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The Lies We Told by Diane Chamberlain
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Jul 24, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

My first Diane Chamberlain book and it was great! I thought it would be formulaic but happily this book was very complicated and the author has a talent for writing very good description which enhanced the narrative. Two sisters,Rebecca and Maya, are doctors in adulthood, but lost their parents in a shocking crime when they were teens. Rebecca's temperament is to be bold and wild and offer her doctoring services in disaster relief situations. Maya is a pediatrician craving order, balance, and safety. Maya is married to another doctor, Adam, and he is convinced to join Rebecca with relief efforts after a hurricane has hit North Carolina. Soon after Maya follows. Unfortunately, Maya goes missing for a while and Rebecca and Adam find that they care for each other. Maya is on a tangent of her own that will change her entire life. You will have to read the book to find out what that was! There are really good questions raised in this book about what exactly connotes family, how do we grow within our families, and how do we overcome the hurdles of violence in the many forms in which it may rear itself in our lives? Also, as the title implies, lies won't get you anywhere and are destructive. (I think I could accurately recommend this author to Jodi Picoult fans.)

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message 1: by Jamie (last edited Nov 12, 2011 10:37AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jamie I read this last night and am still thinking about it. I hate that Adam and Rebecca almost hook up while Maya is missing. I just can't imagine flirting and wanting to be romantic with a bro-in-law if that happened to one of my sisters. Wrong. Granted, my relationships with my sisters is different. Maybe making me uncomfortable is what makes it a good read?

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