The Silent sister.
Publisher: St. Martin's Pres
Publication Date:October 7,2014
Format|Pages: Paperback ARC| 352
Source: Goodreads| Won In Giveaway.
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.
There is something about Diane Chamberlain books, something magical. Ever since I came across her books few years earlier, there hasn’t been a single book that I didn’t love. The Silent Sister wasn’t any different and I was very excited when I won ARC copy from Goodreads First Reads Giveaway. This book was a bit different that how usually Chamberlain wrote books in the past but I was pulled in from first page till the last. Way that Chamberlain started the novel; it would make anyone curious, especially if you are in mystery. I was. I wondered what happened, why she did what she thought she did, and did she really kill someone? How can that not have you curious? I believe that The Silent Sister was the most mystery, suspense filled novel. It’s a novel that will keep you up late at night, because you want to find out what will happen next.
Having book from two different perspectives worked well for this type of storyline. That way you got to know both Riley & Jade. I thought it was unique approach that she did Riley’s point of view from Present and Jade, right after she faked the suicide. From prologue I did wonder what she was thinking, and what happened with her Violin teacher is the truth, felt like there was more story there. Most of the book I kept on wondering what happened. Once the truth came out I could see why she did it, to protect Riley. When I found out what happened, I felt anger towards him. All this years he had been hurting her, making her feel scared instead of doing his job. I wished that Lisa had courage to tell someone, and maybe everything that happened could be avoided. It kept you on the edge, up till the end.
There were quite few twists within the book, unexpected ones. One that took me by surprise the most was fact that Riley was Lisa/ Jade’s daughter instead of sister, despite the huge age gap between the two of them, I had never put the two together. The discovery took me a back, I was in shock just like Riley been. I couldn’t blame her considering that she thought she was her sister for so many years. There were so many secrets that were kept from her, it’s no wonder that she felt betrayed, I would too if I was in her situation. I wonder if she would forgive her, given her another chance if Celia didn’t come by and tell her the truth, what happened. There were so many emotions going through this book. So much mystery. I felt every emotion that the character felt. It’s a book that worth checking out. Another great Chamberlain creation, can’t wait see what she comes up with next.