[Review] The Silent Sister

Posted 6 October, 2014 by DLWhite in Reviews, Writers Read 0 Comments

The Silent Sister Book Cover The Silent Sister
Diane Chamberlain
St. Martin's Press
October 7, 2014
NetGalley/St. Martin's Press

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.

What’d I think? I think this was a superb read! I say this every time I give a book five stars but I really so rarely do. There’s something about a book that makes me block out everything in space and time, forego food and other habits because I just can’t put it down. I NEED to know what happens.

The Silent Sister is vividly written, moderately paced. Parts of this story are told through Lisa’s POV, which was enlightening. Watching the details bob to the surface and the two POV’s dovetail to reveal the huge, devastating mystery was sheer entertainment.

Of all of the characters, I think I felt the most sympathy for Riley’s brother, Danny. Caught between the horrors of war and the tearing apart of his family, his anger and anxiety are palpable, his discomfort jumping off of the page. His deep love for his sister redeems his cold and calculating demeanor and his final act of love toward her was so benevolent, it brought tears to my eyes.

The Silent Sister was an excellent, perfect read. I really enjoyed it.

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