Oct 082014
Review: The Silent SisterThe Silent Sister (Riley MacPherson #1) by Diane Chamberlain
Published by St. Martin's Press on Oct 7, 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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Rating: three-stars

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I had really high hopes for this book, and while I enjoyed it, I didn’t love it. The story is built around a mystery about Riley’s sister Lisa, who was thought to have committed suicide when she was a teen. As Riley is cleaning up her father’s house after this death, she stumbles upon information about Lisa that makes her question everything that happened.

While I found the mystery a little predictable, and slightly unnecessary, I mean really, why was everything kept a secret from Riley, I did find Riley’s grief very realistic. Her inability to concentrate of the task of cleaning up the house and her focus on Lisa and the mystery felt believable. Riley was close to her dad, and watching her struggle with coming to terms with his death was heartbreaking.

Where I liked Riley, I had a hard time liking the other characters. Riley’s brother Danny had his own problems, but they weren’t really explained until the end of the book, and by then it was a little too hard to feel sorry for him. I expected him to be softer and more loving towards Riley, and his inability to do that left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

Overall, there are a few doozies of surprises in the book, but most are predictable. This aspect of the story was a bit disappointing, but the portrayal of Riley’s grief did make this a worthwhile read.

  2 Responses to “Review: The Silent Sister”

  1. This sounds amazing, so I am kind of bummed that you found it just okay. I feel like it is difficult to find mysteries that aren’t super predictable. Even some of my favorites don’t throw enough twists and turns.

    • I was definitely disappointed not to like it more, but it does happen. Predictable mysteries aren’t nearly as fun as ones with lots of twists and turns, but if you read a lot of books, it can be hard to find something new feeling.

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