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The Lies We Told [Kindle Edition]

Diane Chamberlain
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Maya and Rebecca Ward are both accomplished physicians, but that's where the sisters' similarities end. As teens, they witnessed their parents' murder, but it was Rebecca who saved Maya from becoming another victim.

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, Rebecca and Adam urge Maya to join the relief effort. To please Adam, Maya 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's gone, Rebecca and Adam turn to one another—first for comfort, then in passion—unaware that miles from civilization, Maya is hurt and trapped with strangers she's not sure she can trust. Away from the sister who has always been there to save her, Maya must find the courage to save herself—unaware that the life she knew has changed forever.

Praise for Diane Chamberlain

‘Fans of Jodi Picoult will delight in this finely tuned family drama, with beautifully drawn characters and a string of twists that will keep you guessing right up to the end.' - Stylist

‘A marvellously gifted author. Every book she writes is a gem’ - Literary Times

’Essential reading for Jodi Picoult fans’ Daily Mail

’So full of unexpected twists you'll find yourself wanting to finish it in one sitting. Fans of Jodi Picoult's style will love how Diane Chamberlain writes.’ - Candis

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"Diane Chamberlain is the Southern Jodi Picoult." - New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe "Diane Chamberlain is a marvellously gifted author! Every book she writes is a real gem." - Literary Times


"Diane Chamberlain is the Southern Jodi Picoult." - New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe "Diane Chamberlain is a marvellously gifted author! Every book she writes is a real gem." - Literary Times

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More About the Author

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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 29 Dec. 2010
By HappyT
Loved this book about two very different sisters and their relationship. Great story, couldn't put it down. Author constantly compared with Jodi Picoult but I found Diane Chamberlain to be much better. Would recommend this book and I will be trying some of her other books too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it, but didn't love it........ 12 Mar. 2011
Diane Chamberlain is so very often compared to Jodi Picoult. I love Jodi's books, and i love Diane's too. Both are authors whose books i always have on pre-order, and i would always recommend them to people.

It comes as a surprise to me then, that i'm only giving this one 4 stars instead of the usual 5. I felt it didn't live up to Diane's usual work, don't get me wrong, it was a good book, just not great. Especially compared to some of her previous work.

In The Lies We Told, we are introduced to sisters Maya and Rebecca. Orphaned by the brutal murder of their parents, older sister Rebecca cares for Maya, and is very protective. Once Maya is married to Adam, Rebecca donates alot of her time to DIDA, a charity donating medical care to casualties in areas of natural disaster. Rebecca manages to enlist Adam on 2 weeks of care assistance, aswell as Maya. It's during this time that Maya goes missing, and we find Adam and Rebecca thrown together in grief.

The main body of the story was gripping, and it took me a day and a half to complete the book, but my disappointment came at the ending. I felt it was slightly rushed.

Don't get me wrong, this book is still a keeper for me, but not my favourite of Diane's. If you are new to her work, i'd recommend reading an earlier one first, you won't be disappointed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Started well but was left disappointed 28 Feb. 2011
By GemmyNI
Format:Kindle Edition
This book started off very well however the ending (which became quite obvious halfway through the book) was unrealistic and unfortunately ruined the book for me. I found the relationship between Adam and Rebecca hard to comprehend and found myself skipping parts of the book because of this.

All in all its written well and has a very good beginning and interesting storyline but it was just ok.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 3 Jun. 2011
This is my first Diane Chamberlain book. I was attracted to the blurb on the book that said If You Love Jodi Picoult, you will love Diane Chamberlain. I am a huge Jodi fan and I really don't think you should compare the two. Jodi pours a lot of research into her books and from what I've read. research didn't really figure in this book so I am surprised by the comparison.

The book started out really well and I thought to myself, brilliant! What a great find. But as I progressed into the middle, I was skim reading just to get it over with (I hate not finishing a book!). It got really tiresome in the middle and I found myself really bewildered at Adam and Rebecca's relationship. The ending totally spoilt it for me as I don't think Rebecca's actions match how she looked after her sister all her life. It didn't add up for me. On the plus side, I enjoyed Diane's style of writing and found the book (the interesting parts anyway) easy to follow. The characters were good as was the plot but I just feel it could have been so much more.

I will try another of Diane's books but if that falls flat, I just going to stick with Jodi!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Read 22 Dec. 2010
By Eve2
I read this book in a few days, which is great going for me! Diane makes you really care about the characters and I found myself hoping that there would be a sequel to this story. Once I had finished this I went online to find a list of her books as I have sped through reading 5 of her latest...I recommend her books highly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately did not deliver 27 Feb. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have found Diane Chamberlain books both believable and enchanting, unfortunately The Lies We told just did not seem to deliver. I found myself on numerous occasions having to put this book down as I simply lost interest in the characters and story. Overall a very disappointing book with an ending that made me throw the book across the room and sigh!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Lies We Told 13 April 2011
By Amy
I am a Diane Chamberlain fan, however, I didn't feel like this book lived up to the rest of her books that I have read. The Lies we Told tells the story of sisters Maya and Rebecca, who as teenagers lost both their parents, now, they are trying to get on with their lives, although both sisters have secrets they are keeping from each other and their loved ones, and when Maya goes missing, their secrets begin to come to the surface.

I thought that this book started off well, however, I felt that there was a big section in the middle that dragged on and just wasn't very interesting as there was a lot of focus on a search and rescue team and lots of injured characters we'd never met before were fleetingly brought in.

With a Diane Chamberlain book, I am used to unpredictability and plenty of twists and turns, with this book, however, I didn't think there was enough of either of these things. I could foresee what was coming long before it did and there were not as many twists and turns as I was expecting, although there was the odd few, which was a redeeming factor for me.

The end of the book seemed slightly rushed to me, and I'm not sure whether I liked the way things turned out or not. Aside, from all this, this is still a reasonable enough read but if you're new to the works of Diane Chamberlain then there are other books of hers that I would recommend over this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fab read!
Another fab read from Diane Chamberlain. You won't be disappointed.
Published 3 days ago by B. Brassey
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read
I chose this book because it was about the relationship between two sisters. They parents were murdered that caught my attention. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Published 9 days ago by Boogirl
5.0 out of 5 stars another good story from Diane
This story has so many twists and turns to think about. It is the story of two sisters and their relationship with each other.
Published 17 days ago by debs
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending..
I have now read nearly all of Diane Chamberlain's books after only discovering her six months ago. This is the first one that disappointed me. Read more
Published 20 days ago by K. S. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
One of her best..... lives built on foundation of guilt and secrecy... characters interesting. The way they behave towards each other influences they way they are... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the Best
Normally I dive into a Dianne Chamberlain book and nothing comes between me and the ending, but I found this was not really up to the normal high standards I usually get from the... Read more
Published 26 days ago by sujay
5.0 out of 5 stars It was full of excitement and adventure which I thoroughly enjoyed....
Another spell binding book, which held my interest right to the end. It was full of excitement and adventure which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Full of mystery and intrigue. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Marilyn Carne
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read but disappointing 'ending'
I did enjoy this book but I felt the 'end' was a a cop out. The characters developed in such a way that it was all leading to a very messy and tricky situation. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jem
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