Rosamund Lupton’s debut novel features Beatrice ‘Bee’ Hemming who receives a phone call from her mother in London following her younger sister Tess’ disappearance. Beatrice leaves on the next flight from the United States where she is usually based. The story begins in the form of a letter from Beatrice to Tess. Beatrice informs Tess about the events following her disappearance and finding out information she did not previously know. When Tess’ body is found with her wrists slit, the police and the coroner believe Tess committed suicide following the loss of her baby who was stillborn. Bee’s mother and fiance Todd believe this too but Bee refuses to believe that Tess would take her own life given that she values living. However convincing everyone else is a different matter altogether.
Bee begins by suspecting almost everyone. The father of Tess’ dead child Emilio who wanted nothing to do with Tess or the baby. The boy in her art class, Simon who was obsessed with her and in love with her. The psychiatrist of briefly saw her following the death of the baby. The staff at St. Anne’s hospital where Tess underwent a trial for a cystic fibrosis cure. The founder of the cystic fibrosis trial and the organisation. Everyone. Hence coming across as almost emotionally unstable herself to the police who have given up the case.
The book follows Beatrice’s journey in uncovering the truth and trying to convince non-believers that her sister would not commit suicide and instead was murdered. She reveals step by step how she comes to the conclusion of who the murderer is. From the onset, the reader is informed that the murderer has been caught. But we don’t know who the murderer is and Beatrice takes us through to that conclusion. It’s a good debut effort but I was able to pick who the murderer was about three-quarters of the way through. There are little hints on the way that would help you probably figure it out as well. A light read if you are interested in crime fiction and also an interesting look at sibling relationships and responsibility in relationships.
I rate it a 3.
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