I received this book for free from Library for review consideration, opinions expressed are 100% my own. This post contains affiliate links as indicated by an asterisk. Purchases from these links provides a small commission to me at no extra cost to you.The Lies We Told by Diane Chamberlain
Published by Mira Books
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction
Setting: USA-North Carolina
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A suspenseful thrill ride about two sisters and how they deal with grief and tragedy.
Synopsis 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.”
The story is about two sisters who endure witnessing the tragic murder of their parents as teenagers. It’s interesting how these sisters lives diverge from this tragedy. The characters are real and relatable, the way the sisters deal with their grief molds them into the adults they are to become. How would you handle witnessing such a tragedy? Become a strong, independent, risk-taker like Rebecca or a timid, safety-first life like Maya? I am an only child myself and very timid and cautious. As a mother, I’m always fascinated how different my kids personalities are from each other although they have the same DNA and upbringing. Is it nature, nurture or our life experiences along the way that develops our personalities?
This book was also set in my home state of North Carolina during a hurricane no less. I’ve lived in NC for more than half my life and we know to take threats of hurricanes seriously. We don’t live on the beautiful NC Coast and still Hurricane Fran in the 90’s took out our power for a few days. The high winds were terrifying as it knocked down trees and power lines like they were toothpicks. We were on the Coast when Hurricane Ophelia came upon shore. We were evacuated from the condos and our week vacation was cut short. Before we left, we took some amazing pictures of the surf, huge waves that hours later would pound the coast and flood homes. Reading about the hurricane victims and picturing the rain and high winds that accompany these natural disasters hit close to home for me as well.
This was the first Diane Chamberlain book I read and I must say one of my favorite books so far. She captivated my attention from the first page and I never suspected the events that would unfold. Although my library classified this as a romance book, I would classify it more as a suspense. The romance is second to the twists and turns that kept me guessing (and it turns out, I never did guess right).
Will Maya ever make it back to Adam and Rebecca? How has her life changed since the helicopter accident? Will Adam choose Maya or Rebecca? Yep, you guessed it, you gotta read it to find out. But don’t worry, it won’t take you long, I couldn’t put it down!
“Every family has a story, and I love that those stories are etched in sand rather than granite. That way we can change them. We can bury the lies and embrace the truth. And we can move forward.”
Do you have siblings? How similar are you in your personalities? Are you a Rebecca or a Maya? Ever been through a hurricane? I’d love to hear your stories. As always, happy reading!