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The Midwife’s Confession

Reviewed by Brittney

Just the Facts: by Diane Chamberlain. 432 p. Published April 26, 2011 by MIRA (Harlequin).  Advanced review copy provided in electronic format courtesy of the publisher, through NetGalley.

Verdict: ★★★★

Who Cares? Women’s Fiction / Mystery

Short Bio: Two middle-aged women, Tara and Emerson, are utterly shocked with their best friend Noelle unexpectedly commits suicide.  As they search for the answer to why Noelle ended her life, they unravel an incredible deception kept secret by their friend for many years – one that challenges everything they thought they knew about their dear friend.

Eyewitness Account:  If you are a Nicholas Sparks or Jodi Picoult fan, then you will definitely LOVE this book.  I (quite honestly) can’t stand Sparks or Picoult books – but I still liked this book a lot.  This genre, in general, tends to lend itself to very contrived scenarios intended to wrench your heart (which usually leaves me feeling emotionally manipulated).  However, Chamberlain manages to pull it off with so much more grace than her peers – perhaps because her characters and their relationships are developed in such a realistic way that they are easy to empathize with.  I truly felt like I was plopped down in the middle of a group of people who had complex relationships – that their friendships had the depth that comes with years of shared experiences and history.  The rotating point of view gives you a glimpse of the same “reality” through each of the main characters, which gives the story a multi-dimensional quality.  I really liked that all of Noelle’s secrets weren’t discovered by her two friends (even though the reader is privy to them when Noelle narrates).  Although the plot twists were fairly predictable, I found it didn’t bother me because the story itself was engaging and interesting.  A very good read from a very good author.

Notable Quotes:

“It was like a missing piece of my heart suddenly appeared in the doorway. Can you understand that?”

I nodded.  The missing piece of my own heart was in the room at the end of the hall, and on this difficult day, I felt that piece slipping slowly, cautiously back into place.

Other Books Read by This Author: None – but I will definitely keep this author on my radar.

What are other people saying? Book Addiction, Peeking Between the Pages, Teresa’s Reading Corner

Rating:

★★★★ Plot Development

★★★★ Characterization

★★★★ Writing Style

★★★★ Original Idea

★★★★★ Page Turner

Overall ★★★★

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