Laura Brandon's promise to her dying father was simple: to visit an elderly woman she'd never heard 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 - 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 - 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.
©1999 Diane Chamberlain (P)2014 Tantor
"Chamberlain deserves the highest praise for writing this emotionally compelling story of secrets and silence, love and lies." (Literary Times)
I couldn't stop listening to this - found myself sneaking out into the kitchen hoping there was washing up to do so I could listen to a bit more! The plot is so clever with a couple of twists I didn't guess. Fascinating yet disturbing storyline inspired by secret experiments carried out in psychiatric hospitals in the 50s including lobotomies, LSD drugging and electric shock treatment. It's about one family whose lives are changed forever by the deeds of one maniacal doctor. The mystery unfolded brilliantly. Narrator was flawless. Highly recommended.
"Narrator voice was so annoying"
Yes just not read by this narrator. I tried to listen because the story sounded very interesting but I just couldn't do it.
"can't listen to the narrator"
I can't finish the first chapter of this book because the narrator whines and sounds as though she is about to burst into tears. She sounds this way even when she's reading as the child. I have never stopped a book this early but I can't stand her voice.
Another great book by Chamberlain-maybe a little slow at times-or maybe just dragged down by the awful pretentious narration!
"Great story, terrible narration"
no, the narrator was difficult to listen to, her voice was whispery and annoying
Anything else by the author, others have been great to listen to such as Silent Sister.
"Keeps you listening."
You know that there has got to be more to the story but you just can't figure out what it is. I listened to every last word of this book and it took more twists and turns, and they were all very feasible story lines, not something that you would find hard to imagine.
That its based on events that really happened. Maybe not exactly as told in this story, but the thread of the story is based on facts.
She is a good narrator, she told the story well.
Because of this book I will listen to other books by this author, and I will recommend this book and author to others.
Needed a different narrator. May have just been the person reading it but the story was very hokey.
One of my least favorite
"Narrator was difficult to hear"
I so enjoyed the Silent Sister that I couldn't wait to hear more of Diane Chamberlain's books. Breaking the Silence, while the story was enticing, the narrator read with such a breathy, quiet voice I found myself backing up repeatedly to hear what she said. Sorry. Don't think I'll listen to any more in this genre for a while.
When Laura found out her dad wanted her to care for a complete stranger with no explanation. Kept me listening to just find out why he cared for her all these years without his daughter knowing anything about her.
Not much. As I said above, she was too breathy and quiet for me to enjoy.
Probably. Like the premise of the book.
"Will keep you interested"
As all of Diane Chamberlain's books, she grabs you right from the start. The twist and turns keep you interested.
This story has lots of plots and twist, yet is easy to follow and keep the characters straight
Yes, she was pleasant to listen to. She was a good actress, playing each character.
I will not quit until I have listened to all of Diane Chamberlains books. So far I have loved them all.
"Narrarator is Horrible"
Story is outstanding, but I barely got through with the terrible narration. Story was great, but please never use this narrator again!
"WAKE UP NARRATOR!"
I rarely complain but, the narrartor sounded like she really just wanted to take a nap instead of reading. This really made me want to nap, so sad the story had alot more to offer.
Dylan, he was just so pure about his feelings.
Just about anyone
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