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From the Publisher
Despite wildly different personalities and lifestyles, Beatrice, or Bee as her loved ones call her, and Tess had a deep, sisterly bond. When Tess is found with slashed wrists in a public bathroom in London, Bee returns to England from New York to uncover the truth behind her sister's death. Rosamund Lupton unfolds her debut novel, SISTER, with style, gracefully balancing a gripping psychological thriller plot with a meditation on the power of familial connections.
When New York designer Beatrice gets a frantic call in the middle of Sunday lunch telling her that her younger sister, art student Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home to London. But as she learns about the circumstances surrounding her sister's disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows about her sister's life -- and how unprepared she is for the terrifying truths she must now face. Beatrice and Tess have exchanged long, intimate letters, and Sister is framed as a letter from Beatrice to Tess. The facts of Tess's disappearance and likely death are slowly revealed to the reader in a persuasive -- and memorable -- narrative.