Breaking the Silence by Diane Chamberlain

By Diane Chamberlain

Laura Brandon's promise to her loss of life father was once uncomplicated: to go to an aged girl she'd by no means heard of sooner than. a girl who recollects nothing—except the far away earlier. traveling Sarah Tolley appeared a sufficiently small sacrifice to make.But Laura's promise ends up in one other loss of life. Her husband's. And after their five-year-old daughter, Emma, witnesses her father's suicide, Emma refuses to speak about it…to speak at all.Frantic and guilt ridden, Laura contacts the one one who are able to aid. a guy she's met basically once—six years ahead of. a guy who does not comprehend he is Emma's genuine father.Guided purely through a kid's silence and an previous woman's fading stories, the 2 resolve a story of affection and depression, of bravery and unspeakable evil. A story that is shrouded in silence…and that unbelievably hyperlinks all of them.

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The hardest call for her to make after Ray’s death had been to Stuart. He lived in Connecticut, and as a marketing representative for a textbook company, he traveled frequently. She’d worried he might be on the road, but she’d found him at home. Stuart had cried when she told him. Big gulping sobs that frightened her, they were so out of character for him. He’d adored and admired his older brother. Ray was all the blood family Stuart had. Stuart was staying in the town house while he was in Leesburg, but he was staying there alone.

Heather said. She drew a reasonable facsimile of the expression on the sheet of paper. At least that’s what it looked like from where Laura was sitting. “Now show me a very sad face,” Heather said. It was now July. It had been more than six months since Ray’s death, more than six months since Emma had uttered a word. It seemed impossible. The child whose preschool teacher had called Laura to complain about her disruptive talking. The child who would follow Laura or Ray around the house with nonstop questions and pervasive chatter.

Emma studied the faces for a moment and pointed to one of them. Laura couldn’t tell which one from where she was sitting. ” Emma pointed, and Laura craned her neck in vain, longing to see which face she’d selected. Heather was Emma’s third counselor. Laura had walked out on the last one after the woman told her that she should have taken Emma to Ray’s memorial service to “help her connect with reality,” that she should have had Emma make a gift to tuck into Ray’s casket with him, and that she should have moved immediately back into the town house to show Emma it was in no way haunted by Ray’s death.

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