I have a new favorite author! Well, I don’t love Diane Chamberlain more than I love Jodi Picoult, but being that I’ve read all of Jodi Picoult’s books and I haven’t read all of Diane Chamberlain’s, I have a new author to binge read. And so far I’m loving her books. Breaking The Silence was really good! “Laura Brandon’s promise to her dying father was simple: to visit an elderly woman she’d never heard of before. A woman who remembers nothing—except the distant past. Visiting Sarah Tolley seemed a small enough sacrifice to make. But Laura’s promise results in another death. Her husband’s. And after their five-year-old daughter, Emma, witnesses her father’s suicide, Emma refuses to talk about it…to talk at all. Frantic and guilt ridden, Laura contacts the only person who may be able to help. A man she’s met only once—six years before. A man who doesn’t know he’s Emma’s real father. Guided only by a child’s silence and an old woman’s fading memories, the two unravel a tale of love and despair, of bravery and unspeakable evil. A tale that’s shrouded in silence…and that unbelievably links them all.” I love stories where the characters are linked in surprising ways. One of the main points of this book is that Laura does not know how her father knew Sarah and I have to admit I was unable to figure it out before the reveal was made. The conversations that Laura has with Sarah about her past are so interesting, as Sarah was a psychiatric nurse in a mental hospital in the 1950s. The two couples in the book – Sarah and her husband Joe and Laura and Emma’s father Dylan – are both lovely to read. I love how supportive Dylan becomes, and his relationship with Emma is meaningful as well. All of the characters are multi faceted and interesting and I am looking forward to reading more of Chamberlain’s books!
Have you read anything good lately?