The Silent Sister – Book Review

by Diane Chamberlain


The Silent Sister book coverPublication Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, First Editon
Paperback: 513 Pages

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 New York Times bestselling mystery from Diane Chamberlain.


Extraordinary! The Silent Sister is such a great twisty and engrossing story. Told from alternate POVs and dual timeline, the narration follows Riley and Lisa’s stories.

Riley is dealing with all the bureaucracy tasks after his father’s death. This includes selling the family house and saying goodbye to the most important place of her childhood memories, but she also needs to take care of her brother, a veteran who is now living a solitary life in the woods.

With a turn of the events, Riley’s plans change, and as she finds evidence of an unclear situation her father might be involved in. The only way to find the truth is to start digging in the past which hides painful secrets and lost memories.

Then with a flashback, we get to know how Lisa’s choices affected her family’s life and how terrified she was, facing a situation too complex for a teenager.

But while the present needs answers, the past needs to stay hidden.

With a great narrative, well-developed characters and incredible twist and turns, Diane Chamberlain created a story that definitely keeps the readers on the edge of their seat.

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