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The Silent Sister

(Riley MacPherson #1)

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  53,754 ratings  ·  5,243 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Helena It's an adult book, but for the record while suicide and child abuse are adult topics, lesbian couples aren't. Sexual content (for all types of…moreIt's an adult book, but for the record while suicide and child abuse are adult topics, lesbian couples aren't. Sexual content (for all types of couples) is, but the existence of lesbian couples is not inappropriate. (less)
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Diane Chamberlain If I could write this book over again, I would make it very clear! This is the question I am asked most often, and the answer is in chapter 18. I was…moreIf I could write this book over again, I would make it very clear! This is the question I am asked most often, and the answer is in chapter 18. I was too subtle!(less)

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Elyse Walters
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Audiobook..... ( gotta love the library Overdrive... keeps improving too)

Easy Listening..... easy to follow ....engaging ... not earth-shattering fantastic....
but I enjoyed turning in to this station. The narrator's voice was 'very pleasant' - and held my attention. I was a happy camper!!!

I guess I'd call this mystery-light! Lisa, a musical prodigy on the violin, age 16, is assumed dead..... having committed suicide many years ago.....after having committed murder, and before her court date.
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Lisa
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This sister can stay silent no longer: I LOVED THIS BOOK!

I was THRILLED to receive this book from Goodreads, and here is my honest review:

This was a fantastic book! How is it that I never knew about this author? I'm so glad that I won this book, because who knows how much longer I would have gone without having Diane Chamberlain on my radar? One more day would have been too long. So goodreads, I thank you.

I don't want to give away any of the plot. I will tell you this: there is a sister. She is
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Katie B
This is the type of book that is enjoyable even when you have an idea what is going to happen. You feel invested enough in the story to actually watch it play out even if it is predictable.

Riley MacPherson's father has recently passed and she returns to her childhood home to sort through his belongings. It's up to her to get everything in order because her sister committed suicide when Riley was a toddler, her mother died years ago and her brother Danny won't be much help because he has his own
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
3-3.5 stars!!

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99% of the books I read are strictly romance but sometimes I need a mystery/thriller/suspense to spice things up a bit and The Silent Sister seemed like a good choice. Overall, I was left somewhat underwhelmed, but I had a blast unraveling this intricately-woven mystery!

Riley’s father has passed away and she returns to her childhood home to settle his affairs and the house. She doesn’t expect to uncover a boatload of family secrets, including the one that reveals the truth about her
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Patrice Hoffman
Jun 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Imagine everything you've been told about you, your family, and your long lost sister are all lies? Well, in Diane Chamberlain's The Silent Sister Riley MacPherson finds that the stories she's been told of her sister, believed to have committed suicide as a teenager, just may in fact be alive. How's that for a huge family secret?

Riley is trying to clean out her father's home when a series of events lead her to believe that she may in fact want to investigate her past. At the age of 25, all the p
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Heather
Jul 08, 2016 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me on the edge of my seat and some parts were def. predictable but I still enjoyed the journey it took to get there. The ending was rushed and the majority of the secrets and etc spilled out in the last 50 pages which wasn't enough time for me. I would recommend this to anyone who's looking for a good mystery to read.
Margitte
This is the second book of this author that I finished and once again I am emotionally invested in the deftly plotted, immensely readable, and masterfully executed saga of a family in crisis.

Perhaps the title could have been The Violin named Violet. Mmm...yes, a bit too much, but really, this violin in this tale had this mysterious story to tell: "Hi, my name is Violet, Violet MacPherson, the only member of this family, apart from Lisa who committed suicide at the age of sixteen, who knows what
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Deanna
Nov 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. I have read all of Diane Chamberlain's books and was anxiously awaiting this one. I was not disappointed. I read it in a very short time which is unusual lately. However, this book kept me interested. I am excited for her next book!
Carole
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Every time I finish a Diane Chamberlain book, I'm reminded why she is at the top of my favorite authors list!! Her stories always have characters I love and care about, and the plot twists are amazing. When I'm reading her novels, I cruise through them, turning pages and finishing chapters faster than I normally do because I have to know what happens next to those characters I adore. This makes for a great read you'll love to curl up with!
*TANYA*
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book. I really enjoyed this book. I will definitely be looking into more books from this author.
Christine
I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I want to thank St. Martin's Press for the gift.

