THE SILENT SISTER by Diane Chamberlain

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.



Non-graphic and non-present tense acknowledgment of rape and molestation. No details on topics, they are only mentioned as a catalyst and justification.


Talk of a supposed suicide. No details at all.


Scary psychopath mentioned as part of back story, no details of his actions, only information that he existed.



Alternative Lifestyle/LGBT:

lesbian couple with children. acknowledgment of the relationship and a bit of the budding feelings but not glamorized or detailed.

Naughty Little Tidbits: Disturbing Behaviour, Disrespect Loving Authority Figures, Disrespect Rules/Laws, Bad Role Model


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Comments: Well written and paced but predictable. I was hooked since I do not read too many novels of this genre. I feel like the author could have detailed some really dirty places but she seemed very respectful to all the characters and though the topic was weighty and the circumstances violent in nature, she expressed them with class. I liked this book a lot. I am not going to stick this in the garbage because though it has some difficult subjects that have many moral implications, none were shoved graphically in your face or glamorized or really at all even detailed.


  1. This is the first review of yours I have read….I appreciate it! You are honest and not at all self-righteous in your review. Thanks…now I want to read this book, after reading all the others I have stacked by my bedside!

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