The Lies We Told by Diane Chamberlain tells the story of sisters Maya and Rebecca - both are accomplished physicians but otherwise living very different lives. Maya lives with her husband Adam and is a pediatrician in a local practice while Rebecca jets from catastrophe to catastrophe as a disaster relief physician and thrives on the her crazy, unsettled life. As teenagers, they witnessed the brutal murder of their parents and that tragedy has created a bond between these very different sisters.
As the story progresses, however, we learn that their bond has some cracks and that they have told each other lies over the years to protect themselves but also to protect each other. It also becomes clear that their parents' murder has influenced both of them in more ways than either admit until another crisis forces them to face their past, the lies they have told and how it has all shaped them today.
This book is beautifully written and the characters are very well developed. I really felt that I got to know Maya and Rebecca so that I celebrated as they evolved throughout the novel. Despite the well developed characters, the story does not become predictable; in fact, I was quite surprised by a number of twists in the last third of the book.
The Lies We Told is an engrossing, pleasurable read and I will certainly pick up other books by this author.
Thank you to Tricia at Media Muscle for sending me this book for review.