Reviews

Sister

'An adrenaline rush' – New York Times

'Devastatingly good' – Daily Mail

'Absurdly Entertaining'- Boston Globe

'Exceptionally confident' – Guardian

'Brilliantly written' – You Magazine

'Superb' –  Radio Times

'Remarkable' – The Seattle Times

'Thrilling'- Vanity Fair

‘Elegantly suspenseful.’ National Public Radio

Among other honours: Winner of Richard & Judy's bookclub 2010; winner of best debut 2011; chosen as Book at Bedtime on Radio 4; Chosen as a top ten book by Amazon UK in 2011; chosen as  a top ten thriller by Amazon USA and a top hundred book of 2011; chosen by Amazon USA as a best book for June; editor's choice in the New York Times; a Sunday Times and New York Times best seller

“…With "Sister", Lupton enters the highly charged ring where the best psychological detective writers spar, her hands raised in a victory clench. She encircles her story with electrified ropes: new developments continually jolt her readers, which doesn’t stop them from eagerly – and a little sadistically – awaiting the impact of the next blow. Like Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell, Lupton builds suspense not only around the causes and 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." – The New York Times

“This fast-paced, absurdly entertaining novel, Lupton’s first, unfolds in the form of a long letter from Beatrice to her adored (if sometimes patronized) younger sister. Along with a juicy mystery, it resounds with an authentic sense of sisterly love and loyalty.” –Boston Globe

"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 of a truly original talent." -Daily Mail

"Truly marvellous! As compelling as it is stylish, Sister exists in that rare place where crime fiction and literature coincide" - Jeffery Deaver

"Nicci French via Ford Madox Ford, anyone? Lupton's debut is an exceptionally confident domestic gothic thriller with a mosaic-like, non-linear structure – 'pointillist', its graphic designer narrator Beatrice calls it. Framed as a letter from Beatrice to her dead sister Tess, in which she lays out the facts of Tess's murder as she has discovered them, Sister works so well because of the natural, unforced way it withholds information from the reader. It also packs a devastating emotional punch. Tess and Beatrice got on pretty well, but theirs was still a complex, awkward relationship to which Lupton does full justice." – The Guardian

"Murder mystery? Psychological thriller? Medical-ethics treatise? Yes to all, but so much more too. FInally the category doesn't matter nearly as much as the fact thatLupton's remarkable debut novel is a masterful, superlative-inspiring success that will hook readers (and keep them guessing) from page one … The powerful, heart-stopping ending lays bare the truth, and even readers who thought they'd guessed the outcome will be shocked. A chilling, gripping, tragic heart-warming, life-affirming enigma of a story." Booklist starred review

"This sophisticated psychological thriller is brilliantly written and utterly gripping" – You Magazine, Mail Online

"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"  The Independent

‘Elegantly suspenseful.,,, pulse-quickening…A cocktail of science fiction and whodunit, with a splash of literary poetics and poignancy…and a shocker that Lupton, a screenwriter by trade, has crafted to sock us in the gut.' National Public Radio

"As the story unfolds it becomes increasingly chilling – making for a totally absorbing tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end." The Sun

"This superb debut novel has so many twists 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 stomach-churning final turn in store." Radio Times

“A gripping, exquisitely paced mystery and tribute to the sororal relationship” –  Family Circle  USA (review for August issue)

"The narrative process is so intimate and delicate…the stop-and-start associative movement of Bea’s voice is, as a British review wrote, “utterly compelling.” And the ending, however gently foreshadowed, is a stunner."- the Houston Chronicle

"A remarkable piece of work. Lupton shrewdly and compassionately peels back the story's rich layers." – The Seattle Times

"A compulsive thriller with genuine originality. Very clever, very surprising, very touching. I devoured it" -Louise Candlish

"Satisfying and absorbing *****" - New Books Magazine

'Rosamund Lupton's 'Sister' Is Compelling Thriller' – ABC news . http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=13781647

"Original, spooky and clever, this thriller is utterly compelling. ***** " - Closer Magazine

