Thursday, January 28, 2010

(8) Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain.


Well, bummer. I figured out the big twist with about 100 pages to go.

Breaking the Silence is a reissue by Diane Chamberlain. Originally published in 1999, the difference a decade makes is evident in the little details. Like the fact that they put a movie in the VCR for Emma. But little details, aside. The book was a decent one. I was a little disappointed to have it figured out with so much of the story left to go, but I did.

The story is an interesting story. Laura's life is turned upside down when her father dies and a few weeks later her husband commits suicide. In front of their daughter, leaving her brutally traumatized. So traumatized she has not uttered a word since the night he committed suicide.

To top things off, on the night her father died, he made a deathbed request. Visit Sarah Trolley in her nursing home. It wasn't so much a request, as a plea. Oh yeah, and Laura's husband wasn't Emma's biological father. Her bio daddy was a one night stand. But at the request of Emma's therapist, Laura calls him with hopes of showing Emma that not all men yell & kill themselves.

Whew. Sounds like a lot to work into a plot. But you know what, it works. At the heart of the story is a mother trying to help her daughter at all costs. Will Laura be able to do what it takes to break her daughter's silence?

Breaking the Silence was a fast read. It held my interest enough to read in one afternoon/evening. Is it deserving of awards or accolades? No, but it is good enough to waste a dreary afternoon reading.

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