Mar 11, 2014

Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain

A Father's Dying Wish. A Husband's Shocking Suicide. A Daughter's Inexplicable Silence.
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 borrowed the summary from Amazon. I bought this book in a bundle and so far I'm very happy with my purchase. Laura Brandon is an astronomer who travels the world together with her daughter. Then her father dies and he explicitly asks her to visit Sarah Tolley which she does. She leaves Emma with her husband Ray. When she comes back something terrible has happened. Ray has killed himself and Emma's stopped talking, so Laura doesn't exactly know what happened to her child. When she takes Emma to a therapist she's been given the advise to find Emma's real father.
Diane Chamberlain tells both Laura and Emma's story and she simultaneously writes about what happened in Sarah's life. At first there doesn't seem to be any connection between her father and Sarah and piece by piece Laura starts to unravel the truth. The story is pretty straightforward and the plot is interesting. The whole thing has been carefully and skillfully put together. I liked the style and the shocking background was carefully put together which made the story even more interesting.

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