I persevered"
Was a bit off put at first by the idea of this being written as a letter and the narrator and nearly gave up but didn't and I'm glad I didn't.
The story kept me guessing and changing my mind all the way to the conclusion.
Just wish they'd picked a younger narrator, she's only supposed to be about 26/27 but the narrator sounded much older (I believe she's actually in her 60s) and I had to speed up the narration as she spoke so slowly.
"Amazing choice of words used in the story"
This audiobook is different. I am surprised how each word expresses itself so much. Fabulous !
Alchemist! I found the wordings in both books were deep almost deep enough to touch the soul.
She successfully established all the emotions that were required to bring the story to life.
Once you have lost someone who meant everything to you, time doesn't matter any more.
I love poetry and literature, and i found some parts of the story was told so poetically that i could literally feel it than hear it! It is not easy to put down words in such a way that really touches someone. Bravo !
"Almost really good"
I didn't realise this book had a key theme of stillbirth, and would have hesitated had I realised. As a midwife, I found aspects of the plot completely unrealistic but I was able to put those aside to continue the book.
A fantastic plot twist, that should have been allowed to continue to its natural end. Disappointed that it was softened.
Mostly good. Accents weren't consistent enough.
"A good read"
No I wouldn't listen again. An ok tale but not one I would need to read again. It did not grab my attention from the start, and took me a while to get into. I had read reviews and decided to give it a go on that basis. I'm not sorry I read it but if I'm being totally honest for me it just didn't meet expectations.
I cannot compare to any other story I know
None of the characters made me like or dislike them. I was indifferent to all.
Can't think of a tag line.
It did not live up to the hype
"It could have been great."
I was totally engaged with this book from the start. When you start it you will know why. It is a thriller and you are always guessing who did it. As a sister you wonder would you do the same for your sister. It is a real page turner.
However what stopped the 4 stars was the ending. I will say no more once you listen you may think the same as me.
I still listen to it and make up your own ending instead.
After being initially put off by the very pondorous presentation of the narrator, I came back to this audio during a long car journey. There are some lovely and pithy insights into grief, loss, sisterhood and obsession, which more than compensate for the slow speed and style of narration.
Juanita Mahon (narrator) although talented in presenting a range of accents and voices, fundamentally has or adopts too "old" a style for the sister through whom the story is told. A younger voice would have made the experience much more engaging and poignant.
Nevertheless, it is a satisfying and touching story which paints a bright picture of a heroine (the non narrator sister) that will stay with me for some time.
"some memorable observations but not stand out"
This book was let down by the narrator but I'm not sure this was a great book to start with. It's the first time I've felt rather let down by an audible book and I find it hard to recommend. Perhaps it is because I'd just finished 'The Help' which I thought was brilliantly written and brilliantly narrated and therefore was a hard act to follow, neverthless...
I like great writing but I can equally be hooked by a darn good plot, even if it isn't world class literature. This book does have some truly memorable observations, some that stay with you for a day or two. Sometimes these are about sisterhood, sometimes about grief or something completely random like watching a scary movie. Little diamonds which are book's best feature. So despite what I suspect I will go on to write, I'm glad I read it for these alone.
The casting of the narrator was poor. I don't know how old the main character Beatrice is but I would guess late 30's at the very most. I don't know the narrator either but I'd guess from her voice she was older, in her 50's perhaps. Poor casting got in the way of making this character believable. Then there simply wasn't enough variety in the other character voices. Perhaps it was a lack of recording time but that doesn't forgive an incredibly bad American accent for the character of Tod. However, this is not simply a case of narrator spoiling book. The book for the first 2 1/3rds held attention and I was impressed at how much of the mystery was able to be retained. However, by the last 1/3rd I began to feel manipulated and almost bullied through the plot and when it finally ended, totally exasperated by the way it did end. For obvious reasons, not going to describe.
I take away from this book some really memorable observations but I wouldn't honestly recommend it as a must listen to audible download.
If Rosamund wanted to write poetry she should not have tried to write a book. I have never been so bored listening to such rubbish. The story could have been told in half the time. A wast of money We do not recommend it at all.
I implore you to save your credits and your time. What a dreary read! Lacked pace, humanity, wit and even a good murder mystery. Nice twist at the end but certainly not worth trudging through hours of cliched old guff just to get to it.
"Time for Reflection"
I thoroughly enjoyed reflecting on my own relationship with my sister and how I would feel had I been in the same circumstance. The questioning of your own belief system when all around you were questioning your beliefs.
The narration was very good and the pace of the story was even. Just as you were ready for the next piece of the saga it was there. I was able to move into her flat and her life just as her sister did as the description was excellent.
The surviving sister, I cant remember her name.
The moment in the toilet block when ............ cant reveal part of the story....... but you were not sure how it was going to end at all.
Very enjoyable, even paced, beautifully narrated and entertainingly descriptive.
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