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Kat's Review of The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

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Diane Chamberlain The Silent SIsterMy Rating: 4/5

Availability: Hardback, Audio, Paperback (15.01.15), Kindle, Kobo and Nook

Synopsis: WHAT IF EVERYTHING YOU BELIEVED TURNED OUT TO BE A LIE? Riley MacPherson is returning to her childhood home in North Carolina. A place that holds cherished memories. While clearing out the house she finds a box of old newspaper articles - and a shocking family secret begins to unravel. Riley has spent her whole life believing that her older sister Lisa died tragically as a teenager. But now she's starting to uncover the truth: her life has been built on a foundation of lies, told by everyone she loved. 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 tries to separate reality from fiction, her discoveries call into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Can she find the strength inside herself to decide her future.

My Review:  Riley MacPherson is the lead in this latest release from Diane Chamberlain. Riley is making her way back to North Carolina to sort out her father’s house shortly after he passes away. Whilst she is there she tries to communicate more with her elder brother Danny, who is practically a recluse. Having served and been severely injured in the war, Danny is a very difficult character to read. Riley’s elder sister Lisa is something of a taboo subject. All Riley grew up knowing was that her oldest sibling had committed suicide. However, when she starts organising things at her Dad’s house, she starts to realise that wasn’t the case.

Riley soon starts to uncover many secrets and the biggest one would be that her sister may still be alive. I wouldn’t say I instantly liked Riley, but her and her brother Danny were intriguing and made me want to read about them more. Like many others their family was a dysfunctional one and I wanted Danny and Riley to talk again. The story shows early on that there are many layers to the various stories and each one brings another emotional dilemma.

The really nice thing that I loved about this book was that nothing is ‘prettied up’, neither is it written without empathy. I really felt for the various situations Riley found herself in. There is also an extremely subtle thread of imminent danger to various characters which made the story that little bit more edgy. DC is also not afraid to touch on subjects that aren’t always easy to discuss, but does so with her beautiful writing skill in a way which is just perfect for the storyline. It was certainly a book that I didn’t want to put down that’s for sure. There was only one minor thing which threw it away from a 5 star read and that was the ending. Although I have since thought about it and I’m not sure any other ending would have fitted any better. I think the position Riley finds herself in the very end is just a sad ending maybe (I’m still not sure why I felt like that). Aside from that another wonderfully captivating read from Diane Chamberlain.

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