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Diane Chamberlain

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Diane Chamberlain is the USA Today and London Times bestselling author of 23 novels published in more than twenty languages. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends. Although the thematic focus of her books often revolves around family, love, compassion and forgiveness, her stories usually feature a combination of suspense, mystery and intrigue.

Diane lives in North Carolina with her significant other, photographer John Pagliuca, and her shelties, Keeper and Cole--the only non-reading members of the household!

Please visit Diane's website and blog for more information and a complete list of her books.

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Diane Chamberlain The Midwife's Confession came from a dream I had about a group of friends who learn something terrible about another friend and must decide whether to…moreThe Midwife's Confession came from a dream I had about a group of friends who learn something terrible about another friend and must decide whether to tell her--the story mushroomed from there. CeeCee's story was inspired by the case of a female criminal (Sara Jane Olson) who was tracked down after living underground for more than twenty years. In both cases, as always, the little seed of inspiration grows into something much bigger as I play with the story. (less)
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The Secret Life of CeeCee W...
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The Midwife's Confession
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Necessary Lies
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The Silent Sister
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The Good Father
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Before the Storm (Before th...
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The Lies We Told
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Breaking the Silence
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THE BAY AT MIDNIGHT (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Her family's cottage on the New Jersey shore was a place of freedom and innocence for Julie Bauer—until her seventeen-year-old sister, Isabel, was murdered. It's been more than forty years since that August night, but Julie's memories of her sister's death still shape her world. Now someone from her past is raising questions about what really happened that night. About Julie's own complicity. About a devastating secret her mother kept from them all. About the person who went to prison for Izzy's murder—and the person who didn't. Faced with questions and armed with few answers, Julie must gather the courage to revisit her past and untangle the complex emotions that led to one unspeakable act of violence on the bay at midnight.
BEFORE THE STORM (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: It’s often difficult for me to characterize my books, and Before the Storm is no exception. It’s part suspense, part mystery, and one hundred percent family drama. It’s about how far family members will go to protect one another. It’s about the choices people make that come back to haunt them. And it’s about the gradual unfolding of truths that keep the characters on edge and those pages turning.
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Description: Twenty-eight years ago, a North Carolina governor's young, pregnant wife was kidnapped. Now, her remains have been found and a man charged with her murder. Only one person-CeeCee Wilkes-can refute the charges against him. But CeeCee disappeared years ago. . .
The Lies We Told (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Maya and Rebecca Ward are both accomplished physicians, but that's where the sisters' similarities end. As teenagers, they witnessed their parents' murder, but it was Rebecca who saved Maya from becoming another of the gunman's victims. The tragedy left Maya cautious and timid, settling for a sedate medical practice with her husband, Adam, while Rebecca became the risk taker. After a devastating hurricane hits the coast of North Carolina, Rebecca and Adam urge Maya to join them in the relief effort. To please her husband, Maya finally agrees. She loses herself in the care and transport of victims, but when her helicopter crashes into raging floodwaters, there appears to be no survivors. Forced to accept that Maya is gone, Rebecca and Adam turn to one another first for comfort, then in passion, unaware that, miles from civilization, Maya is injured and trapped with strangers she's not certain she can trust. Away from the sister who has always been there to save her, now Maya must find the courage to save herself-unaware that the life she knew has changed forever.
SUMMER'S CHILD (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Early one morning, on the beach beside her North Carolina home, eleven-year-old Daria Cato receives an unbelievable gift from the sea--an abandoned newborn baby. When the infant's identity cannot be uncovered, she is adopted by Daria's loving family. But her silent secrets continue to haunt Daria and her family. Now, twenty years later, Shelly has grown into an unusual, ethereal woman whom Daria continues to protect. But when Rory Taylor, a friend from Daria's past and now a television producer, returns to do a story on the mystery of Shelly's birth, something precarious shifts in the small village of Kill Devil Hills. The more questions Rory asks, the more unsettled the tiny community becomes, as dark sins and closely guarded secrets begin to surface. Piece by piece, the mystery of summer's child is being exposed, and it's a mystery that no one involved is prepared to solve.
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message 33: by Diane

Diane Chamberlain Christine wrote: "Diane I was wondering if you can autograph your books called the good father and the silent sister and breaking silence and before the storm series and kiss river series and the broken string and t..."

Christine, I'm not sure what you're asking! Please help me understand.


Christine Hatfield Diane I was wondering if you can autograph your books called the good father and the silent sister and breaking silence and before the storm series and kiss river series and the broken string and the mid wife's confession and the lies we told and keeper of the light and necessary lies and the escape artist and the first lie and brass ring

message 31: by Belinda

Belinda Nicoll Thanks for connecting, Diane. I lived in North Carolina for 5 years, before moving to the Midwest. My memoir - Out of Sync - is also about relationships. I'd love to be an accomplished author like you one day - 21 novels! - that's well done!!

Christine Hatfield thanks for being my friend

message 29: by Kathy

Kathy Maher Yea - a new book.

message 28: by Gusto

Gusto Dave Thanks for approving us as friends, Diane! I’m Gusto Dave Jackson Publicist for RMFW. On the Chiseled in Rock Blog: http://chiseledinrock.blogspot.com

• Scroll down to last Monday for the interview with the hilarious J.A. KAZIMER. Find out about her new book that helped start the fairy tale trend.
• And another crazy cartoon from E.C. STACY.
• Today we chat with literary agent GINA PANETTIERI.
• And tomorrow, check out Meet the Reader – authors interviewing voracious book buyers like you!

