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Book Review: The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain


The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

This is a riveting, page-turning book that packs an emotional punch. Reading a little like a murder mystery, Riley returns to her childhood home in North Carolina after her father dies. Her mother died years before, and she doesn’t remember her sister Lisa who committed suicide when she was a teenager. Riley was only two. Having only just broken up from her partner, she returns to the family home feeling very alone. Her only surviving family is her brother, an Iraqi veteran with problems of his own.

It is while Riley is clearing out the family home that she gets the shock of her life. She discovers a box of old newspaper clippings and learns that her sister Lisa was about to go on trial for murder before she died. A gifted violinist with a huge future ahead of her, Lisa shot and killed her music teacher, before tragically committing suicide. Was the shooting murder or an accident? But before Riley can think about that too much, she discovers information that her sister might be alive and living under a new identity. Riley resolves to find the truth, whatever the outcome…

Riley is the star of this highly accomplished novel. You feel her initial grief turn to pain and anger as she discovers she has been told one lie after another by her family. There is a palpable sense of her entire life being spun 180 degrees as she slowly uncovers one family secret after another. I loved this novel and couldn’t put it down. It was the perfect mix of family drama, intrigue and suspense.

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