Rosamund Lupton’s bestselling thriller Sister was a huge hit among RIFers, and we’re delighted to share her new novel, Afterwards, with you. Visit our Read It First post on Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton and enter for your chance to win a copy of this highly anticipated follow-up. Be among the first to read Afterwards well before it lands in book stores on April 24, 2012.

Sister was an instant bestseller in the U.K. and quickly climbed the bestseller lists in the U.S. as well. The New York Times compared Rosamund Lupton to Kate Atkinson, Patricia Highsmith, and Ruth Rendell, and called Sister “both tear-jerking and spine-tingling.”

But don’t just take the New York Times’ word for it! We all know that a recommendation from a friend is the best way to find a great new read. Your fellow RIFers are smart, voracious readers like you, and they have great things to say about Sister. Here are some excerpts of just a few of the amazing reviews RIFers shared with us (click the RIFer’s name to read the full review).

“The love between Beatrice and Tess is so tangible. Sister had me guessing until the end. -Tammy H

“A deeply affecting and well-written tale that takes the reader step by step through one sister’s journey to find the truth and to find forgiveness. -LA Musing

“I admire the love between Beatrice and Tess as much as I do Lupton’s ability to convey it through her writing.” -Sylvia

“Written in the form of a letter to the narrator’s missing sister, Rosamund Lupton’s debut novel Sister is wonderfully written and very captivating. It works remarkably well on two separate levels. On the one hand, the book is a solid, fascinating thriller which kept me hooked as I tried to unearth the mystery. On the other, it is a beautiful, touching account of loss and the bonds of sisterhood and family.” -Betty-Anne

“This book was a fantastic read: well-written and suspenseful. It was hard to put down. The main characters were so well-developed that they made you care about them.” -Anne M

“What a powerful story of the bonds of sisterhood!” -Jennifer B

“Full of suspense: yes. Compelling: yes. And when I thought I had figured out the ‘twist,’ it twisted one last time and left me with my mouth hanging open and tears running down my cheeks. Nicely done indeed.” -Tina W

“Really didn’t want it to end and was twisted up in it as others have stated! Passed it on to two friends after I finished, and they loved reading it also.” -Barbara P

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rosamund-luptonROSAMUND LUPTON read English Literature at Cambridge University. After a variety of jobs in London, including copywriting and reviewing for the Literary Review, she was a winner of Carlton Television’s new writers’ competition and was selected by the BBC for a place on their new writers’ course. She was also invited to join the Royal Court Theatre’s writers group. Before becoming a novelist, she was a script-writer for television and film, writing original screenplays. Her debut novel, Sister, is now available in paperback. The highly anticipated follow-up, Afterwards, will be in book stores everywhere on April 24, 2012. She lives in London with her husband, two children and Tango, a large ginger cat.

Visit Rosamund on RosamundLupton.com and learn about her top 10 favorite books.

  • carla carlson

    I have just heard the buzz about Sister. All great things, I can’t wait until I get a copy

  • Alexiuse

    I can’t wait! I love books that can push me to shed a tear.

  • Lisa L

    Powerful! Twisting, turning, inside the lives and souls of The Sisters. Love it! Passed it on!