I picked this book up from the library because I’d seen it on a ‘books not to miss’ list on pinterest one afternoon. The blurb sounded interesting so I placed a reservation and bought it home in my latest haul from the library. I found myself picking it up for the first time after work one evening while my dinner was cooking and I did not put it down until I had finished the last page later that night.
This story absolutely captivated me from the first few pages and the more I read on, the more I was desperate to know what was going to happen. The book begins with Riley MacPherson travelling home to clear out the family home after her father’s death. Her mother died several years prior and her brother, Danny. is an army vet complete with PTSD from his time in Iraq and a leg injury. As she starts to sort through a lifetime of items she finds pictures of her family before the suicide of her much older sister, Lisa, who was a violin prodigy. Danny, who remembers the happy family they had previously been, hates Lisa as he blames her suicide on the distance and depression of their parents through-out their whole lives. Riley, however doesn’t remember her sister or the time before so harbours no resentment. Instead, she discovers a series of inconsistencies and revelations that drive her on a relentless journey to discover the truth. Who was Lisa and why did she die? If, in fact, she did commit suicide.
Now, the characters in this book were not perfect. Riley doesn’t seem to have much personality to her, but as she is struggling with the death of her father, the breakdown of her brother and the end of a long relationship, I think we can forgive her for being numb. The book takes us through the past and present and the two stories of Lisa and Riley are woven together. The conclusion was party predictable, but that took nothing away from my enjoyment of this wonderful mystery novel. Definitely one to add to your reading list!
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Get the book here: The Silent Sister