Afterwards published in USA
Afterwards was published in hardback in the USA on 24th April and the reception has been amazing.
- The New York Times
– Publishers Weekly
– Library Journal,
– The Seattle Times
An Amazon editor's choice for April
"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
“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
‘There are so many twists, turns and heartbreaks in this tragic, tense novel” USA Today
“..considerable pluck & ingenuity..A gripping novel” New York Times
"…a taut and sinewy narrative…masterful pacing and a highly charged atmosphere…a stellar sophomore effort.' Booklist starred review
'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"
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
'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
"This may be the world’s first out-of-body whodunit and, improbable though it sounds, it is excellent." The Star.com Canada
Please also see UK and international reviews of 'Afterwards'
- Named Number Two in Amazon UK’s Top Ten Books of the Year
- A Sunday Times bestseller
- The second biggest selling fiction title of 2011 in the UK as listed by The Sunday Times
Chosen by New Zealand readers as a top 100 book of all time
Translated into 22 foreign languages
'Sister' published in USA.
Rosamund Lupton's debut novel, Sister, was published in the US in hardcover on June 7th 2011 by Crown Books. The paperback edition was released in the USA on the 20th of December 2011.
"Part Literary Fiction, part crime novel..
The climactic plot twist..is sure to prompt much heated discussion among readers"
- O, the Oprah Magazine, named a 'Brilliant Beach Read;
"A remarkable piece of Work"
- The Seattle Times
"Like Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendel,
Lupton builds suspense…[providing] an adrenaline rush that could cause a chill on the sunniest afternoon"
- The New York Times Book Review
"Fast-paced, absurdly entertaining..”
"You'll relish every twist and turn"
“…With "Sister", Lupton who has a long history as a scriptwriter, 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
“Murder mystery? Psychological thriller? Medical-ethical treatise? Yes to all, but so much more, too. Finally, the category doesn’t matter nearly as much as the fact that Lupton’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. - The Book List – starred review
'Sister' selected by New York TImes as editor's first choice Sunday June 12th.
Sister chosen by O, The Oprah Magazine to be in their July “Reading Room” and O's 2011 Summer Reading List
An excerpt from Sister chosen to be in the launch of O, The Oprah Magazine, iPad app.
Rosamund invited to be on the critically acclaimed Diane Rehm radio show on June 6th, which will be broadcast across the country.
Sister chosen for the June Indie Next List, Great Reads.
US Good Housekeeping selected Sister for ‘Good Reads’, calling it “Taut and Tingling”.
Sister included in Vanity Fair’s ‘Hot Type’ section – “ thrilling”.
‘Sister’ receives starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, the Library Journal and Booklist.
'Sister' selected as one of Amazon's books of the month for June.
Readers are being offered the opportunity to get an American galleys through the website ‘GoodReads’. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9216980-sister.
Rosamund talks to the Daily Beast http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-06-07/sisterly-love/!
Rosamund talks to Vanity Fair: http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2011/06/qa-rosamund-lupton-on-her-new-psychological-thriller-sister.html
Rosamund blogs on 'Mystery Fanfare': http://mysteryreadersinc.blogspot.com/!
[Please see Reviews section for all the UK and USA reviews]
"Truly marvellous! As compelling as it is stylish, Sister exists in that rare place where crime fiction and literature coincide" - Jeffery Deaver
“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
"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
"Beautifully written with an unexpected twist at the end…Thriller fans will eagerly await Lupton's next book." – Library Journal, starred revie
"[An] unusual and searing debut." Publisher's Weekly, starred review
Rosamund Lupton's 'Sister' Is Compelling Thriller …part literary fiction, part crime novel — received rave reviews upon its release in the U.K. last fall, and "Sister" will no doubt receive a similar reception in the U.S. It's intensely written both in terms of its suspense and its study, however one-sided, of the bonds of sisterhood… The air of legal testimony that Beatrice's story takes on allows the climactic plot twist to sneak in under the radar. It is a truly shocking moment, and one that is sure to prompt much heated discussion among readers - ABC News
'You'll relish every twist and turn." People
"Taut and tingling" Good Housekeeping
"Both beautiful and suspenseful, Sister is an absolutely stunning debut. The ending will leave you reeling." – Alafair Burke, author of 'Long Gone'
"Poignant and thrilling, this clever debut explores the fascinating bond between sisters and haunts you with the power of their love" – Chevy Stevens, New York Times bestselling author of 'Still Missing.'
"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
‘You’ll relish every twist and turn’ People Magazine – Great Summer Reads
"It's easy to see why Rosamund Lupton's "Sister" has done well in her native England. It's a remarkable piece of work…Lupton shrewdly and compassionately peels back the story's rich layers, slowly uncovering details of Tess' complex life, examining tangled mother-daughter connections, and providing a genuinely wicked sting at the end. But the key to "Sister" is Bee's voice: clear, strong, single-minded, and not to be denied. The Seattle Times http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2015267770_adam12.html?prmid=head_main
“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
"Lupton enters the highly charged ring where the best psychological detective writers spar… Like Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith and Ruth Rendell… Both tear-jerking and spine-tingling, SISTER provides an adrenaline rush that could cause a chill on the sunniest afternoon." –The New York Times Book Review
“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