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The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

The Silent SisterThe Secret Sister. Finished 10-13-14. rating 4.25/5, fiction, 343 pages, pub. 2014

In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager.  Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary.  Lisa is alive.  Alive and living under a new identity.  But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?  As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family.  Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing mystery from international bestselling author Diane Chamberlain.

from Goodreads

I received this from the publisher courtesy of She Reads and it’s the first book I’ve read by Chamberlain.  I’m so glad I discovered another great author!  This book was addicting right from the very first page and I was always looking for a spare minute to read it.

Riley felt lost and abandoned when her father died. She had a brother, but he was fighting his own battles and wanting to relive the past talking about their dad was not something he was willing to do.  Riley started taking care of her father’s estate and made some weird discoveries causing her realize how little she really knew about his life.  I felt for Riley but it was really the secrets that kept me reading.  Yes, Riley was alone (ish) after losing a sister and both of her parents but there was a woe-is-me attitude about her that rubbed me the wrong way at times.

I was invested in Riley’s story and then we switch to Lisa’s and I was disappointed at first, but as the book progressed it worked.  Where Riley felt somewhat entitled to me, Lisa did not.  Lisa, a girl what had been caught in a hard place and only the love of her father gave her a chance at a life, was such an interesting character.  She made such a rich life for herself, with purpose and people, and it was impossible not to like her.

Obviously, I really liked this one.  It didn’t finish as strong as it started, but it was a great ride.


October 28, 2014 - Posted by | 4 1/2 Star Books |


  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Stacy! I also read, reviewed and enjoyed this book. I’ve read Ms. Chamberlain’s books over the years since way back when. You might want to look for some of her older titles in the library and see if you like her style 🙂

    Comment by My Home of Books (@duffygal777) | October 28, 2014 | Reply

  2. I have this on my library’s tbr list. Glad to know you liked it!

    Comment by Vicki | October 28, 2014 | Reply

  3. This does sound good. I haven’t given this author a try before, but I’ve heard of her. You’ve got me wanting to know what the secrets are!

    Comment by Literary Feline | October 28, 2014 | Reply

  4. A weak ending always disappoints me but I can live with a weak beginning. Chamberlain came here for an event but I couldn’t go. I ordered a book but haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet.

    Comment by BermudaOnion | October 28, 2014 | Reply

  5. Glad you liked this one. I have yet to read it. She is one of my favorite authors. You’ll enjoy her backlist.

    Comment by Nise' (Under the Boardwalk) | October 29, 2014 | Reply

  6. This was a 5 star review for me. I also had the pleasure of meeting Diane on book launch day!

    Comment by ondbookshelf | October 30, 2014 | Reply

  7. I enjoyed your review Stacy. I’m glad you enjoyed this. I enjoyed it as well.

    Comment by Pat @ Posting For Now | October 31, 2014 | Reply

  8. Even though I didn’t care for this one as much as you, I do believe Chamberlain is a good writer. We definitely agree there. 🙂

    Comment by Thoughts of Joy | May 16, 2015 | Reply

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