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The Silent Sister

Narrated by: Susan Bennett
Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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The Silent Sister is a gripping novel from Diane Chamberlain, the bestselling author of The Midwife's Confession

What if everything you believed turned out to be a lie?

Riley MacPherson is returning to her childhood home in North Carolina. A place that holds cherished memories. While clearing out the house, she finds a box of old newspaper articles - and a shocking family secret begins to unravel. Riley has spent her whole life believing that her older sister, Lisa, died tragically as a teenager. But now she's starting to uncover the truth: her life has been built on a foundation of lies, told by everyone she loved. 

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 tries to separate reality from fiction, her discoveries call into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Can she find the strength inside herself to decide her future?

Incredibly gripping and emotionally powerful, The Silent Sister is perfect for fans of Jodi Picoult and Liane Moriarty.

©2014 Diane Chamberlain (P)2015 Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

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The Silent Sister

Incredible, at first I wasn’t really sure of the book it really starts off slow and you have to trust the process and the journey the book will take you on.

You will not understand and you will question so much but all the lies, secrets and deceit will be revealed. I didn’t really know what to think and I sure as heck wasn’t expecting to get emotional but I did and I couldn’t get enough of these characters I was rooting for them.

I loved the narration it was kinda perfect for the story she was Riley to me. I am so glad I really gave this book a fighting chance because I enjoyed it a lot.

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  • Natalie
  • 05-05-16

Mexican soap opera

Drama drama drama, so much drama. Not exactly convincing, no great characters, annoying characters. Great narrator, bad story line.

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  • Claire
  • 10-02-15

Captivating story

I really enjoyed this book. Kept me listening as I wanted to know more about the characters and what happened. I don't want to say too much in case I give anything away but I feel it was very well written and narrator was good too.

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  • Kiera Potter
  • 08-24-18

Couldn’t put it down!

Well I’ve discovered that I am one hell of a multitasker as I listened to this book IN A DAY! This may not sound like a mammoth task but I have a very active 14 month old baby! It’s amazing the housework you can get through or find with a good book in the background to listen to! I had my daughter Frankie help me clean under our bed just so I could listen to more!

I’m not going to regurgitate the Amazon review as they are always bang on and I’ve finished writing literary essays years ago haha However I have 142 books in my library and I love Diane Chamberlain as there is no profanity (so my child can learn all her bad language exclusively from me haha) and there are no gruesome or macabre scenes that might turn my bundle of joy into a budding serial killer. All in all the most enthralled one can feel without ending up pregnant

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  • Catherine Elliott
  • 12-22-15

Couldnt put it down

Where does The Silent Sister rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This my first Diane Chamberlian book and I loved it. I couldnt put it down. The characters were very realistic and I felt I could relate to them. The narrator was superb.

What did you like best about this story?

I could get into the story right from the first chapter. It was interesting the way each character told their part of the story and it had lots of twists and turns.

What about Susan Bennett’s performance did you like?

Her voice is very easy to listen to and she narrates very well.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, but it was enthralling.

Any additional comments?

I'm now a fan of Diane Chamberlain and have downloaded another book. I hope it is as good as this one.

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  • fabian
  • 09-09-19

predictable

nicely written but so predictable with weak characters whose reactions to events was not believable.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-08-19

Entertaining until the end

I loved this book. It’s the first Diane Chamberlain book I have read but it was brilliant. The narration was great too, definitely recommend.

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  • Mrs B
  • 08-22-19

struggled with the first 3rd of this book

bare with it.. it's a good finish. brother's character was kind of annoying but I liked how each piece of information added to the story

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  • Helen W.
  • 08-08-19

Fantastic Story. Brilliantly Told.

This is the first book I have read by this author. I loved it. Can't wait to read more.

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  • sandra
  • 07-30-19

first book

loved it couldn't put it down intrigued right to the end will have more of her books

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  • TracyDryburgh
  • 07-05-19

Fantastic, gripping storyline

I loved this book. It had me gripped from the beginning, a few twists and turns, leaving you willing for the characters to realise what you as reader/listener know. I’d highly recommend it!

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  • Alana
  • 04-04-16

a good read with twists

I loved this book. I was gripped ftom the first few chapters & just had to keep listening. I felt like I was watching the story unfold & I connected with the characters.
another good book from this author

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-17

Expected

Easy to listen, expected story line. Good read but a polytechnic bored in the end.

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  • Jenny
  • 03-12-16

Great author

What a great author. This is the third book I've listened to and they have all had excellent stories.
Thanks for some wonderful hours!

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  • John
  • 02-02-16

Gripping

I was a little afraid this would be too similar a story to other books I've read but it wasn't. Yet another audiobook that I have felt compelled to listen to into the wee small hours when I know I shouldn't. I'll be looking out for more Diane Chamberlain books to read now.

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  • Elise A Hinkley
  • 01-28-16

A fantastic solid read

I didn't want to 'put the book down' I.e. Stop listening. A fantastic enthralling book so well told from different pained perspectives. Also very well narrated! Would highly recommend it!