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Preview — Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain
Breaking the Silence
Since that awful day, Laura Brandon’s little girl hasn’t uttered a word. When a psychiatrist suggests that Emma won’t talk because she’s terrified of men, Laura is guilt-ridden. To help Emma, she needs to know what unspeakable secret lies behind her husban...more
This book was nearly impossible to put down. It's full of fascinating characters and tons of mystery. The whole time I was just so eager to know what the truth was and there was plenty of keep me entertained until the final truth came out ...more
Breaking the Silence was another winner, full of wonderful twists and secrets and surprises.
I used to work with clients who had mental illness and my mind went back to those people and how I would feel if the disturbing type of treatments were performed on them. It was disturb ...more
After reading a few of Diana Chamberlain's more recent novels, including my favorite, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, I could tell immediately when I started this one that I was reading one of her earlier books. That's not to say that this novel isn't good, it is -- but it is a fairly predictable story and the revelations at the end come as no surprise to any mystery reader. There are multiple things going on in the book but all eventually co ...more
This one had an interesting premise--right before Laura's father dies, he makes her promise that she'll take care of an old woman suffering from ...more
A few minutes after eleven on Christmas night, Laura receives a phone call from the nurse at the hospital where her father, Carl Brandon, is currently dying of cancer. Laura got dressed and headed out the door leaving Ray at home to watch Emma as she felt there was no point in waking her daughter at this time of night and dr ...more
Dylan has guilt of a plane crash, not his fault
Gilbert (Ray) has guilt for what his work did to a child's family
Laura's father has guilt for keeping a secret of daughters roots
Laura has guilt for working too much
Sarah has guilt for not doing more for her patients
Laura promises her dying father she will check on an older woman - a w ...more
Not that the story is completely believable, but the background premise is on true happenings of that period (like is the case with most of her work)...and I kind of liked almost all the characters...it being on the psychological side probably adds to the charm (don't we all wonder how psychological fit and sane we are...why we do things the way we do...)
It's nice to see the lead ...more
It's hard to believe the craziness of the experiments in the 50's in regards to psychiatric facilities. Having taken several psychology course ...more
Laura, against her husbands wishes, visits Sarah Tolley at the nursing home and finds that she has altzimers ...more
While she tells a great story as always, this one had more serious and upsetting tones than some of the others I have read and was more difficult to read. Her stories always touch the emotions of the reader, but this one was so tragic in so many ways that your heart breaks at the missed opportunities and devestation that the characters feel.
I have to admit, I had no idea where the story would go, didn't have much of a clue who the characters were in refer ...more
The story has so many layers that there is no way you could not enjoy it. There’s romance, mystery, crime, science and history.
I probably would have given the book 5 stars, but i had figured out early on the role/relationship of one of the twists within the book. I will admit though, that in true Diane Chamberlain style; i was surprised by ...more
Alzheimer ridden Sarah, who is forever stuck in the horrors of her past, and unable to fathom the effects of the latest happenings, is a character who will amaze you with her ...more
This book, as with many of Diane Chamberlains books, is telling not one but two stories. Each of the stories grabs you in and you almost dont want it to switch to the other because you want it to continue, but when you start the other story you then become attached to that one and so on.
Diane Chamberlain always manages to leave you guessing the connection between the two tales until right at the very end and no ...more
Diane Chamberlain tells both Laura and Emma ...more