I am so excited to be one of the stops of The Silence by Katharine Johnson!! Before you read what the book is about, just look at that AMAZING cover! I love the black and white with a splash of RED. Read below for my review of this great book.
“A gripping tale of secrets and lies remembered long after the last page.” – Amanda James, author of Behind the Lie.
Doctor Abby Fenton has a rewarding career, a loving family, an enviable lifestyle – and a secret that could destroy everything.
When human remains are discovered in the grounds of an idyllic Tuscan holiday home she is forced to confront the memories she has suppressed until now and relive the summer she spent at the villa in 1992. A summer that ended in tragedy. The nearer she gets to the truth the closer she comes to losing her sanity.
In order to hold onto the people she loves most, she must make sure they never discover what she did. But the reappearance of someone else from that summer threatens to blow her secret wide open.
My Review: 4/5
I love books revolving around a secret past that threatens to come to the surface and possibly ruin lives. Abby has a perfect life. She’s a doctor, married with two wonderful little girls. But when bodies are discovered in Italy, her past starts to haunt her.
This was a great read. I really liked Abby, who does everything she can to keep the past in the past. However, that proves to be difficult when bits of pieces appear in her dreams. Although I didn’t like her decision of turning to an ex-boyfriend for hypnotherapy, it brings out full memories and she’s able to find the truth.
The story is told in past and present times. I liked that, but I did find the transitions a little choppy. It would have been better if it was specifically labeled ‘the past’ or ‘1992’…something to clearly let the reader know they were reading past events.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The character of Abby is a strong woman with vulnerabilities. I recommend this fast-paced story!
***Thank you so much to Emma and the author for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review
Katharine Johnson is a freelance writer and editor and has worked for a variety of magazines. She has a passion for crime novels, old houses and all things Italian (except tiramisu). She grew up in Bristol and has lived in Italy. She currently lives in Berkshire with her husband, three children and madcap spaniel. When not writing, she plays netball badly and is a room guide in a stately home. Her next novel The Silence, a psychological/coming of age story set in Tuscany will be published on June 8th.
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