This novel was a real pleasant surprise for me. I usually read thrillers, but I entered the Giveaway contest for this book as the plot looked interesting. It wasn't long before I was pulled into the story and was totally engrossed thereafter. I read the book in 4 days which is really fast for me. I will not re-summarize the plot, only to say
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Jennifer
The Silent Sister is a standalone novel written by author Diane Chamberlain. This novel features two parallel storylines: one that reveals a past family drama and one that shows how the present-day family is dealing with slow discoveries related to it. While reading this type of writing style, I usually have a favorite storyline, and “the past” was my favorite in this one. But with both, I was caught up in the intrigue, the mystery, even some light suspense, and I experienced a great amount of e ...more
Diane S ☔
Apr 16, 2014 rated it liked it
2.5 When Riley returns home to clear out her Father's house after his death, she finds everything she believed about her family was wrong.

A story about secrets and the detrimental effect on a family. This is not one of my favorites of Chamberlain novels. Although at times the story was interesting I felt the plot was uneven. At times over dramatic and the dialogue forced and stilted. Usually this author does a good job writing women's fiction, aptly straddling the line between wringing excess em
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Kavita
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: family-drama, usa
Riley goes back home after her father's death to clear out his house. While there, she gets sucked into the secret past of their family. She discovers that her sister Lisa did not commit suicide as her parents told her, but had escaped a murder trial with the help of their father. The story starts off with a lot of suspense and interest but fizzles out in the middle. The end is a disaster, leaving practically every question unresolved.

Lisa's story could have been intriguing, but I found the wom
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Liz
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio

3.5 stars

Riley MacPherson returns to New Bern, NC to handle her father’s estate and ends up uncovering long buried family secrets. Everything she thought she knew was wrong. Her sister might not have committed suicide, but may still be alive.

This one took a while to grab my attention. It’s initially a slow burn. This is a steady, not a fast paced book. Chamberlain throws out hints on a regular basis. Chapters are alternated between past and present. And yes, I could see things coming from miles
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Jamie
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Dale Harcombe
Jul 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the death of her father, Riley MacPherson returns to her childhood home. While clearing out her father’s possessions she finds out more than she bargained for about her father and also the sister who she barely remembers. Lisa was 17 when newspapers reported her death and Riley 2 so it is hardly surprising Riley doesn’t remember her, especially when there seems to be so much mystery surrounding Lisa’s apparent suicide. But could there be more to the story? There certainly is. Some families ...more
Julie
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain is a 2014 St. Martin’s Press publication.

I have enjoyed every book I’ve read by Diane Chamberlain, but this is one of those I missed along the way. I recently saw Buzzfeed’s list of the top most suspenseful books and this one was pretty far up on the list. So, I immediately went in search of a copy. (Once more my Overdrive library account proves invaluable!)

Years ago, Lisa, a young musical prodigy with a bright future ahead of her, disappeared and is pres
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Connie
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible-cd, 2015
Perhaps not my favorite Chamberlain, but another solid and enjoyable read by who I think is one of today's better story tellers. I am always able to connect with most of her characters, as they are "real" people. In this case Riley could be anyone I know....until her father dies and she comes to discover that her life is full of secrets and lies.

Chamberlain tells this story through two voices. The present voice is Riley as she tries to discover if anything she grew up believing is true. The ba
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Maria
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tenho gostado de todos os livros que tenho lido desta autora. Pelas reviravoltas que as histórias dão, pela riqueza das suas personagens. E este não foi excepção. Apenas achei o final cor de rosa demais, depois de tudo o que aconteceu, mas tal não me impediu de ter gostado muito deste livro. Recomendo sem duvida
Ana
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Muitíssimo bom! Não é Kate Morton, mas anda lá perto!
Leitura compulsiva!
Opinião em vídeo!

