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Publisher's Summary

Maya and Rebecca Ward are both accomplished physicians, but that's where the sisters' similarities end. As teenagers, they witnessed their parents' murder, but it was Rebecca who saved Maya from becoming another of the gunman's victims. The tragedy left Maya cautious and timid, settling for a sedate medical practice with her husband, Adam, while Rebecca became the risk taker.

After a devastating hurricane hits the coast of North Carolina, Rebecca and Adam urge Maya to join them in the relief effort. To please her husband, Maya finally agrees. She loses herself in the care and transport of victims, but when her helicopter crashes into raging floodwaters, there appears to be no survivors.

Forced to accept that Maya is gone, Rebecca and Adam turn to one another - first for comfort, then in passion - unaware that, miles from civilization, Maya is injured and trapped with strangers she's not certain she can trust.

©2010 Diane Chamberlain (P)2016 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Chamberlain weaves an intensely engaging story of three people with a tragic past, complicated present, and unknown future who must struggle with trust, betrayal, and forgiveness." ( Booklist)

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Very Slow Pace

Most of the book consists of the two sisters moaning about not revealing their guilty secrets to each other. The story is quite predictable until at least 90% or so, to the point where the reader gets anxious just to get it over with. There are a couple twists and surprises at the end, but they are essentially revealed as an aside, like 'oh, now that has happened so things are different '. The basic story concept had a lot of potential, but in my opinion, the author did not make the best use of it to keep the reader engaged.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Sibling rivalry, love, lust, loss, & heartache

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely! This was a great story line with a little something of every emotion for everyone.

What other book might you compare The Lies We Told to and why?

This had a little feel of Nicholas Spark's stories, in my opinion, except that the love story was more of a secondary focus while the friendship & survival events held the forefront.

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

I loved her entire performance. I can't think of anyone else who could have done a better job!

Any additional comments?

Diane Chamberlain is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. This book contained a little sample of every feeling imaginable from love, loss, lust, heartbreak, starting anew, sibling rivalry to murder. The one idea that stuck with me is the thought that we should make our lives in the sand instead of concrete so that anytime we decide to change them, it is easily possible.This book was absolutely enamoring from the storyline to the writing technique. The plot kept me hooked from the very first page and while reading you will be fervently gritting your teeth to see how everything plays out

40 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Thanks again, Diane Chamberlain

For my taste, this story had the perfect balance between interesting relationships, romance and suspense

I would recommend this to any parent, especially those who may have experienced trauma in their life.

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Very moving. Couldn't put it down

I always love Diane Chamberlains books. I wish a previous reviewer hadn't told me the end since it would have been a huge surprise but I was okay with how it ended. How anyone could say this book was boring, I don't know. I couldn't put it down. It was a bit unbelievable but I really got attached to the characters and love how the story evolved and told us bits of the accident throughout the book and how both sisters found themselves.

19 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Great!

This was an enjoyable read. It took a while to connect with the characters, but once I did I was hooked.

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Another great Diane Chamberlain book

Don't be put off by other reviews or one that "reveals" the ending. There are twists & turns in the book that you have to be patient enough to get to.
I live in a state impacted by hurricanes & put off listening to this book for awhile, especially since hurricane Matthew just went through. I'm running out of Diane Chamberlain books to listen to so I gave in. I wasn't disappointed!!
Things happen in life, things change after disasters, sometimes it's best to go with the flow.

28 of 30 people found this review helpful

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Slow story and frustrating ending

I hate when you finish a story and you're angry because you feel so much injustice for the characters that you've grown to known over the past several hours. Although Chamberlain may have thought she wrapped up the story in a nice, neat bow, it was a terrible and unacceptable ending. Not to mention, it was slow throughout and just downright boring at times.

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Good but not my favorite by chamberlain

Definitely another good chamberlain book but not her best. I absolutely didn't like the ending. It probably could have ended any other way but the way it had and I would have felt better. Like the sisters in this novel, I am the youngest of just two girls. Our parents had no other children so we were close growing up. There is absolutely no way this ending would be okay with anyone in my family and I'm sorry but if a reader out there says otherwise I would have to question the family dynamic going on there. That just simply is not okay I don't care what circumstances surround them.

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  • Joan
  • Hillsboro, OR, United States
  • 04-29-16

Very good, if not great.

What did you love best about The Lies We Told?

Dianc Chamberlain always gives pleasure as well as food for thought. This was a very good book, but not her best by a long shot. Another reviewer found the ending lacking, but I thought it was perfect. Just sit back and enjoy.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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3rd book to read by this author...

and i'm sensing a pattern.
the book held my attention, but a bit unbelievable as the main character NEVER got a break. after so much chaos, very tidy ending. (my pattern is that i left this same review for another of her books).

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • 03-29-18

A good listen

Not my favourite Diane Chamberlain book but still a good listen. Story was a little predictable though.