Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Silent Sister

The Silent Sister
by Diane Chamberlain

Genre: Mystery

Synopsis:  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.
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Review:  I picked up this book a while ago, read the first 10 or so pages and put it down and read several other books.  Then I returned to this book in the hopes that I would be more excited about the book.  I have to admit that it was hard to really lose myself in this book but I forced myself to keep reading because I generally enjoy Chamberlain's books.  Finally I became more invested in the story but it didn't take me a while.  I think my problem was that I didn't like any of the characters.  Riley was OK but I did not like her brother, Danny, has he seemed odd and very angry, not at all a loving brother.  The other side characters who come in contact with Riley were not portrayed well either.  Riley had uneasy feelings about them which made me not like them.  You ask then what kept me going.  Well, the mystery of finding out about Lisa's suicide, murder, disappearance, etc was compelling.  I wanted to know what really happened.  As you keep reading you get to know more and more of the truth about what happened and where Lisa has been for the last twenty-some years.  There was a lot lacking in the story to have me rate this book higher and I think it is entirely due to the likeableness of the characters.

Rating: 3 stars

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