THIS IS A GREAT BOOK. I just had to say that to start this review. I was mega negative about Suite Francaise and I’m sorry Suite-Francaise lovers but that is just how I felt about it. But any The Silent Sister lovers, I am also a lover of this book.
Diane Chamberlain has penned it and if anyone loves a gripping mystery/sort of thriller, this is the book for you. I’ve never read any of Diane’s books before but I was tottering around Sainsbury’s book section last Wednesday, deciding to treat myself where I saw this for a sweet £3.99. I read the blurb (I’ve already mentioned I’m an avid member of the blurb appreciation club) and was immediately sucked into the storyline. WHERE THE HELL IS RILEY’S SISTER????? Was the question racing through my mind for the next few days until I finished it. I was not disappointed at all.
The book starts with a cheeky flashback to a canoe being found in the frozen water and all the people around hoping the person in it is dead because they were a murderer. And you (the reader) is just like omg who is it what happened what now. All these questions begin racing around.
It then jumps to Riley in the present day where she is returning to her home town to clean out her father’s house after he passed away. She discovers this strange post box her father has opened in another town under another name and this is where the mystery begins. She meets lots of strange characters who are all interlinked to her past and people who she thinks are enemies at the start become friends in the ends and vice versa. She is also reunited with her severely emotionally damaged brother. And the plot just continues to twist and turn and twist and turn.
At one point, after you find out the truth about what happened to Riley’s sister Lisa (I don’t want to plot spoil so I won’t), it jumps back in time to Lisa’s POV. Which is mega exciting. From this point onwards, it jumps between Lisa’s story in 1992 and Riley’s story in the present and then they finally interlink! It’s just so clever.
I really enjoyed this book because it made me want to keep reading – I love books like this, they are written with the reader in mind. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I just couldn’t put it down. It also introduced me to Diane Chamberlain’s writing and I will definitely be on the lookout for more of her books from now on!
Original Post Date: May 2015