Title: The Midwife’s Confession
Author: Diane Chamberlain
About the Book:
When Noelle Downie is found dead of an apparent overdose, her best friends Tara and Emerson are left blindsided by her death and struggling with burning questions. Everything they knew about their longtime friend—her natural calling as a midwife, her passion for causes, her love for her friends and family—portrayed a woman who completely embraced life, not someone suicidal.
Clearing out Noelle’s small home, Tara and Emerson encounter old photos, handwritten birth records, and sincere thank you notes from Noelle’s former patients—no hint that Noelle had been unstable during the years leading to her suicide. But among Noelle’s belongings, an unfinished letter is discovered—a clue to a disturbing past and an unbearable secret. With just one piece to the puzzle, Tara and Emerson commit to digging deeper for clues, slowly peeling back years of hidden deception that had been silently tearing apart their best friend.
Bestselling author of The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes and The Lies We Told, Diane Chamberlain returns with her twentieth and most gripping novel to date, THE MIDWIFE’S CONFESSION (Mira Books; May 2011, $15.95), about two women who embark on a investigation of their best friend’s untimely death, ultimately revealing a powerful secret that threatens to destroy everything they thought they knew about her.
This book was absolutely amazing and I would say it’s now on my list of favourite books of all time. It was my first time reading Diane Chamberlain and I will definitely be picking up more of her books. Her writing reminds me of Jodi Picoult, another of my favourite authors.
The book starts out with Noelle taking her own life although we aren’t sure why at this point. It got me intrigued though as to why this person felt she needed to kill herself and wondered what had happened. The story is told from various character’s points of view. Tara and Emerson are two of Noelle’s best friends and are heartbroken when they learn about their friend. Most of all they want to know why.
I connected with both Tara and Emerson and felt like I was right there with them as I was reading along. The author gives us small clues throughout but I don’t know understand fully the situation until towards the end of the book. It just keeps building and building until I am just beside myself and NEED TO KNOW what happened.
Noelle was not the person whom her friends thought she was. She wasn’t a bad person though and even though I didn’t agree with everything she did, I still didn’t dislike her character. She’s complex like most of us are and the author portrayed each personality so believably.
There’s a twist at the end that I didn’t see coming at all and I was left with my mouth wide open in shock. This is one book I will be telling all my friends and family about.
*I did not receive any financial compensation for this review, though I did receive a book for evaluation purposes. The opinions are based only on my experiences with the product.*