The Silent Sister

Narrated by: Susan Bennett
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10,277 ratings)

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In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over 20 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 best-selling author Diane Chamberlain.

©2014 Diane Chamberlain (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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Always amazed ...

that Diane Chamberlain can tell such beautiful and well-written, sensible fiction. I love her work.

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I can't think of anything more predictable...

The narration for this audio book is great. Thank heavens for that, because the writing is terrible. If you are anything above a 5th grade reading and comprehension level, you'll see every single "plot twist" coming from a mile away. Seriously, reading this book so frustrating because the characters took what seemed like ages to piece together very simple facts to reveal what was happening.

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Excellent story line

I couldn't stop listening. I loved it from the beginning. I hope this book becomes a movie.

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NOT A SERIES

Good book, I was waiting for book 2, and asked about it on Diane Chamberlain Facebook page. This is not a series, there is NO book 2. I have contacted Audible, and so have Diane Chamberlain's people. Audible gave me a publishers phone number to report it, I did and passed the number to Diane Chamberlains page. It seems AUDIBLE OR PUBLISHERS WONT FIX IT. Just wanted to pass that along to anyone else waiting for next book.

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A bit of a miss

What would have made The Silent Sister better?

The plot had more valleys than peaks. It took a while for the major plot twists to come together into a fully-formed story. I wanted to finish the book to see what happened, but I didn't feel vested in the story or the characters.

What could Diane Chamberlain have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Make the plot twists more dramatic. I felt like many of the main points of the story were casually dropped in and didn't connect to the main plot.

Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Bennett’s performances?

Unfortunately, no. Her tone reminded me of a whiny Sally Field, and she took a lot of unnecessary pauses.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It wasn't bad enough for me to request a refund on my credit, but I'd hardly call this a compelling story. Would not recommend to a friend.

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Predictable & Relentlessly One Dimensional

I found this whole story implausible in the extreme. Even the smallest detail becomes ridiculous if you think about it for more than a minute. Nothing is believable, based in the real world or makes any sense at all. Zero thriller in this "chick-lit" snoozer. What a total waste of time.

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This audiobook was absolutely awesome could not put the book down

A friend told me about this book and said it was absolutely wonderful that she read it into days I couldn't wait to listen to the story and I was not disappointed at the characters were compelling the story was the story with in the stories absolutely terrific book

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Not My Cup of Tea

This audio had an excellent narrator and that made it possible to keep listening. I am not one that is good at guessing plots but this book was so predictable that it was ridiculous. I feel like this author is one step above Danielle Steele. If you want an easy listening experience that is really mindless you might enjoy this, but otherwise save your credits for something that is written better and has a bit more substance

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Great story, kept me reading until late at night

The Silent Sister contains much of Diane Chamberlain's usual formatting in writing a work of fiction. We have a confused woman who is trying to make sense of her family, and a ton of secrets behind the scenes that are slowly seeking their way to the top.

Riley is a high school counselor. Her father is in ill health, and when he dies she discovers that long ago, she had a sister. Her brother is an ex veteran and isn't really interested in talking about the sister, who apparently committed suicide. However, as Riley digs deeper, she finds that her sister Jade's death was a big lie. Why would her family go to all of the trouble to fake her death and move her? There is an excellent reason why.

The Silent Sister moves quickly and is packed full of juicy twists and turns. The main character is likable and the story on the whole is very well done. The narration was impeccable and this is an overall good audiobook which I enjoyed tremendously.

Solid 4/5 stars

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don't waste your time

this story was so predictable. some details were left hanging, and characters drop out and don't return. main characters spineless. I kept going,, hoping something good would happen but it never did.

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