The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

The Silent Sister

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Traveling With T was sent this book for review consideration.

The Silent Sister

Riley’s life is crummy right now. Her dad has recently passed away, her mother died a few years ago, and her brother is alive- but so badly scarred from his battles with life- he is unable to help Riley with their father’s estate. Riley feels alone. Lost. And wonders how she is going to handle everything. Poor Riley- life is about to get way more confusing.

All Riley’s life, she has been told that her older sister, Lisa, is not alive. While the details have beenΒ  scant, Riley has had no reason to not trust her parents. After all, they are her parents and they love her- they wouldn’t lie to her about something like this.

But during the process of cleaning out her father’s house- Riley begins to find things that do not make sense. Could Lisa be alive? And if so, why did she pretend to commit suicide? More cleaning of the house answers at least one of those questions- but leaves Riley with many more.

THE SILENT SISTER is filled with secrets. Secrets. Secrets. Secrets. And when all these secrets start to be revealed- things go BOOM.


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

So for the past 3 weeks, I have been living and breathing The Silent Sister due to the discussion Deep South Magazine and I have been having- so, you would think this review would be easy to write, right? WRONG. There are so many secrets- and I don’t want to spoil them for ya’ll so I’m stepping carefully in this review- afraid if I don’t watch out- I’ll make a secret go boom!

The Good:

Diane Chamberlain told a story that kept me flipping pages as fast as I could to find out all the details. I was enjoying the story, I was in the story- it was something that just kind of washed over me and took me for a ride. So kudos for that.

The Not So Good:

Everyone that I have been talking to really enjoyed all the secrets and twists- and they were good (well, bad- but good for shock and awe)…. EXCEPT, I figured out one pretty early- and then I pieced together the rest. So, by the time Part 3 rolled around, I was still enjoying it- but there was none of this OMG, I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS, throw the book on the ground and dance around in excitement moment at the big reveals. I hate that. Is this Diane’s fault? Not really. I mean, she did tip her hand a bit early on one clue- but she couldn’t have known that I would have figured out everything from that one tip.

So, do I recommend this book? Yes. I just say to you to just read- don’t think about the book- just read it. Trust me. Let the book entertain you!

This is my first Diane Chamberlain book and based on my enjoyment level of THE SILENT SISTER, I will def look for more Diane books to read.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T from St. Martin’s Press for review consideration. It’s also one of the She Reads Books of Fall.


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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15 thoughts on “The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

  1. ondbookshelf says:

    I really enjoyed this book, and I didn’t figure out any of the spoilers until they were revealed (hmmm…..don’t know if that says anything good about my non-sleuth-abilty!). I’ve read several of Diane’s books (she is local to me and does author events at my Indie bookstore). Necessary Lies is another good one, with a troubling medical practice I didn’t know anything about.

  2. I wouldn’t say I’d figured out the whole secret in advance, but I definitely wasn’t shocked either. This was a decent read, but definitely a bit predictable for a book whose sole focus is the big reveal of a secret.

    • You put into words how I felt. Like I really enjoyed the story- she was a good story teller- BUT how everyone was talking about the BOOM BIG SECRETS & how they were surprised/shocked- I totally did not feel that way b/c I had guessed everything. But still, her voice made the book enjoyable to me.

  3. Melissa says:

    I love stories like this. I don’t have to worry about figuring it out early, I’m like ondbookshelf! I couldn’t even figure out Murder She Wrote! . I was always shocked!!

  4. Oh this is one I have wanted to read for a while now….just finished The Dance Begins, and I want to read Pretending to Dance. Another really good one was Necessary Lives, love Diane’s writing. I am so excited about your review, I can’t wait to read this and see if I pick up on a clue like you did T!

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