I skipped last month’s book review because I didn’t actually finish the book. But sometimes that just happens in life. The thing with being in a book club is we end up talking about the whole book, which makes it hard for me to go back and finish it later when I already know what is going to happen. I didn’t really love that book anyway though, so it wasn’t that big of a deal to me. This months book was different though and I loved it! I was bad and didn’t start it until last weekend, but it was so good that I finished it in 3 days. It was a mystery book which are my favorites. The book we read was called The Silent Sister by Diane Chamerlain.
The book was about this girl, Riley, who grew up her whole life believing that her older sister committed suicide as a teenager. Riley was only 2 years old at the time so she doesn’t remember anything. Twenty years later, her Dad passes away and she is forced to clean out his house. It is there that she starts finding evidence that life may have been very different than she thought growing up. Her sister is still alive. And she is not exactly who Riley thought she was. Why has she been in hiding all these years? Her parents are both dead and her brother hates their older sister for some reason, so Riley spends the majority of the book trying to figure out the truth about her family and her past.
The author goes back and forth between the perspective of Riley and her sister. When Riley is narrating, the story is being told in the present with her trying to figure out what happened to her family and why her sister has been a mystery all these years. When her sister is narrating, the story is being told in the past of how she left the family and made a new life for herself, but also not completely letting go. It was those slight connections the sister held on to that led Riley to her evidence of still being alive. The book had so many twists and turns that made it hard to stop reading. Although some of them got to be a little unbelievable, it was still really interesting and a well written book. If you like mystery books, especially ones that revolve around families, then this is the book for you.