Fiction Mystery/Thriller/Suspense Recommendations

The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain

Thank God for Diane Chamberlain and The Silent Sister for breaking my six-book-long reading rut. As a self-proclaimed bookworm, there is nothing worse than reading book after book I feel luke warm about. Because I am a writer as well as a reader and believe in karma, I will not go into details about those books I didn’t love, and jump straight to the one I did!

Upon her father’s unexpected death, Riley MacPherson, returns home to New Bern, North Carolina to execute his will and clean her family’s home to get it market-ready. In the process, she discovers a family secret that leaves her questioning everything she thought she knew about her family as well as where she fits into it.

I had a hard time pinpointing who would love this book as much as I did because it fits into many subgenres. Like every good mystery, it kept me up at night as I obsessively flipped pages to see what happens next. But it is lighter – in content and writing style – than your typical suspense or thriller. It also explores what it’s like to be a woman today and delves headfirst into family issues. So my consensus is this: The Silent Sister is for fans of women’s fiction, family saga, and mystery readers looking for a break from dead bodies and dark motives.



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  • Reply Terri Roseth November 29, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    OK, Alex, I’m sold on The Silent Sister … intrigued. Will order it on Amazon ebooks tonight! Thanks so much for this wonderful site and especially for the FB post that reminds me you have this wonderful site!

    • Reply alexkiester December 1, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      Hi Terri, I hope you love it! Let me know! And thank YOU for visiting and checking in!

  • Reply Shannon Phillips December 19, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Just finished it and it was everything you promised! On to another one of your recommendations…

    • Reply alexkiester December 19, 2016 at 9:52 pm

      Hi Shannon! So glad you liked it! If you haven’t read Big Little Lies or The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty, I highly recommend both of those! With a blend of suspense and addictive women’s fiction, she is one of my go-to authors. Thanks again for checking in!

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