May 21, 2010

The Lies We Told by Diane Chamberlain

The Lies We Told
Author:  Diane Chamberlain
Publisher:  Mira
Paperback, 384 pgs.
Published May 25, 2010

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 Lies We Told is a really good book. It’s the story of two sisters, completely different yet close due to the murder of their parents when they were younger.

Maya and Rebecca are both doctors, yet in totally different realms. Rebecca, the older sister, who took guardianship over Maya when there parents were murdered is a adventure seeking, independent person, who seems somewhat cold. She’s a doctor for DIDA, which is a non profit organization that goes around the world where they are needed when disasters happen. Maya is timid, and co-dependent, and constantly scared and works in safety of a hospital. Maya has been trying to have a baby with her husband Adam, and the wear and tear of concieving and losing babies is taking it’s toll on them, and their marriage. When a storm hits the U.S Coast both Rebecca and Adam leave with DIDA to help out. With the disaster area out of control, Adam calls Maya to come and help. Maya being afraid of anything outside the norm is hesitant to go, but knowing that going will make Adam happy she decides to go. While there Maya is sent on a helicopter to help the transporting of a patients that are seriously injured to a local hospital, when it crashes. Soon both Rebecca and Adam learn of the crash, and are devastated. After surviving the crash, Maya begins a journey of her own. She is stranded on an island with a couple that are backwoods. They prefer to live outside of the ongoing world, and prefer to be isolated. I really can’t say enough about this book. It kept me up all night reading, though I have to say the ending was unbelievable, but darn can Diane Chamberlain weave a story so mesmerizing that a bad ending takes nothing away from the story.

Throughout the story we learn bits and pieces about what happened that night their parents were murdered, slowly everything starts coming out. This was a really interesting part in the The Lies We Told, because the book starts off with the murder of their parents in a prologue. From the beginning we know the secrets will revolve around the murder.

Diane Chamberlain is quickly becoming a must read author for me. I’ve yet to read anything from her that I didn’t like. The Lies We Told does not disappoint.

Rating: 4.5

Received copy from publisher for honest review


  1. The sister sleeps with the husband? The hussy ;) *wink wink*
    Happy weekend :)

  2. I LOVE Diane Chamberlain!!!! I've read everything (except this) Thank for the great review! And I agree, I haven't read anything I didn't like!

  3. I've never heard of this author before... I should def. check her out! :)

  4. I just got through reading this one. Chamberlain never fails to keep you hooked with her fast-moving stories and the twists and turns. I linked to you in my review:


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