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.
Diane Chamberlain is a master story teller. The beauty of this work is magnified by the exquisite detail with which she develops the characters. The story is a mystery that unfolds piece by piece in both the present day and through the memories of a time long ago that is not at all forgotten.
When Laura Brandon's father lay dying, his last request is that she make sure an elderly woman she has never heard of is cared for. While Laura is busy balancing a successful career and raising her young daughter with her husband, she can't help but commit to her father in his last moments. However, the visceral reaction of her husband to the request is something that takes her aback. Has she been neglecting her family for her own pursuits? Now that her father is gone will she be able to devote more time at home?
When her husband loses his battle with depression and her daughter stops speaking, Laura is at a loss for how to help her family. The one thing she knows for sure, however, is that she is going to keep her promise to her father. On Laura's visits to Sarah Tolley, she can immediately see the difference her attention and walks with Sarah make. Although suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's, Sarah enjoys talking about her past. As Laura searches for a clue to how her father knew this woman, she is taken on an adventure that will change everything, and that may have even cost people their lives.
As Sarah delves into the past, Laura makes progress towards her future. Can she help her daughter learn to talk again? Is the man that has haunted her fantasies a real possibility for her future? What secrets did her father keep?
Breaking the Silence is a riveting novel. The plot is outstanding in its intricacies and originality. The characters are realistic, well developed, and have depth which makes them memorable long after the story finishes. Diane Chamberlain's writing reminds me of Jodi Picoult. This novel is part mystery, suspense and romance and will absolutely leave the reader wanting to read more by this author.
Justine Eye narrates the audiobook version of this story and is excellent. The narration is clear and precise. Her voice is soothing, crisp, and perfect for the story.
NARRATED BY: JUSTINE EYRE
LENGTH: 10 HRS AND 51 MINS
RELEASE DATE: 09/08/2014
PUBLISHER : TANTOR AUDIO