Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Review: The Lies We Told by Diane Chamberlain

The Lies We Told The Lies We Told by Diane Chamberlain

Note: Book will be published on May 25, 2010

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.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this book, much more than I'd anticipated. It's difficult to categorize ... it has elements of chick-lit but it is so much more. Overall, this novel contains a very compelling story with really interesting characters. The pacing of the novel is excellent ... it has a steady, impactful pace. I didn't want to put it down because I HAD to know what was coming next. This is definitely a page turner! The story was told in alternating voices which is a interesting way for a story to unfold. It has a little bit of everything - great dialogue, excellent characterization, thoughtful themes, and a lot of action. All packed into one! I think Diane Chamberlain does a great job in packaging all of it together so well.

To be fair, some of it was fairly predictable and some of it was not. However, despite this very small flaw, I think the book was really good. It told an interesting story that gave me a lot to think about in terms of how the events of our lives shape us and change us. And also how much power we have to change our lives despite the events that shape us.

In the end, I recommend this one. It's a really good, solid book.

NOTE: I received the galley proofs of this title from Harlequin for review.

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