Despite the fact that I had only previously read only one book by this very prolific author – and didn’t particularly like it – I gave this one a try. I had read a series of books that didn’t satisfy. They were either extremely dull or extremely violent. Sometimes I can take a bit of violence; I can never take dullness.
I found The Silent Sister, by Diane Chamberlain, to be quite enjoyable. It was neither dull nor violent, though the story was action-packed. I’m not sure if I was just in the right mood for the story, but this was a book that, if it wasn’t true that I couldn’t put it down, I at least looked forward to picking it up and reading it.
The main character Riley’s sister Lisa supposedly committed suicide when she was a teenager, following the murder of her music teacher. Lisa was suspected of the crime; hence the suicide. Now, years later, Riley’s parents are both dead, and Riley finds herself going through their things to prepare the house for sale. In the process, she finds documents that suggest that Lisa is not, in fact dead at all, but merely living elsewhere under an assumed name.
Riley is understandably perplexed and begins to try to find out what’s going on. In the process, she discovers that there are secrets about her family – particularly her father – that she would never have suspected.
The plot had many twists and turns. While the outcome was admittedly not a total shocker, the process getting there, and the author’s writing style, kept me interested until the very end.
I don’t think this novel would fool many people, I still can recommend the book as a very enjoyable read that will keep you on your toes to try and stay one step ahead of Riley.