Book: The Silent Sister
Author: Diane Chamberlain
This is my 41st read for the year
This is the story about Riley. Her father has just died and she has returned to his house to sort out his final wishes. Her mother died years ago,and her elder brother - a man who never fully recovered from a childhood tragedy and his time in a war- isn't much help so she finds herself sorting through her father's belongings alone. Going through her father's belongings brings up a past where her eldest sister had committed suicide at the age of 17 and destroyed their family forever. However, as Riley starts to weed through her father's things and talk to her father's friends, she finds that the past isn't at all what it seems.
This was a pretty good book. You quickly figure out what the big secrets are pretty early in the book, but the story was still enjoyable. I listened to this book, and the narrator did a good job. Riley is a bit of a petulant child at the age of 25, and I found her quick anger and hot and cold attitude toward people a bit immature for her age. The story unfolds nicely as it goes back and forth between Riley in the present and the story of her long lost sister in the past. While I would like to say there is a big mystery to be solved here - there just isn't. But it was an enjoyable story for a summer read.