Breaking the Silence Book Summary and Study Guide

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When Laura's father dies, he asks her to go visit an elderly woman named Sarah Tolley. Laura agrees, but is upset that her husband Ray is so against it. In fact, he is so distraught he commits suicide with Laura's daughter in the house. Emma is so upset over her stepfather's death she stops talking, and in an affort to help her Laura reunites with her father, Dylan, who learns for the first time that he has a daughter.
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Meanwhile, Laura visits Sarah, who has Alzheimer's, and can't even remember how she knew Laura's father. She does remember the past, however, and tells how she worked in a mental institution, where the government sponsored horrible treatments, and she believes the government had her husband, a reporter, killed when he investigated.

Laura and Dylan fall in love while trying to help Emma, who strangely will only talk to Sarah. Laura believes Sarah, and sets out to study the mystery of her husband's disappearance and the strang government involvement in the mental institution. Along the way Laura finds Sarah's husband, who she believed dead, and learns the startling truth about how her father knew Sarah.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 20% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Medical Thriller    -   Yes Medical Plotlets:    -   psychiatrist messes up mind Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to deaths/dead bodies and torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   descript. of breasts Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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