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NOTA - 09/10
Rose
Initial reaction: Um, holy crud. This was good. I'm trying to decide on a final rating between 4 and 4.5 stars, but as per usual, Chamberlain really immersed me into the plight of the characters and overarching story. I couldn't put this book down, and I"m really glad I had the chance to read it as a galley.

Full review:

"The Silent Sister" was yet another book of Diane Chamberlain's that engaged me from beginning to end. By that I mean it kept me guessing for events for a good part of the narrati
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Britany
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Riley MacPherson has lost her entire family in one form or another; she heads back to New Bern, NC to wrap up things after her father's death. She discovers a shocking secret, things aren't always as they appear in her family, and her sister-- who committed suicide 20 years ago-- comes back into play...

Can't say too much more without giving away the book! I will say Diane Chamberlain's writing always leaves me wanting more, and I flew through this book because (once again) I HAD to know what was
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Çimen
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Once again, fortunately, I began reading this book without remembering much about the blurb. Just something about a dead sister. I may do this on purpose from now on, especially when it comes to mystery/thrillers, and wait until I've forgotten all but a vague idea about the plot and a once felt strong desire to read the book in question.
I really enjoyed this mysterious family drama. There are twists and turns at every step (view spoiler)
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Beverly
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews


Three children...and then there were two. All was hush, hush about how that happened, and Riley didn't find out why until after both her parents had passed away.

As Riley was cleaning out her parents' home, talking to different neighbors, and talking to folks her father had left things to in his will, she had her share of surprises and shocking revelations.

THE SILENT SISTER has twists that keep you turning the pages as you learn of secrets that had been kept for years and secrets that only a few
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Jonetta
When Riley MacPherson returns home to New Bern, North Carolina following her father's death, she discovers information among his belongings that unveils a lifetime of secrets.

I found this to be an interesting story with an underlying message about the cost of withholding secrets from family for their sake. The toll it took on Riley's self perception and her damaged brother, Danny, was immeasurable. I thought it was an apt illustration of good intentions gone awry.

I liked the story though I figur
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Kat
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-n
Wow, this book was an amazing combination of family drama and mystery that kept the twists and turns coming with every chapter. 25-year-old Riley returns home after her father's death to settle his estate and starts finding pieces of his life that just don't fit in. She always knew that she had a much older sister who killed herself when she was a baby, but as neighbors let pieces of information slip, and Riley uncovers clues within the house, she discovers that may not be what happened at all, ...more
Denise
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
3 out of 5 stars - "Everyone has a scar."

Riley MacPherson returns to her childhood home to clear out the house and settle the estate of her recently deceased father. Her brother, Danny, injured in Iraq and living in a trailer on the fringe of the RV park the family owns, refuses to help her. He's embittered and angry because of the fallout from their sister's suicide when he and Riley were children and he never got over it. All Riley wants to do is have a relationship with her brother now that t
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Adelaide Swift
Jun 09, 2015 rated it did not like it
...has a lot going on for 350 pages, most of which is detail masquerading as substance. Let's explore.

The core of the novel is promising: Riley (our protagonist) is cleaning out the home of her late father and 'discovers evidence' that her sister, who everyone thinks committed suicide, might be alive. She embarks on a journey to discover her family's past.

That tidy little nugget of synopsis is stretched to a degree of agonizing attenuation over the course of the novel. The reader is forced to wa
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Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 26 novels published in more than twenty languages. Her most recent novel is The Dream Daughter. Some of her most popular books include Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy. Diane likes to write complex stories about relationships between men ...more
“No matter how many people care about you, she thought, if you can't be open with them about who you truly are, you're still alone.” 31 likes
“Growing up in a household where something is terribly wrong, you feel the weight of that mysterious something even though it's unspoken. It eats at you. Confuses you. It leaves you wondering if your view of the world will ever make sense.” 6 likes
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