Summary

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
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"Chamberlain deserves the highest praise for writing this emotionally compelling story of secrets and silence, love and lies." ( Literary Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Avid listener on 20-06-18

Compelling and really quite beautiful story

I was hooked onto this performance of a wonderfully original narrative. Unlike other “silent child” stories I have listened to this was entirely believable and the author has cleverly combined a number of current issues - guilt about the past, casual relationships, the onset of Alzheimer’s. The conclusion was as sad as it was moving. Unusually I felt that these were characters I really wanted to keep in touch with. I will be listening to further stories from this author.

Unlike other listeners, I found the rendition of the stories and the various voices by Justine Eyre entirely appropriate. At no time did her voice drop (always an issue when listening in the car) and after the first few minutes her voice became that of the characters rather than as narrator of the story.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Bridgy on 18-10-17

Can't listen to this narrator

I haven't listened to it all as the narrator had such an uninviting weird tone, gave up after 4 chapters. Will read it on kindle instead.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Norma Gustafson on 20-12-14

Narrator voice was so annoying

Would you try another book from Diane Chamberlain and/or Justine Eyre?

Yes just not read by this narrator. I tried to listen because the story sounded very interesting but I just couldn't do it.

What didn’t you like about Justine Eyre’s performance?

NO

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1 out of 5 stars
By Sandy on 05-01-15

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.

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