"This beautiful yet haunting debut novel describes the emotionally fraught and, at times, terrifying journey of two sisters and the ties that bind them." – Best Magazine

'Thrilling' US Vanity Fair

'…A psychological murder mystery written with a literary flair. .' - Vanity Fair. com (US)

"Her journey toward finding out the truth makes for a creepy, moving story with, of course, a twist in the tail. Lupton's use of the second person as Bee addresses Tess throughout pays off, creating a strong sense of their sisterly bond" Diva Magazine

"The term “page-turner” is undoubtedly used much too often to describe a gripping novel of suspense, but Sister, a terrific debut by British author Rosamund Lupton, certainly fits the bill. And more than that, it’s a poignant and perceptive depiction of the emotional bonds between two sisters…a superb thriller, full of twists and turns, false leads and a surprise ending—all seamlessly woven into a touching story of a sisterly bond that one imagines closely matches that of the talented first-time author and her own (still very much alive) sister." - Book Page [USA]

'Notable for its unusual voice and "Oh God, I have to talk to someone about this now" ..' The Independent

"A knockout, one of the most inventive crime-fiction novels to come along in a decade" The Star, Canada

"This beautiful yet haunting debut novel describes the emotionally fraught and, at times, terrifying journey of two sisters and the ties that bind them" Bella

"A skillfully wrought psychological thriller" Kirkus

’What a pleasure to read a gripping psychological mystery written with such quality of style .' ABC Radio, Sydney.

"Beautifully written with an unexpected twist at the end…Thriller fans will eagerly await Lupton's next book." – Library Journal, [USA] starred review

"[An] unusual and searing debut." Publisher's Weekly [USA], starred review

"This excellent debut novel is deceptive – it leads you gently by the hand before taking you on a thrilling roller coaster ride full of unexpected twists and turns that leave you momentarily floored before plunging back in for more."  Candis Magazine

“Rosamund Lupton's debut novel is a winner, as worth reading for its psychological intensity as it is for its mystery plot, not to mention the genuinely surprising twist near the end… Convincing and truly poignant..” BookReporter.com

"A  riveting and moving tale" Houston Chronicle

"A psychological murder mystery written with literary flair" – ABC Brisbane

“An outstanding debut novel..It seems wrong to describe a thriller as being elegantly written with sincere emotion, but that is really a surprising description of this fine piece of fiction." Daily Herald

"A chilling debut…that recalls the wicked charms of both Patricia Highsmith and Kate Atkinson." Barnes & Noble

.".with literary poise, the novel merits a tide of sought-after descriptors: gripping, perplexing, moving, and unexpectedly, inspiring." The Bay City Times

" a fantastic book… We loved the way Lupton took risks in her storytelling" She Reads Book Club column
 

Afterwards

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'Compulsive' - Independent

"Wickedly Good" - The Seattle Times

'Compelling' - Daily Mail

'Searing' – Daily Mirror

'Gripping'- the New York Times

'Insight and Gusto' – The Guardian

'Beautiful' – We Love This Book

'Uncompromising' - Jeffery Deaver

'Stunning' – Glamour

'Chillingly Good' – Red

'Extraordinary'  - The Mail On Sunday

‘Superb’ – Publishers Weekly USA

'Stellar' – Booklist USA

'Riveting' – Library Journal, USA

"A bold, impossible-to-categorize, and riveting blend of psychological suspense, literary thriller and the paranormal…How Lupton pulls this off, making it believable even to this skeptical reviewer, is a wonder.Like the author's remarkable debut, "Sister," a major subtext here is the all-powerful tug of family bonds. "Afterwards" proves that Lupton isn't just good — she's wickedly good." The Seattle  Times

“I became insanely gripped…The word ‘compelling’ is used lightly of mystery and crime novels – this one will define it for you." – the Daily Mail

‘There are so many twists, turns and heartbreaks in this tragic, tense novel” USA TODAY

'In Afterwards, we see a master's touch on every page. Uncompromising emotional impact, a poet’s sonorous style and a gripping story all come together to make this a transcendent literary experience. I guarantee this novel will touch everyone' – Jeffery Deaver

