People are always surprised to learn about the close relationship between Beatrice Hemming and her younger sister, Tess. After all, the age difference between them is five years --- too far apart to be true friends, right? What outsiders fail to understand, however, is the intensity of a sister relationship that grows only closer after tragedy. For there was a middle child --- a brother, Leo --- who had cystic fibrosis and died when he was still young. His illness and death, and their father's near-simultaneous disappearance from their lives, have left Bee and Tess an island of two survivors.
Rosamund Lupton's debut novel is a winner, as worth reading for its psychological intensity as