The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain; publishing October 2014 by St. Martin’s Press
Opening line: “I’d never expected to lose nearly everyone I loved by the time I was twenty-five.”
Riley returns to her hometown after her father’s death to take care of his estate. Her brother is living on a plot of land suffering from PTSD and will not help her, so she tackles going through their childhood home by herself and discovers some secrets not just about her father, but about her sister, Lisa, who she thought had committed suicide when she was two.
Small bits and pieces of the truth are shared throughout the book, like breadcrumbs dropped for the reader to find. There are flashbacks to Lisa’s life—what it was like to be a child prodigy violinist with a demanding teacher. This is one book that I really hesitate to say too much about, because IT IS SO GOOD. Suffice it to say that I was consistently surprised and Diane Chamberlain had me riveted at every point.
The truth, when we do learn it, is shocking and Riley must make a decision about how to live her life going forward, now that she knows the past.
And I will definitely be reading more Diane Chamberlain in the future. I’ve seen her work in many places, but just hadn’t made it a priority. I will certainly do so next time.
Recommend? Absolutely. I would let you borrow mine, but I have an e-copy.
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