The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
Every week when I do our weekly food shop, I peruse the book aisle in Sainsburys. For weeks this cover caught my eye and I resisted... then it disappeared. So naturally I had to have it, and hunted it down until it was mine. Yeh, I get that obsessive - nothing haunts you like the things you didn't buy!
The back cover blurb hooked me. "Riley MacPherson 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... Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity."
I absolutely loved this story! A ridiculous number of plot twists that kept me hooked right from the start, I read this in just a couple of days. Usually I'm such a slow reader, so this was a real success for me. I love a mystery, and love looking for clues and hooks as I read, trying to beat the characters to the truth! This didn't disappoint, forever tricking me and taking the story down routes I didn't expect. The story went back and forwards in time, and to and fro between Riley's story and her sister Lisa's story. This really helped you empathise with the characters, keeping you hooked and pressing on. Unlike many other books, this flowed smoothly between past, present and different characters. Prepare yourself for twists, turns, shocks... and hours lost being sucked into this fast-paced novel.
I haven't read anything by Diane Chamberlain before but will definitely be looking out for her name on the charity shop book shelves. I counted an impressive twenty-five other titles at the back of this book, so hopefully will stumble upon one sooner rather than later. My 'must find' list is getting pretty expensive now and I'm fast becoming a regular in my local Oxfam Books. The chaps who work there are so helpful and often go and hunt out titles for me in the stock room if I can't find them on the shelves.
Have you read The Silent Sister?