‘Extraordinary…heart-stopping.’– the Mail on Sunday

“Superb… The uncommon but convincing narrative technique, adroit twists, and memorable characters combine to provide a wise and poignant portrait of a family confronted with malice and heartbreaking decisions’ Publishers Weekly, USA, starred and boxed review

"…a taut and sinewy narrative…masterful pacing and a highly charged atmosphere…a stellar sophomore effort.' Booklist starred review

'In a Lovely Bones-style conceitLupton works her theme of the corrosive effects of ambition with  insight and gusto.' - The Guardian

‘ Lupton pushes the boundaries of our imagination with the manner in which the mystery is solved, creating a stunningly good read that’s impossible to second-guess. A literary crime novel that’s as clever in its premise as it is well written.’ Glamour

'A wonderful mix of smart thriller with tear-provoking literature.. Lupton has written a riveting story that will resonate with readers long after they have turned the last page' Library Journal USA, starred review

“Rosamund Lupton’s first novel Sister was the fastest-selling debut by a British author, which could arguably have been a hard act for her to follow. In Afterwards we have an equally stunning second novel, beautifully crafted and utterly engaging.” We Love This Book  - the magazine from The Bookseller.

'Chillingly good' – Red magazine

'Searing emotion with page-turning plotting' Daily Mirror

'Viscerally affecting' Easy Living

'The smartly crafted characters create an addictive whodunit…[it] flits between a fast-paced criminal investigation and the beautifully written musings of Grace as she hears that she and Jenny will probably never wake up making this an unmissable read.' – Heat magazine – 5 stars.

" Loved The Time Traveller’s Wife? Well this is even better." Company Magazine

'Compulsive reading …  compelling.'  She Magazine Book of  The Month

"Her first novel, Sister, was a stonking success, but Afterwards might well surpass it." Good Housekeeping

'This is a startlingly original book…Part magic realism, part mystery – this is a gripping and powerful read .' News talk Radio – New Zealand

'Lupton's dexterity at handling the subplots and possible suspects is dazzling…[she] creates such lovely, believable feelings in all of her characters, ..that what's ostensibly a supernatural story feels very, very human.'Oprah. com

'Lupton's dexterity at handling the subplots and possible suspects is dazzling…[she] creates such lovely, believable feelings in all of her characters, ..that what's ostensibly a supernatural story feels very, very human.'Oprah. com

"The absorbing storyline will have you up till the small hours. It’s a book you’ll want discuss with friends and think about for days to come….. Characters in Afterwards are all given a life of their own, and no assumption is left unturned. The best novels communicate extraordinary themes through ordinary settings…." NZ Woman's Weekly

“A full-throttle psychological thriller, ring-fenced by a mother’s love…With each turn of the page, Lupton seems to add another element and motive to the mix…This compulsive read confirms Lupton’s instinctive commercial flair.” Kirkus

"A stunning surreal novel…perhaps best described as a ghost story intermingled with a fast-paced literary investigation. An addictive affair..that will get you talking and will stay with you long after the last page…a masterpiece. " Harrogate international festivals book club

"With an out-of-body experience at the centre of this ingenious tale, Lupton has surpassed the excellence of her first novel, Sister. This is highly compulsive" Sarah Broadhurst, Love Reading

“Afterwards is an exceptional literary thriller that resonates with depth and despair. It’s got it all: a gripping plot with twists and turns, a horrific crime, and a beautiful love story layered into the fine fabric of a family, who are torn apart by a devastating betrayal.” Chevy Sevens, New York Times best selling author.

"An intricately plotted combination of thriller, speculative fiction and mother-daughter celebration..the rich emotional topography is the most spell-binding feature in 'Afterwards' –  Shelf Awareness USA

"This may be the world’s first out-of-body whodunit and, improbable though it sounds, it is excellent." The Star.com Canada

"This book is full of poetic touches that illuminate setting, character and plot. Who dunnit? Who cares when we have such delicately shaded personalities and emotional conflicts to savour?..Afterwards is a novel full of unexpected pleasures." Macleans – Canada

Chosen by Amazon as a top ten best books of 2011. Chosen by Waterstones as a best book for 2011. Chosen by New Zealand readers as a top 100 book of all time.

