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Publisher's 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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Critic Reviews

"Chamberlain deserves the highest praise for writing this emotionally compelling story of secrets and silence, love and lies." ( Literary Times)
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2 out of 5 stars
By Norma Gustafson on 12-20-14

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 01-05-15

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

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-04-17

Amazing story

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.

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