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Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain

Breaking the Silence

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From the No. 1 bestselling author of The Lost Daughter, Breaking the Silence tells the story of Laura Brandon’s seemingly easy promise to her dying father: to visit an elderly woman she’d never heard him speak of before. But Laura’s promise results in another death, her husband’s... Diane’s novels are wonderfully emotional and gripping, dealing with issues which make us question all our own assumptions. Complete with reading extras, including book club questions, Breaking the Silence will add value for book club members as well as to lone readers.

If you like Diane Chamberlain you might also like to read books by Heather Gudenkauf, Joshilyn Jackson and Jodi Picoult.


Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain

Laura Brandon's promise to her dying father was simple: to visit an elderly woman she'd never heard him speak of before. A woman who remembers nothing - except the distant past. Visiting Sarah Tolley seemed a small enough sacrifice to make. But Laura's promise results in another death - her husband's. And after their five-year-old daughter, Emma, witnesses her father's suicide, Emma refuses to talk about it...or to talk at all. Frantic and guilt-ridden, Laura contacts the only person who may be able to help, a man she's met only once 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, bravery and unspeakable evil. This is a tale that links them all. It is a tale shrouded in silence...


Praise for Breaking the Silence:

'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

About the Author

Diane Chamberlain

Award-winning author Diane Chamberlain, was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended Glassboro State University. She also lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia, where she still resides.

Diane received her master’s degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, she was a medical social worker at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego and Children’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. She also was a psychotherapist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia., working primarily with adolescents. Diane’s background in psychology and her work in hospitals has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

Several years ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which has changed the way she works: she occasionally types using voice recognition software. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she is able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy travel schedule.

Diane has three married stepdaughters, three grandchildren and two shelties. She lives with photographer John Pagliuca in North Carolina where she's at work on her next novel.

Author photo © John Pagliuca

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17th December 2010


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Mira Books


416 pages


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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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