The Silent Sister

The Silent Sister

Book - 2014
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"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"--
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Press,, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250010711
Branch Call Number: FIC CHAM
Characteristics: 346 pages ; 25 cm


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Feb 13, 2020

The first part of this book wasn’t bad. Riley figuring out how to deal with her father’s house and belongings was a familiar story to me. Lisa starting a new life as a young girl on her own was interesting. Past that point I found the story weak and not very exciting.

Nov 22, 2018

A family saga: interesting premise: themes: love, loss, grief, betrayal, redemption: murder, abandonments: all of it comes together-ultimately, the ending was predictable: all this being said, I enjoyed it

Oct 19, 2018

I couldn't put this book down. Great story of secrets in a family that will tear them apart. I sister that is lost in her own world to save herself and be happy when the rest of the family is in despair for years over what the sister has done. I would recommend this book to anyone.

Oct 18, 2018

I guessed correctly at some of the twists and turns, but enjoyed the characters and and variety of personalities and the inner workings of the minds of those that were a result of traumas they had experienced.

ArapahoeDianeM Aug 18, 2018

A young woman goes to her family home, after her Father passes. While going through lots of "stuff" --- she discovers "things" that lead her to believe that there are family secrets she knows nothing about, especially her older sister. She begins her journey to search and discover what is going on; what is true; what are lies & who she can trust. There are a lot of twists and turns; major drama & there is a surprise ending. Very Good, keeps you interested until the last chapter.

Mar 12, 2018

I love reading novels about real-life issues where characters develop as they deal with these issues. This one is well-written; I came to care about the main characters, felt their fears, longings, pain, etc.. The plot seems simple at first, but gets intricately complicated, and then resolved as the characters learn about themselves and each other.

Feb 26, 2018

I enjoyed this book. I found myself wanting to find out what happened.

Warning!! There's a comment with one star who gives away a big part of the book.

Feb 03, 2018

Good mystery. Thought that you got a good understanding of the main three characters - Lisa gone from everyone's life - Riley the sister trying to piece together her family after her father's death - Danny the brother who suffered from a lose in Iraq and in his life when his older sister disappears. Story told through the the two women. Good read that keeps your interest. I have now read two of her books and hope to go back and read the rest. So worth your time.

Jan 09, 2017

Whoa! This is a mystery with a lot of twists and turns. You’ve got to read the entire book to figure out what really happened. This is probably the best mystery of 2016 that I’ve read.

Jul 18, 2016

Until I saw this book at the Library (Large Print Section), I had never before come across Diane Chamberlain. Up front: the book is slow starting and I thought "Oh no, not another angst story" but then it splits off between the two main characters and it was riveting. You already know the sister is alive by the first page (no spoiler alert needed) but what happened to set things in motion makes this a real page turner. I can't wait to read more of her novels.

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