Mikky Thank u for the add,Diane!!Happy new year!!

message 26: by Cheryl

Cheryl Hello! Thank you for accepting my friend request! You are one of my favorite authors--I really enjoy reading your books. It's always nice to visit other people's pages on Goodreads and see what everyone is reading! Kind regards, Cheryl

message 25: by Milton

Milton Esitubi Mary Anita And The Second Liberation In Kenya Consider reading this dramatic book full of African passion and flavour, culture, social life and politics

message 24: by Shannon

Shannon Oh Diane - Please tell me The Midwife's Confession will be available on the BN Nook! :)

message 23: by William

William O'Brien Hi- Just to let you know...
Peter: a Darkened Fairytale
Best wishes, William

message 22: by Ed

Ed Rambeau Thanks for accepting my friend request, Diane. You seem like an interesting person, as well as quite the prolific author, so feel free to tell me more about yourself. I, myself, am a singer/songwriter/actor who has recently turned author. My 2 top ten recordings were CONCRETE & CLAY (as a singer) and NAVY BLUE (as a writer)...both in the early 1960's. My first novel is an unusual murder mystery entitled: FORBIDDEN STEPS.

Regards, and have a great day, Ed


message 21: by EZRead

EZRead eBookstore Hello, Diane! Glad to see you really liked "Room", I did too! http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

message 20: by Lisa

Lisa Alexander-Griffin Thanks for the friendship, Diane. Look forward to your updates. :)

message 19: by William

William O'Brien Hi Diane - Thank you for your friendship.
Please visit my website http://www.peteradarkenedfairytale.co.uk
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date mid-late Jan.
Best wishes, William

message 18: by Beth

Beth Hi Diane,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author on Goodreads!

Penelope Marzec I love Point Pleasant, New Jersey, but I grew up in Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey. I still love sand between my toes.

Thanks for adding me as a friend!

message 16: by Amanda

Amanda I just finished "Before the Storm" and can't wait for the sequel! Your books are definitely page turners!!!!

message 15: by Jessie

Jessie Just stopping by to say hi!

message 13: by Gina

Gina Hi Diane,
Looking forward to "Secrets She Left Behind."


message 12: by Saleh

Saleh Hi.What We Talk About When We Talk About Love?PLZ Answer The Qustion In My Profile.

message 11: by Roger

Roger Cottrell Hi Diane,
Always great to hear from another crime thriller person. I've just finished my latest about a black cop in Birmingham who's drawn into a conspiracy to set up a crime after his informant is murdered by a Yardie boss. It's called REDEMPTION SONGS. ENEMY WITHIN, a retrospective set during the miners strike is published in April and the details are already up on www.picnic-publishing.co.uk You cxan look up my self published retrospective thriller, HOLLYWOOD BOWL, on http://www.lulu.com/2557400 The ISBN is ISBN 978-1-4092-0457-2
Take care and hope to hear from you shortly,

message 10: by Andrea

Andrea Kulman Hi & thank you for being a friend on Good Reads! Happy Halloween!

message 9: by Jody

Jody Scott-Olson The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes finally arrived today. I peeked inside and before I knew it the first two chapters were read... yay! I love a book that pulls me so fast that I'm gone before I realize that I've left:)

message 8: by Terri

Terri Thanks for add..

message 7: by Kate (last edited Sep 08, 2008 06:07PM)

Kate Hi. Nice to meet you on Goodreads as well as Redroom today. You've been busy!

If you're not done surfing, come visit my Goodreads page, my Redroom page or my website:


message 6: by Gina

Gina Hi Diane,
Have a great weekend!

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Thanks so much for adding me Diane. Your work sound so exciting and adventurous! I know you must be very busy, but if you can I'd love for you to visit my web site, jeanniebarber.com. I'm a novice writer so feel free to make any kind of suggestions, ideas or thoughts to correct it. I’m co-authoring a novel with Patty Wiseman, another friend on Goodreads. We’ve known each other for over 30 years. While you're there, please sign the guestbook, too! There’s also a link to our book you can click on…clairkelley@synthasite.com. This site is brand new and in the editing stage as is our story. Please visit it as well. We’re both very green, but we’ve met so many people on this site willing to reach out and offer advice or a guiding hand, we feel very blessed.

message 4: by Rita

Rita Thank you so much for your friendship, Diane!
All best wishes,

message 3: by Liz

Liz Diane,
I'm so pleased that you extended the invitation to be your friend on Goodreads. What a striking picture you have posted--must be the work of your significant other. Wow.

And what a busy lady you have been. I love the titles of your books! I've sworn off fiction (reading of) for so long because I have no willpower and let it consume my life so there's no time for my day job + writing of, but I'm starting slowly to add it back into my life. I'll keep your wonderful titles in mind.

Liz Adair
Author of
The Spider Latham Mystery Series
Mist of Quarry Harbor
Lucy Shook's Letters from Afghanistan (editor)
Counting the Cost (Out in November 08)

Dorlana Hi Diane,
I enjoyed your book trailer. Thanks for adding me to your friends. :)

message 1: by maria

maria Hey there,Diane
Thank you for add me as your friends.
It`s my honor to be in your friends list.
Best regards

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