This is my first time reading one of Chamberlain's books. The story is pretty interesting! This book covers major themes of mystery (life of an runaway), family troubles, murder, and love. Good book!
I was hooked from the get-go. The story is very intriguing. None of the surprises were all that surprising, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of the book.
For the record: I see the book is classified as romance. I think that's an error. There's not even a romantic subplot (which I appreciate, but for those looking for romance, you won't find it here).
I did not like this as much as Chamberlain's other novels. Lisa's story was so cliché that it was predictable. The story is worth the time, though, as Chamberlain's writing is consistently good.
She doesn't write badly - just simply. The plot isn't bad - just simplistic. The whole thing was so easy to figure out that by page 50 I could predict the relationships & results. One thing which bothered me is that it read exactly like a romance novel, only the romance didn't involve the main character and there wasn't any strong male character. Really a woman's book. It's not that I didn't enjoy parts of it, it's that I felt like I'd lost many hours of my life on what is essentially a 2nd rate 'Lifetime' movie. The number of times that some small part of the story was revealed & our heroine then dashed off to tell X, and then phoned Y, and then responded to Z, and then went back to talk to Y again, who send her to X...I think you get the idea. Not offensive, not boring exactly, just pointless.
I thought this was very bland writing, none of the characters are likable AT ALL!
The story just plods along and I kept waiting for something to jolt me into 'wow' but nothing and I mean nothing like that happens at all
It doesn't take long to figure out the main secret of the sister but the Riley character? dumb so dumb, she let's people just walk all over her and she doesn't have a backbone of any kind?
Just not on my list as being a good book
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.
This book hooked me from the start and kept me twisting and turning until the very end. Riley MacPherson's life is not what she thought it was. After her father's death, Riley comes to understand that her whole life has been a lie. Deep family secrets come to light and she is desperately trying to uncover the truth. I found the characters to be intriguing but most of them were hard to like. The plot was very engrossing and it was hard to breakaway from this book until you found out all the secrets and followed Riley until she found her sister. The book is full of surprise after surprise and Diane Chamberlain did an excellent job pacing them throughout. I look forward to reading another book of hers and highly recommend this book to those who love books about family secrets.
Diane Chamberlain weaves such a well layered and compelling storyline in The Silent Sister that even its most predictable plot twists can easily be forgiven.
I found myself emotionally engaged with Riley MacPherson's search for answers after the death of her father. So much so that I was able to overlook my early annoyance at how convenient her naivety seemed to the storyline. But by the end, I felt the characters and situation were developed well enough to pull it off. After all, Riley was pretty young and completely blindsided by the turn of events.
The story left me wanting more. A spin-off featuring Danny MacPherson, whose soul just begged to be healed! Good read. Can't wait to get lost in the next DC novel.