Do you need to have a sister to enjoy this book? No. Does it help? Yes.
Twenty-something career woman Bea has just been told that her younger sister Tess has been missing for a few days, so she flies back from her house in New York to help with the search. But when everyone around her - family, friends and police - are convinced that there is nothing suspicious in her sister's disappearance, Bea is convinced otherwise and begins to question everyone she can to find out what really happened to her little sister, not knowing where her investigations will eventually lead...
Lupton's style of writing in this book is incredibly compelling as it starts immediately as a letter from Bea to Tess and continues in this vein throughout. It has been a long time since I have read a book this gripping, where each twist and turn is surprising. The characters are so brilliantly detailed that each one is relatable. As the plot begins to unravel, the complex but tightly wound relationship between Bea and Tess is put under close scrutiny - as she explains early on to the investigating policeman - "You asked me if we were close, not if I understood her."
Secrets are revealed, including the surfacing of some very dark characters who appear to be likely candidates for harming Tess.. if only Bea can prove it. The ending is pure class and does not disappoint.
You will not be able to put it down!
Expect great things from Lupton in the future. She is one to watch!
*WARNING: I do advise caution if you have recently lost a loved one. It's heart-wrenching stuff.*
Rating: 5 out of 5 FOBLEs :) Perfect book!