Author: Diane Chamberlain
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publication Date: 7th October 2014
Book Source: St Martins Press & NetGalley
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.
It's no secret I'm a huge fan of Diane Chamberlain's writing and I jumped at the opportunity to read The Silent Sister. And in part it didn't disappoint; The Silent Sister was a compelling, twisty read, a difficult one to put down, but the ending was just too 'pat' for me taking the shine off an otherwise gripping read.
It's a story about the destructive nature of secrets; a dysfunctional family, a life built on secrets and lies ... the damage caused and scars left. When Riley cleans out her father's home following his death, tidying up her father's estate becomes a search for truth.
You know from reading the synopsis Riley's sister Lisa is alive. Clues are drip-fed to the reader, but in such a way you're impatient and twitchy for the next, then a few unlikable characters muddy the plot further.
However once the pieces of the jigsaw fit together and you see the final picture, well there's nothing wrong with that picture but the ending ... it just felt 'meh'. Not predictable ... more like; really. is that it? but what about? ...
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