“Readers who fell in love with British author Rosamund Lupton's powerful 2011 novel, Sister, will be equally smitten with Afterwards, as much an homage to the mother-daughter relationship as it is a crime novel…There are so many twists, turns and heartbreaks in this tragic, tense novel.” —USA Today

“A bold, impossible-to-categorize, and riveting blend of psychological suspense, literary thriller and the paranormal…Afterwards proves that Lupton isn't just good — she's wickedly good." —Seattle Times

“A gripping novel.” —New York Times Book Review

“Lupton’s finely wrought portrait of motherly love is genuinely moving.” —Boston Globe

“It is difficult to decide what to praise most highly in Afterwards. Should it be the people who live and breathe on these pages? The perfect pacing of the plot? The intriguing who-done-it puzzle? The ticking-clock urgency of Grace's quest to help her children? All of these elements work together in this marvelous page-turner, surely destined for many "Best Of" lists.” —Book Reporter

“Lupton's dexterity at handling the subplots and possible suspects is dazzling… Lupton creates such lovely, believable feelings in all of her characters…that what's ostensibly a supernatural story feels very, very human.” —Oprah.com

“Excellent and full of plot twists.” —The Daily American (Pennsylvania)

“This may be the world’s first out-of-body whodunit…It is excellent.” —Toronto Star

“It's hard to come up with enough superlatives to do justice to Afterwards, a brilliant mystery where the two key investigators are both in a coma… As in Sister, the story centers on love and fear for loved ones, but this time it is a fierce maternal love… Rush out to get a copy – and add Sister too if you haven't discovered it yet. They are both brilliant reads.” —Bookloons.com

“Lupton’s superb follow-up to Sister…The uncommon but convincing narrative technique, adroit twists, and memorable characters combine to provide a wise and poignant portrait of a family confronted with malice and heartbreaking decisions.” —Publishers Weekly, starred and boxed review

“Lupton takes her readers on a totally harrowing ride as she melds a suspenseful procedure with an emotionally fraught drama. Within a taut and sinuous narrative, heartbreak over a broken family vies with fear that the arsonist will return…Masterful pacing and a highly charged atmosphere combine to make this an exceptionally gripping read.” —Booklist, starred review

“Lupton has written a riveting story that will resonate with readers long after they have turned the last page.” —Library Journal, starred review

“A full-throttle psychological thriller, ring-fenced by a mother’s love…With each turn of the page, Lupton seems to add another element and motive to the mix…This compulsive read confirms Lupton’s instinctive commercial flair.” —Kirkus

“Rosamund Lupton (Sister) offers up an intricately plotted combination of thriller, speculative fiction and mother-daughter celebration in Afterwards…Lupton delivers a top-notch mystery with red herrings galore; even the most seasoned mystery reader will do a double-take at the arsonist's identity. However, the rich emotional topography is the most spellbinding feature in Afterwards…Readers are encouraged to grab a box of Kleenex, put Mom on speed dial and discover what comes afterwards.” —Shelf Awareness

“Afterwards is an exceptional literary thriller that resonates with depth and despair. It’s got it all: a gripping plot with twists and turns, a horrific crime, and a beautiful love story layered into the fine fabric of a family, who are torn apart by a devastating betrayal.” — Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of Still Missing and Never Knowing

“In Afterwards, we see a master's touch on every page. Uncompromising emotional impact, a poet’s sonorous style and a gripping story all come together to make this a transcendent literary experience. I guarantee this novel will touch everyone.” —Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author of Carte Blanche and Edge

“Brilliantly conceived and executed, Afterwards asks a mother's most terrifying question: what if your children were in mortal danger and you were unable to do a thing to save them? It's a heartbreaking and fearless journey that proves once again: Rosamund Lupton is truly a force to be reckoned with.” – Carla Buckley, author of The Things That Keep Us Here