Friday, April 18, 2014

Book Review: The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain

Imagine finding out that you really knew nothing about your friend. . .

When their friend Noelle suddenly commits suicide, two friend begin to unravel the mystery of why she might have done it. They are confronted with the motivations and find out that perhaps it was "suddenly" at all. Looking for reasons they find much more than they had bargained for including an unfinished letter to a mysterious woman named Anna, and the secrets Noelle kept that tore her apart.

Learning that the Noelle who they had always known, a compassionate midwife who had opened up her heart to them and has a passion for helping other, and reconciling her with the secrets that they learn, becomes a journey with long lasting results that impact their lives forever.

I really liked this book and found it interesting as it alternated between the perspectives of Emerson and Tara, the two close friends of Noelle as well as third person past events that provide us a glimpse of Noelle in the past and what events transpired. Other sections of the book bring other voices of characters from their perspective as well.

I have read other books by this author, including The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes and The Lies we Told. Chamberlain tells a good story, with a dramatic flair, without being too melodramatic. Her characters are complex and are often conflicted, and seem true in their portrayal rather than flat. The interaction between characters are always interesting and often events in the stories challenge the characters to make choices that will impact them in the long run in ways that they cannot foresee.

This book does not disappoint either and I would recommend this for an entertaining read.

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