Review: The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

St. Martin’s Press, 2014

**On-sale October 7, 2014**

Description (from

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.

My Review (4 Stars: Liked it a lot!)

I’ve categorized this novel as Contemporary Fiction, Mystery and Suspense.  Riley MacPherson finds herself settling her father’s affairs after his untimely death.  Riley feels very alone since her mother previously passed away, her only brother Danny can not help as he is a reclusive, injured Iraq war veteran and her only sister, Lisa, at age 17, committed suicide when Riley was two years old.  Details of her father’s will begin to surface unsettling revelations about her family.  Aside from Riley and Danny two characters are named in the will, Jeannie Lyons (a real-estate agent) and Tom Kyle (a resident in Riley’s father’s RV park).  Riley barely knows them.  They add interesting twists to the story.  As secrets are uncovered, Riley becomes determined to find out the truth about her sister’s suicide.

Diane Chamberlain is an international bestselling author of 22 novels.  I can see why she is so successful. Even though the story seems slightly unrealistic, Chamberlain’s writing style is easy and enjoyable to read and her characters seem to come to life off the page.

About The Author

Diane Chamberlain is the international bestselling author of 22 novels. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her shelties, Keeper and Cole. Visit her online at

Also By Diane Chamberlain

Necessary Lies

The Good Father

The Midwife’s Confession

The Lies We Told

Secrets She Left Behind

Before the Storm

The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes

The Bay at Midnight

Her Mother’s Shadow

The Journey Home (anthology)

Kiss River

The Courage Tree

Keepers of the Light

Cypress Point

Summer’s Child

Breaking the Silence

The Escape Artist


Brass Ring

Lovers and Strangers

Fire and Rain

Private Relations

Secret Lives


The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain is one of the The Books of Fall selections from She Reads

I would like to thank Diane Chamberlain, the She Reads Organization and the publisher,  St. Martin’s Press, New York,  for providing me with this book, free of charge, for review.

Disclosure of Material Connection: 

I received this book free from the publisher, St. Martin’s Press, New York as a member of the She Reads Network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. I read and reviewed this recently and I loved it. It was just the right book for the mood I was in, and though as you said a couple of incidents seemed a bit unrealistic, it goes with the territory for contemporary suspense. Good review!


  2. I am looking forward to reading this one and was able to get it from NetGalley – the buzz around the blogs brought it to my attention. I have just finished Her Mother’s Shadow which is the last in her Kiss River Trilogy and I liked it very much. From what I hear her later writing is even better so I have much to enjoy in the future.


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