Breaking the Silence

Breaking the Silence

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"My husband shot himself in our bedroom. When I got home, Emma was standing at the bottom of the stairs, screaming. "Since that awful day, Laura Brandon's little girl hasn't uttered a word. When a psychiatrist suggests that Emma won't talk because she's terrified of men, Laura is guilt-ridden. To help Emma, she needs to know what unspeakable secret lies behind her husband's suicide.Laura thought her family was perfect, but her quest leads her to a shocking truth. For her child's sake, should her father's sins be kept silent?Praise for Diane Chamberlain `Fans of Jodi Picoult will delight in this finely tuned family drama, with beautifully drawn characters and a string of twists that will keep you guessing right up to the end.' - Stylist`A marvellously gifted author. Every book she writes is a gem' - Literary Times'Essential reading for Jodi Picoult fans' Daily Mail'So full of unexpected twists you'll find yourself wanting to finish it in one sitting. Fans of Jodi Picoult's style will love how Diane Chamberlain writes.' - Candisshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 32mm | 322.05g
  • Mira Books
  • Don Mills, Canada
  • English
  • 0778304140
  • 9780778304142
  • 29,029

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"Chamberlain deserves the highest praise for writing this emotionally compelling story of secrets and silence, love and lies." - Literary Times "The story offers relentless suspense and intriguing psychological insight (Chamberlain is a former psychotherapist) as well as a satisfying love story." - Publishers Weekly"show more

About Diane Chamberlain

Diane Chamberlain is the bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Midwife's Confession and The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes. Diane lives in North Carolina and is currently at work on her next novel. Visit her Web site at and her blog at and her Facebook page at more

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8,915 ratings
4.16 out of 5 stars
5 40% (3,549)
4 40% (3,604)
3 17% (1,485)
2 2% (209)
1 1% (68)

Our customer reviews

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 more
by Librarian Lavender
What a page-turner! Again, Chamberlain's descriptions give little away, and it may seem like a pretty uninteresting story, but you'd be surprised at the twists and turns in this book! Story moves from the present to the past, and anyone with an interest in psychology or neuropsychological research would find this one particularly interesting! My favourite one so far by more
by Emma Harkin
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