Thursday, 7 October 2010

A Thriller - 'Sister' by Rosamund Lupton

Pic of sunny garden today.  Above lower - You can just see some delicate nerines flowering among all that pink shrubby salvia. It has taken the nerines five years to appear - I reckon I planted them too deep originally. I've learnt since that the bulbs should have their necks above the ground. Nerines are mostly greenhouse plants apparently and even the hardy one needs a sheltered spot outdoors. The salvia itself looked dead for months after last cold winter but as you see it isn't.  I'm cheered by these late flowering plants, aren't you?

Recent reading
Sister by Rosamund Lupton.  Another Richard and Judy choice, another good read, this thriller is told in the form of a letter by Beatrice to her missing sister, as in We Need to Talk About Kevin - not that there is any connection between the two apart from the format.  Here's the blurb. 'Nothing can break the bond between sisters ...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 her sister'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 fiance and even their 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.'
It's difficult to write about it without giving away the plot, but it is to do with gene therapy and cystic fybrosis, something I know a little about, but not much.  Rosamund's husband is a doctor, apparently, so she was able to research hospital procedures. I had a vague suspicion who dunnit but didn't guess the denouement. Well worth reading.  It's been a big seller, as 'literary crime'.


Elizabeth Chadwick said...

Susie, I have just finished this one. I enjoyed it up to a point but I found the heroine's mother very strange. If the girls are in their 20's, then mum should be in her 50's and a lot more modern in her clothing and attitudes. I felt the author had written about someone a lot older - mid 70's onwards by the descriptions.

Talli Roland said...

Lovely garden photos, as always! Sigh - I'd love to even own a bush at this point!

I haven't read this book but I've heard good things around it. Thanks for the review!

Karen said...

I've just ordered this book and I'm looking forward to reading it.

Great photos - our garden resembles a rugby pitch after heavy rain at the moment!

LindyLouMac said...

I always love seeing photos of your beautiful English garden and the book sounds interesting, wondering if my husband would like it? I might get away with ordering if I say it is for him you see :)

Susie Vereker said...

Yes, EC, I agree, I thought the mother too old. Thanks Talli and Karen for visting. Hope you enjoy it, Karen.
LLM, not sure your husband wd like it. I reckon it's more of a woman's book (lots of emotion) but have just started a macho one by S. Faulks called A Week in December, quite long so may take me a week. Son 1 recommended.

LindyLouMac said...

Susie - I rather thought that might be the case, but maybe having heard of Amazons free postage offer to Italy today I may order some books after all. I will look forward to hearing what you have to say about the Faulks one as well, as that is also on our Wish list.