Monday, June 28, 2010

Book Review - The Lies We Told by Diane Chamberlain

From Goodreads:

Maya and Rebecca Ward are both accomplished physicians, but that's where the sisters' similarities end. As teenagers, they witnessed their parents' murder, but it was Rebecca who saved Maya from becoming another of the gunman's victims. The tragedy left Maya cautious and timid, settling for a sedate medical practice with her husband, Adam, while Rebecca became the risk taker.

After a devastating hurricane hits the coast of North Carolina, Rebecca and Adam urge Maya to join them in the relief effort. To please her husband, Maya finally agrees. She loses herself in the care and transport of victims, but when her helicopter crashes into raging floodwaters, there appear to be no survivors.

Forced to accept Maya is gone, Rebecca and Adam turn to one another—first for comfort, then in passion—unaware that, miles from civilization, Maya is injured and trapped with strangers she's not certain she can trust. Away from the sister who has always been there to save her, now Maya must find the courage to save herself—unaware that the life she knew has changed forever.

My Thoughts:

This was an enjoyable read from start to finish.

Sisters Maya and Rebecca couldn't be more different. Maya longs to be a mom, and Rebecca is totally career-oriented. Both are medical doctors. Maya is married to Adam, also a medical doctor. Rebecca is single, and plans to stay that way....until a horrible turn of events changes her life and the lives of many others in a drastic way.
Maya is the shy, timid type character who is safely ensconced in her role as a pediatrician. When she is called upon to help out in a disaster relief effort after 2 hurricanes, she is put to the test. Her husband and sister are already there helping out, and Maya doesn't want to disappoint them. This turn of events changes Maya's life in ways that she could never imagine.

I found myself cheering Maya on to take steps that were totally out of character for her. She was able to find an inner strength that she never even knew that she possesed. Her sister Rebecca kind of rubbed me the wrong way....her character being very out-spoken and bossy. I had no idea how this story was going to play out, and I was very pleasantly surprised at the end.

This is the first of Diane Chamberlain's books that I have read. Now I am eager to get my hands on her other books. I have already ordered 3 others.....The Secret Life of Cee Cee Wilkes, Secrets She Left Behind and Summer's Child. I can't wait to read them.

I highly recommend The Lies We Told.....a riveting and rewarding story of loss, love and finding out what is most important in life.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778328538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778328537


The Book Chick said...

I agree! The ending, while not entirely what I expected, was great, and the whole book surprised me by how much I enjoyed it!

StephTheBookworm said...

So glad to hear this was a good one! I've not read her other books either, but she sounds like a promising author!

Wall-to-wall books said...

Diane Chamberlain is one of my favorite Authors, I've read them all! Except this one, LOL. Glad to hear it was good.

If you like her, read "Escape Artist" that one was my very favorite.

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Julie P said...

Great review! I have this book on my shelf, I just haven't read it yet....

Priya Parmar said...

this sounds fascinating--haunting and impossible.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

A friend recommended Diane Chamberlain but I haven't read any of her books yet. The reviews for this one are so good that I think I will start with this one when I get my hands on it. Good to know you enjoyed it so much you are reading more of her books! Great review!


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