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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0751549274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0751549270
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning author Diane Chamberlain, was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended Glassboro State University. She also lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia, where she still resides.
Diane received her master's degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University.

Prior to her writing career, she was a medical social worker at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego and Children's Hospital in Washington, D.C. She also was a psychotherapist in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia., working primarily with adolescents. Diane's background in psychology and her work in hospitals has given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

Several years ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which has changed the way she works: she occasionally types using voice recognition software. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she is able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy travel schedule.

When not writing, Diane enjoys fixing up her house, playing with her three-legged Bernese Mountain Dog, Bruin, getting together with her friends and grown stepdaughters, and singing with an interfaith gospel choir.

Diane is the author of the bestselling Midwife's Confession. Her new book Keeper of the Light is out in January 2012


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Deeply compelling and moving Heat So full of unexpected twists you'll find yourself wanting to finish it in one sitting Candis Emotional, complex and laced with suspense ... a brilliant read Closer Diane Chamberlain is a marvellously gifted author. Every book she writes is a gem Literary Times

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You think you had the perfect childhood.

You think you have the perfect life.

Are you ready to face the devastating truth?


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Aug. 2011
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I enjoyed this book but as one of the earlier reviewers has commented, this book was slightly more predictable than some of her other efforts. On a personal level I also felt that I didn't engage with these characters as much as I have with her other creations in the past and the storyline just wasn't as compelling.

The book focuses on two estranged sisters. Firstly there is the ever optimistic Claire, a director of a rehabilitation centre and with a seemingly perfect life and marriage. On the other end of the spectrum is bristly Vanessa, a doctor who is struggling to get over the traumatic events of her childhood that have seemingly marked her beyond measure. When Claire encounters a jumper from a bridge and is unable to save her, it seems to cause the emergence of memories that she has long since repressed, which threatens to destroy everything she holds dear.

As an author, Diane Chamberlain excels in slowly unravelling the narrative piece by piece, and because this story is told from the point of view of both Vanessa and Claire, you can see the story from two different perspectives which adds an interesting dimension to the proceedings as well as two opposing emotional viewpoints. I did find that the little twists in this story weren't quite as clever as in her previous books, but this was still a very readable family drama.

For me though, I really found it hard to empathise with Claire- her perpetual optimism and insistence on brushing everything under the carpet was so irritating and if I'm honest, a bit unbelievable. I actually preferred Vanessa, who although she came across as a harsher, colder person was a bit less two-dimensional.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2012
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When Claire Harte-Mathias attempts but fails to prevent a woman from suicide by jumping off a bridge her whole life changes. Following this tragedy Claire finds herself in a strange place in her life when memories from the past come back to haunt and consume her, to the point where Claire and her husband find their marriage in danger.
Diane Chamberlain always manages to get right to the core of the matter, especially when writing about sensitive issues, this book being no exception.
A thoroughly good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pinkdebster on 9 May 2012
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I've read a few of Diane Chamberlain's novels - some better than others. However, I have no preconception and started this book with an open mind.

I loved it and couldn't put it down (annoying when I "should" be studying but for me a sign of a good book!!) - I won't go into details as it's already been said - my only criticism would be that I felt the book drew me towards the end which was over in a flash. The prelude was dramatic and I just feel the "conclusion" was too brief and hurried.

Having said that, I'd have no hesitation in recommending this book and will definitely read another by this author.
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By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 April 2012
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As with her other novels this book deals with complex issues such as suicide, sexual abuse and survivor guilt.

Whilst driving home from a conference Claire Harte-Mathias spots a woman standing on a bridge so she gets out of her car to try and talk to her but sadly fails to prevent the woman from jumping. She doesn't realise it at the time but this tragedy has a monumental effect on her life as it triggers flashbacks of repressed memories that she doesn't understand as she'd had the perfect childhood....hadn't she? She's trying to piece together the memories to see what they mean but the images just don't make sense to her.

Meanwhile Claire's sister Vanessa, who she hasn't seen since she was a child as she was taken by her father when her parent's split, has no such problem remembering what had happened to her and she's used this as a platform in her career to help other vulnerable children. When she's asked to approach a senator to ask him to sponsor their campaign she realises that he is infact the man who had abused her as a child.

It is interesting to see the story from both viewpoints and different memories of their childhood, Claire has always been the ever optimist who sees the positive in every situation which was the way she was brought up by her mother Mellie who tried to wipe the events from her memory, whereas Vanessa has fought hard to make a success of her life whilst dealing with the issues of her abuse and subsequent behaviour.

Diane's next book to be released in the UK is The Good Father and the good news is that we've only got a couple of months to wait as it's due out in June.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ang on 9 April 2012
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I wont go into the story as others have done . I have read All of Diane Chamberlain's books and although I did predict the twist quicker than her other books it did not take away my need to not put the book down. Every single spare second I had I was reading as with all her books. The book was amazing, interesting and every bit as addictive as all of Chamberlain's books. I loved it. Brass Ring is a must read. Diane Chamberlain books are addictive, It's a good thing that she doesn't write them as quick as I read them ( a day and a half) or I would have no life at all.
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